Do you have teeth that you are not proud to show off in public due to some form of aesthetic or functional defect? Maybe you have teeth that have become discolored or that are cracked or chipped. Did you know that there is a wildly popular cosmetic dental procedure available to you called porcelain veneers? Porcelain veneers are very thin shells constructed of durable porcelain that are fully customizable to your smile. Dr. David Cannon and the team at Cannon Dental offer beautifully natural-looking veneers to patients who come into his Salt Lake City, UT office.
Why People are Choosing Porcelain Veneers
Let us take a look at some reasons why people all over the world are choosing porcelain veneers to conceal embarrassing and unsightly dental flaws.
- Say Goodbye to Chips, Cracks, and Discoloration
Porcelain veneers are a great solution for concealing minute cosmetic dental issues that are typically visible when you talk or smile. Chips, cracks, and tooth discolorations are all easily concealable when you receive porcelain veneers. When you visit your dentist, you will undergo a consultation during which it will be determined if you are a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers. An example of a situation that will make you a suitable candidate is if you have slight gaps between your teeth, which a veneer could close.
Not everybody makes a great candidate for porcelain veneers. If your teeth are weakened or fragile, it may be recommended that you receive a dental crown instead, which can help preserve the weakened tooth while providing a natural appearance. No matter what conclusion may be reached, you can rest easy that your dentist will find the solution that is best for you.
- Minimal Enamel Removal Is Required
Enamel never grows back. Once it is gone, it is gone for good. This reality makes the fact that only a very thin layer of the enamel needs to be removed a great thing. And since receiving a veneer is completely non-invasive, no anesthesia is necessary for the procedure.
Because porcelain veneers are applied to just the fronts of teeth, it requires much less enamel removal than other dental procedures such as a porcelain dental crown or dental bridge. Both procedures require more enamel to be removed because they have to fit over the entire tooth.
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- Hiding Discoloration
If you have teeth that, over time, have become discolored or stained from dietary choices, smoking, or just genetics, then veneers provide a wonderful opportunity for you. You can choose the shade of your veneers, and, once applied, they will hide the discolored tooth underneath.
Once you receive your porcelain veneers, they can last for years if treated right. Through proper oral hygiene habits and making sure you are eating a good diet, you can make sure the brilliant white shade that a veneer provides will last for years to come. Since porcelain veneers will be what is coming into contact with the foods and drinks you ingest, they (over time) could begin to discolor. Also, watch out for biting down on hard foods such as ice as this could crack the veneer. When treated with care, a porcelain veneer could last upwards of 10 years.
- Porcelain Veneers Provide a Boost in Confidence
If you are looking into porcelain veneers, it is probably safe to say that you do not have as much confidence in your smile as you would like. Maybe it prevents you from smiling as much as you would like to. However, your smile is affecting your self-confidence, know that those moments are about to end. When you receive porcelain veneers, you will be showing off your beautiful smile again with more confidence than ever before.
In many situations, receiving porcelain veneers will take two trips into the dental office. The first visit will be to take impressions that get sent to the lab, and you will receive temporary veneers. When you return for your second visit, your veneers will be ready to apply, and you will be walking out with a smile that you have never been prouder to show off.