Dental Veneers: What You Need To Know
Designed to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, discolored, misshapen or damaged, dental veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or resin-composite materials that are attached to the front surface of teeth. At Athol Family Dentists, we know that this type of restorative, cosmetic dentistry can transform smiles.
While it’s common that some patients will opt for a veneer to correct a broken or damaged tooth, others choose to have six or more placed to give their smile a uniform look.
Whether you’re considering one or multiple veneers, here’s important information you should keep in mind.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Veneers?
- They correct minor cosmetic issues such as chips, cracks, gaps, and discoloration
- They’re stain-proof so it’s easy to keep your teeth white
- You can use them to replace your enamel if it's damaged or weak
- They have a natural appearance so most people will never know you have them
- They can last upwards of 10 years when taken care of properly.
Who Is A Candidate For Dental Veneers?
As long as your teeth don’t show any signs of tooth decay, gum or periodontal disease, or need for root canals, you are likely to be a viable candidate for veneers. Your dentist will use x-rays to confirm that your oral health is where it should be for this procedure.
How Do I Take Care Of Them?
Once veneers have been placed, you should care for them the way you would for your natural teeth by flossing once and brushing twice daily. Ensure that you don’t chew on hard objects like finger nails, ice, or pens, don’t use your teeth to open packages, and when playing sports, protect yourself by wearing a mouth guard.
Are you considering veneers? Call us at Athol Family Dentists today!