Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Veneers
When you think of veneers, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a smile makeover. But these custom-made porcelain shells do far more than fix cosmetic issues. That’s why Dr. Valerie M. Preston, at VP Dental, uses veneers to treat a wide range of dental problems.
Here are a few ways veneers can improve your smile and your overall health.
Correcting enamel erosion
The protective enamel covering on your tooth is strong, but it’s not invincible. In fact, your enamel can wear away over time for several reasons, including:
- • Normal wear and tear
- • Overzealous toothbrushing
- • Consuming highly acidic foods or drinks
- • Having acid reflux disease
Once your enamel disappears, it’s gone for good. But, when Dr. Preston bonds a thin, porcelain veneer to the surface of your tooth, you get a new layer of protection from germs and decay. An added bonus? Veneers are far stronger than naturally occurring enamel, so they create a harder and sturdier tooth surface. This provides an even greater barrier from tooth decay for the years to come.
Fixing small cracks
A cracked tooth can increase your chance of serious issues, from decay and infection to root canals and even tooth extraction. But, not all cracks are created equal. If you have a significant break, Dr. Preston might recommend covering your entire tooth with a crown. A crown is a synthetic tooth-like cap bonded to the surface of your damaged tooth to add stability and protection. To fit a crown, Dr. Preston has to grind away a significant part of your existing tooth to create space in the area.
If you have a small or superficial crack on the front of your tooth, however, a veneer can offer a better alternative. Dr. Preston still has to remove some of your enamel to fit your veneer, but it’s significantly less than what’s required to place a crown. Because of this, a veneer can effectively seal off any tooth damage while retaining more of its natural integrity.
Eliminating gaps and uneven spaces
This may sound like a cosmetic issue, but having space between your teeth can actually increase your risk of cavities and tooth decay. That’s because these areas make it easier for sticky plaque and hard tartar deposits to build up, which creates the perfect environment for bacteria to collect. On top of that, gaps also create more surface area for acid from the foods you eat to penetrate your enamel, increasing your risk of tooth decay.
Veneers can address these issues by closing up the spaces between your teeth. Not only does this keep sticky plaque, tartar, and bacteria at bay, it also makes it easier to keep your gums and teeth clean.
All these benefits add up to better oral health and fewer long-term dental issues. It’s also incredibly easy to take care of your veneers. Simply treat them like your natural teeth by brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and having professional cleanings twice a year.
To see if veneers can address your dental issues, contact us and schedule an appointment with VP Dental today.