As we age, our bodies show the wear and tear of years of use. That pearly white smile you once had is not quite as brilliant. Teeth may have become chipped, cracked or a bit uneven. Frankly, your smile has become worn. This may just seem to be a cosmetic flaw when you glance in the mirror. When compared to your entire body, your teeth seem like such a small piece of the puzzle. However, did you know worn teeth make you look older? They may even leave you smiling less whether you realize you are hiding them or not. Fear not, however, because it is a new year and you have 365 chances to create a new you!
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of ceramic that attached to the fronts of your teeth. These medical-grade porcelain pieces allow your dentist to recreate your natural smile. Today, the porcelain material is advanced enough to provide durably, strength and resilience comparable to your natural tooth enamel. Because each piece is carefully constructed for each tooth, porcelain veneers ensure a customized smile you can be proud of.
Porcelain veneers provide you with a natural, beautiful smile. While we often associate this with a fancy tooth-whitening procedure, veneers can do so much more. Chips, cracks, discoloration all occur through the use of our teeth. Some may be just the natural aging process, but falls or other factors can contribute to causing them. Porcelain veneers can help your smile appear whole and evenly colored. Decayed, crowded, misaligned or unevenly shaped teeth can also be corrected with porcelain veneers. (Please note, a dentist will need to first treat the root cause of decay or oral diseases prior to clearing a patient for veneers.) Gaps may also be filled when a dentist applies your custom-built veneers.
Can Anyone Get Them?
Porcelain veneers are subject to your dentist’s approval. It is important that your mouth be in ideal health. If you suffer from gum disease, tooth decay or many other treatable oral illnesses, however, that does not necessarily mean you are ineligible. Your dentist will work with you to get your mouth healthy and ready for porcelain veneers.
Ready for a Change?
If your New Year’s resolution included creating a new or improved version of you, porcelain veneers may be just the way to kick off these goals. In our youth, our teeth have yet to be subjected to a cup or two of coffee every day, slipping off the front steps while grabbing the morning paper, or years of chewing. The pearly white smile of a child is youthful. By restoring your teeth to that beautiful white and even structure, you can take 10-years off your smile. You will even find yourself smiling more, just to show them off. And – that dazzling, expressive smile will increase that youthful appearance even more! to determine if you are ready for porcelain veneers (or need help preparing for them), check out a dentist near you.