Despite a lot of hard work and patience, getting the perfect smile with your own teeth can be out of reach for some people. Maybe they have chipped a tooth or their teeth are a bit small. Whatever your reason for being unhappy with your smile, perfection could still be achieved with dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is a tooth shaped piece of material which is placed permanently over a tooth. Each one is as individual as their owners. A composite veneer is shaped to your tooth using resin and is typically used to repair chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are slightly stronger and fit over the entire tooth front. It is possible to have veneers on one or two teeth but people generally get veneers to cover the teeth which are visible when they smile. The result is a set of pearly white teeth that will make you grin from ear to ear.

How do you look after veneers?

Looking after your veneers requires the same care that you would give your teeth, some gentle brushing twice a day. It doesn’t take much to look after your veneers, but you do need to be mindful of what you put in your mouth. This means don’t chew pens, ice or anything else that might cause them to crack. If you take good care of them they can last up to 15 years if they are porcelain, and up to 7 years years if they are composite. 

There can be some prep work required before veneers can be applied such as x-rays to check for damage to your teeth. But if your teeth are healthy, adding veneers to them will give you an added layer of protection to the tooth enamel. If you damage one of your veneers, it can be replaced and fixed.

How could they benefit you?

We have already mentioned the extra layer of protection that comes with adding a layer over the tooth enamel. When tooth enamel disappears, it will not grow back. This also protects teeth from staining and teeth stay whiter for longer. Because veneers are custom made to your teeth, they will cover any imperfections such as chips or cracks. If you have smaller or unusual shaped teeth, veneers can cover them and give your mouth some symmetry. The application of the veneers is not invasive and the results are instant. So as soon as you leave the chair, you can go on with your day.

Are there any downsides?

Your mouth may feel tender for a few days after your veneers have been applied but this normally settles and disappears. It can take a few weeks to get used to having veneers as the shape of your teeth may be completely different from what you are used to.

If you are feeling unsure about your smile, we would encourage you to stop by our office in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to discuss your options. We look forward  to helping you decide if veneers are the right decision to get your perfect smile.