Non-Cosmetic Reasons for Porcelain Veneers

Many people think of cosmetic dentistry when they think of veneers, which are extremely thin pieces of porcelain that are permanently affixed to the fronts of teeth. Veneers have the power to dramatically transform a smile because they can improve the look of crooked, damaged, or stained teeth.

But the benefits of veneers go beyond looks. Veneers can add strength to weakened teeth and help protect teeth from damage and decay. Plus, porcelain is stain-resistant, which can make caring for your teeth a little easier.

Whether your concerns are cosmetic or functional, our dental team at Steelecroft Dental in Charlotte, North Carolina, can let you know if veneers are a good option for you. Here are three non-cosmetic reasons to consider veneers.

1. Veneers repair damaged teeth

Many people have superficial cracks or chips in their teeth. While small chips or cracks might not cause pain, they can put teeth at risk for decay by allowing bacteria to enter and cavities to form.

Veneers, which can cover up superficial cracks and chips and seal off any holes in the enamel, can help keep out bacteria. Larger cracks, however, may require a crown to protect the tooth’s structural integrity.

2. Veneers add strength to weakened enamel

The enamel on the outside of your teeth is the hardest material in the human body. It protects your teeth from decay and damage, but it can get weak over time. 

Acidic foods and beverages, genetics, and aging can all make enamel thin. Weak or thin enamel can put your teeth at risk for damage. If you have thin enamel, your teeth may be more likely to break or develop cavities.

Veneers can effectively add strength to weakened enamel because they can cover the front surfaces of weakened teeth.

3. Veneers help with oral hygiene

Bacteria and plaque can collect on spaces between teeth. Crooked or irregular teeth can make it hard to maintain the best oral hygiene, because it’s not always easy to clean between gaps.

Veneers can make gapped or uneven teeth appear straight. By sealing off the spaces between teeth, this can eliminate the areas that are difficult to reach when brushing and flossing. And when gaps are sealed, cavities are less likely to develop in these areas.

Once you have veneers, you’ll care for them just like your natural enamel. Porcelain is naturally stain-resistant, so it’s possible to maintain a brighter smile without the need for teeth whitening treatments. Your veneers can last about seven years with proper care, and you can have them replaced after that time to continue maintaining the cosmetic and functional benefits. 

If you want to see if veneers can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Steelecroft Dental today.

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