You may have heard of dental veneers, which are a sort of “cover” placed on the front-facing side of your teeth to improve their appearance. They’re usually made of a resin or advanced porcelain which is permanently bonded to the tooth, and can last anywhere from 7 to 15 years, depending on your usage. They are oftentimes a good choice for those who feel embarrassed about uneven, chipped, cracked, or poorly spaced teeth. The veneers aren’t merely all for show; they also provide some function in protecting the surfaces of damaged teeth from further wear & tear, and are much less invasive compared to crowns. They’re also pretty neat in that you’ll probably get away without having to undergo even more complicated treatments.
Below are just some of the upsides of having veneers put on at your local dentist, which will solve many, if not all of your cosmetic dental needs:
- Feeling worn down: Years of use gradually wear teeth down, and it’s natural. Teeth which have seen a lot of years will be more likely to develop cracks & chips.
- Family ties: Some of us take on the uneven spaces within our teeth which was passed down genetically from Uncle John.
- Less enamel-ed: The outer surface of our teeth (enamel) can become discolored, lose its shiny luster, or just thin out showing the yellow dentin underneath. Usually it’s a consequence of too many sodas or coffee shop lattes, but it could also be a part of genetics.
- Misshapen teeth: General wear or grinding one’s teeth can also cause misshapen teeth which take away from an even smile.
There are numerous options available when it comes to veneers, and the costs vary according to where the treatment is performed, the artistic skill of the ceramist creating the veneers, whether the veneer is resin or porcelain, and the number of teeth upon which veneers will be bonded.