Veneers are an incredibly accessible, relatively affordable option for those looking to improve their smile. While natural teeth are strong and functional, they can become discoloured or even damaged over time. Veneers are an excellent alternative if you are looking to achieve and maintain the perfect smile, but what else do veneers have to offer you?
1. It is a quick & easy way to whiten your teeth
Taking steps to whiten natural teeth can be extremely difficult and time-consuming. It can also be quite an expensive procedure, especially if they are heavily stained with things like wine, tea or coffee. Colourful food and dark drinks can spell trouble for the appearance of your teeth, but veneers will instantly transform your look, turning your teeth from yellow to early-white in no time at all.
2. They are fairly low-maintenance
While veneers are pretty much stain-resistant, they will still need to be brushed and maintained at least twice a day, much like you would with your natural teeth. Using mouthwash, flossing and brushing your teeth, even with veneers, will ensure optimum oral hygiene and health, so it is imperative you don’t slack when it comes to looking after your teeth, even if they are veneers.
3. It enables minor cosmetic issues to be rectified
It might be that you have got a chipped tooth or perhaps the enamel has worn away to the point where it is now noticeable. It might even be something as simple as having yellow teeth; veneers will instantly cover up and fix those aesthetic issues you might have. You will, almost instantly, end up forgetting all about your cosmetic problems when it comes to the appearance of your teeth if you choose to have veneers fitted.
4. There are a couple of materials available to choose from
Unlike with other types of cosmetic dentistry, veneers are available in two different materials. This is so that a set of veneers is found that are completely right for the patient. The two materials that are on the market right now include porcelain and composite resin. However, more often than not, people will opt for the porcelain option, mainly because they are proven to be:
- More attractive and natural-looking
- Durable, strong and supportive
5. Your teeth will still look natural
Dental veneers create a flawless smile that looks as natural as possible. This is because porcelain veneers have light-reflecting qualities that are incredibly close and similar to that of healthy tooth enamel. Composite resin, on the other hand, enables the dentist to shape and mould the veneer so precisely that it will match your other teeth. This is incredibly useful if you have not opted for a full set of veneers but wish to restore a couple of teeth instead.
6. They are (relatively) stain-resistant
Both porcelain and composite-resin veneers have stain-resisting properties. You will no longer have to worry about discolouration occurring from coffee, tea, fruit drinks and wine. However, you will still need to ensure and maintain good oral hygiene.
Veneers are what someone would imagine the perfect smile would look like. But you will need to be careful about the foods you eat, including ice, toffee, hard-boiled sweets etc because these could cause veneers to chip, much like with natural-looking teeth.
7. Excellent results are instant
Veneers provide excellent results almost as soon as they are fitted. Where it may take more than one visit to the dentist, around two (typically), as soon as your treatment is complete, you will have an instantaneous exceptional smile with incredible-looking teeth that everyone will be envious of. Not only will the results be instant, but they will last for as long as 15 years, if not longer. Ask your dentist for some advice about keeping your veneers in tip-top condition for as long as possible.
8. They are an incredibly versatile option
Veneers are incredibly versatile, to the point where they will be able to:
- Disguise stubborn stains and discolouration
- Cover up chips and cracks
- Hide misshapen or crooked teeth with a new, natural-looking shape
- Take the place of crowns, caps, teeth whitening treatment and even minor teeth-straightening procedures
9. They can be more affordable than you may have thought otherwise
Veneers are widely considered to be an extremely expensive cosmetic dental treatment, and while they can be pricey, they are not nearly as expensive as other types of dental restoration treatments and procedures, such as crowns. Veneers should be looked at as a worthwhile, long-lasting investment. They are far more durable and the results last longer than teeth whitening, for example.
10. Little preparation is needed to have veneers fitted
It might be a common misconception that veneers take several hours of preparation that is split up into a number of appointments, but this simply isn’t the case when it comes to fitting dental veneers. A small amount of natural tooth enamel is removed in order to make room for your veneers. But once the enamel is gone, it is gone forever and will not grow back (this is something to consider before having veneers fitted).
But only a small amount of enamel will need to be lifted before your veneers can be installed. The removal of enamel does not only allow extra room, but it also makes it far easier to bond the veneer to the natural tooth.
The preparation process is non-invasive, meaning you may not need anaesthetic for any part of the treatment, although this will be up to your dentist. But when it comes to having crowns fitted, even more enamel is removed in order for it to fit over the top of the tooth – veneers will require far less enamel removal.
11. They are as strong & supportive as natural teeth
Veneers, once fitted, can be used just as you would use your natural teeth to eat, chew, drink and speak. They are so strong and durable that they are used to replace natural teeth, even those that are damaged, crooked or misshapen. They are strong and sturdy enough to last for decades, provided they are looked after accordingly.
Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic is located in the heart of the East Midlands, in the picturesque village of Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic in Leicestershire. We are pleased to serve clients throughout the UK, providing specialist dentist treatments including dental veneers, crowns and bridges, dentures and dental implants, endodontic procedures, orthodontic treatments and periodontal procedures, to name a few. With a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon, you will always be able to look to the specialist team at Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic to help. For more information about our work and treatments, get in touch with one of our experts – we are always happy to hear from you.