Veneers aren’t as lauded as teeth whitening kits, invisible teeth aligner trays, or dental crowns. But maybe they should be, because they offer a low-cost route for correcting issues with the alignment, color and shape of teeth. Find out why porcelain veneers deserve more time in the spotlight and learn just how that can help improve your smile.
Teeth Whitening Solution
Veneers are a permanent solution for teeth whitening. They’re capable of lasting you years, as opposed to mere weeks with a teeth whitening kit – after a couple of weeks, you’ll have to whiten your teeth again if you choose to whiten with a kit.
Veneers are naturally tooth-colored, though their hue can be adjusted to match other teeth in your mouth if you’ll only have veneers applied to just a few teeth.
Braces and Invisalign® invisible aligners are still the two best options for correcting moderately or severely misaligned teeth. But for mild to moderate cases, veneers can hide the imperfections and make all of your teeth appear to be perfectly aligned.
Just as they can hide discoloration and misalignment issues with your teeth, porcelain veneers can also cover up minor damage to your teeth. If you’ve got a tooth that has suffered a minor chip, veneers can hide the chip. For more severe chips and cracks, porcelain veneers are the best options. In those cases, porcelain crowns are a better solution.
Just as veneers are bonded to the front side of tooth, porcelain crowns are bonded atop each tooth after your dentist removes decay and reshapes each damaged tooth.
Another big benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are naturally resistant to cavities. However, the teeth that they’re bonded to aren’t immune to cavities. So it’s important you maintain your teeth every day.
It’s also important to be aware that applying porcelain veneers to teeth can make the teeth more sensitive, especially if they already are sensitive.