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Veneers and Your Oral Health


If you’re looking to change the appearance or feel of your smile, you may have considered veneers as a solution. Veneers — a thin layer that creates a protective surface over your current teeth — are not to be confused with the dentures they replace. With veneers, your teeth will still be a part of your mouth; even better, your teeth are outfitted with extra security — a protective layer of porcelain.

Veneers are a layer of porcelain that covers your teeth. They don’t change the appearance of your teeth, and fit seamlessly into your mouth. Veneers look natural, as a permanent fixture to your mouth. Permanent veneers will typically cover what is known as your “social six”: These are the six teeth that people see when you smile.

How long do veneers last?

One keynote about porcelain veneers is that while permanent, they will need to be eventually replaced. The typical lifespan of permanent veneers is 10-20 years, or 15 years on average. If you’ve ever had braces, some of the same rules apply. You will need to get your veneers replaced if they begin to loosen, or if they break.

What are some of the benefits of veneers?

Depending on your needs, there are multiple benefits to porcelain veneers. One of the most noticeable benefits to veneers  the cosmetic upgrade they offer your already phenomenal smile. While it may not seem like a big deal at first glance, you will notice yourself smiling bigger and brighter. In addition, you can still eating you favorite foods, even though you’ll need to be a little more cautious with the integrity of your teeth during the process.

If you have severe enamel loss, veneers are sometimes a choice solution. Veneers can help correct enamel loss, by replacing lost enamel with additional protection. In addition, veneers help your teeth retain a white, clean shine. If you are constantly visiting the dentist for teeth whitening, you might want to ask if veneers are an option that can help you accomplish the same goal.

When is it time to get veneers? 

While veneers offer a wide variety of benefits, they’re also permanent. This is a dental procedure that should not be taken lightly, and you should consult your family dentist or a facility that specializes in the field of oral fixtures before electing to move forward with veneer application. Many of our patients opt for veneers when they have severe enamel damage, enamel issues that are past the point of correction. 

With a proper dental routine, you will not typically not reach severe enamel loss until much later in life. However, your dentist can also advise you on the correct steps to take when getting veneers. For many people, veneers are used to correct issues, but for others, veneers can simply help to increase the self-confidence behind an already winning smile. 

For correcting oral concerns & more

There’s more to veneers than simply correcting enamel loss and fixing your smile. They can also be used for individual teeth that are either misaligned or uneven. Veneers can also help to even out your bite pattern, and to remedy the gaps between teeth. Sometimes, veneers are the first step toward fixing broken teeth. Broken teeth can lead to discomfort and overall sensitivity to various foods, whether or not you realize it.

During the veneer application process, your dental professional will need to reshape the affected area to form the veneers to your mouth. This will mean that your teeth will need minutely shaped. This is a standard procedure, and your dentist will advise you of the correct treatment plan before making any permanent changes to your mouth.

To take your first steps toward a better, brighter, veneer-assisted smile, call Summer Dental at (702) 852-2829 or book your appointment today!

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