There are several cosmetic dental options that can cover and improve a less than perfect smile. Some options come with higher costs. Have you been wondering if getting porcelain veneers are worth it? While it is true that veneers are one of the more costly investments, where cosmetic dentistry is concerned, they do have a number of unique benefits that help make them one of the most popular forms of smile enhancement, and one of the most commonly dentist recommended. From their durability to their fine detail, are you ready to learn more about how porcelain veneers could help your smile?
Veneers Provide Natural looking Enhancements
Perhaps you have seen some people with outdated, obvious looking veneers, and are worried that’s how your smile will look after treatment. Fortunately, modern veneers can be made to look natural and to fit comfortably, allowing for gorgeous enhancements most people will not recognize as dental work, at all. They will only see a gorgeous smile.
They can also be made thinner than before, some veneers require no prep at all, allowing the dentist to preserve more of your healthy tooth enamel, while still affixing the veneers in a way that allows them to sit flush within your smile.
They Are Designed for Comfort, Easy Care and Long-lasting Improvements
Cosmetic bonding is often a more affordable way to enhance the smile, which makes it seem appealing to many patients. However, porcelain veneers tend to be a better long-term investment, because of the properties that make porcelain such a great material for dental work, both cosmetic and restorative.
Porcelain is similar to natural teeth in that it is both strong and stain resistant, allowing patients to care for their veneers (or porcelain dental crowns) the same way they care for their other teeth. This also allows veneers to last for several years, even over a decade, with proper preventive care!
Are veneers an expensive form of cosmetic treatment?
Veneers are more expensive than many other forms of cosmetic treatment, including dental bonding which accomplishes many of the same effects. That’s because the veneers must be custom crafted of dental porcelain, which is far more durable and stain resistant than the material used for bonding. This makes veneers more costly upfront, but a great long term investment!
Will veneers take a long time to be completed?
The longest part of the veneer process is planning the perfect size and shape, based on your desires for your smile, and then having them carefully crafted by a ceramicist. Once your dentist has received them, however, the application process is quite quick. The prettiest ceramic type to use is feldspathic porcelain and Emax. The amount of change in your smile can be stunning.
Modern ceramic veneers are so thin that little preparation must be done to the enamel of your teeth, meaning far less filing is necessary than in the past. In fact, some dentists now offer no-prep veneers or minimal prep veneers, which require very little or no adjustment to your natural teeth.
What Kind of Imperfections Do You Want to Address?
The first step in devising any treatment plan to fix your smile, is determining the causes of your concern. In the case of simple staining, for instance, the treatment is often straightforward. In most cases, teeth whitening is the best option for correcting deep discoloration.
If there are several esthetic concerns, however, it becomes more important to consult with your cosmetic dentist about the best course of action. For many patients, tooth covers make a great treatment option, because they can be used to hide a variety of concerns, from inconsistencies in the shape or size of the teeth, to minor spaces between some of them. They can also hide some discoloration issues.
Enjoy Long-lasting Smile Enhancements
One of the primary reasons to choose veneers over other treatment options is because of how long the results can last. Dental grade porcelain is an incredibly strong and naturally stain resistant material, which makes care for veneers simple. Plus, many patients can enjoy their veneers for more than ten years with proper care, making them a great long-term investment in one’s smile.
But how do you know if porcelain veneers are right for you? Ask yourself a few questions:
- Am I happy with the color of my teeth?
- Do I have chipped teeth?
- Do my teeth have a crooked or gapped appearance?
- Does my smile make me look older?
- Am I embarrassed by my teeth?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, porcelain veneers could improve your smile. When you come to Dr. Fondriest for a consultation, he will determine which options are best for your smile makeover.