A porcelain dental veneer is a thin sheet of ceramic used to hide minor flaws, such as gaps, chips, or cracks. Also, a well-executed dental veneer can hide even the most stubborn intrinsic stains that don’t respond to even the most potent whitening treatments.
Dr. Peter Noto helps patients in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, and surrounding areas decide which cosmetic dentistry options offer you a chance to get a grin that lights up the room. Set up a cosmetic dentistry consultation soon if you’re interested in investing in a smile that you can’t wait to show off.
Do you feel self-conscious about your imperfect smile? Well, the good news is that you don’t have to be. Continue reading to unpack six advantages of dental veneers.
1. Veneers are relatively conservative.
Enamel plays a vital role in protecting your teeth. Without enamel, your dentin, dental nerves, and other parts of your teeth are susceptible to severe amounts of damage, infection, and cell loss. Even though your dentist must shave off a tiny amount of enamel to attach the dental veneer to the front of your teeth, you’ll experience significantly less enamel loss compared to crown and dental bridges.
2. Veneers are a long-lasting solution.
Cosmetic dentists apply an enamel-colored resin to correct slight dental imperfections through a dental bonding process. Compared to dental bonding, veneers can accomplish similar goals with longer-lasting results. Typically, dental bonding can last between 3 to 10 years. On the other hand, veneers likely need to be replaced every 10 to 20 years.
3. They are low maintenance.
Another distinction of dental veneers is that they don’t require extra care or special maintenance. Generally, you can take care of your veneers like your natural teeth, meaning:
- Brush and floss twice daily
- Regularly visit your dentist
- Treat them with respect (Your teeth are not tools! Veneers can chip like natural enamel.)
4. They look and feel like your natural teeth.
When performed correctly, your porcelain veneers should feel natural and comfortable. Theoretically, you shouldn’t notice a difference when eating, talking, or doing anything with your teeth.
5. Veneers are stain-resistant.
Naturally, porcelain repels stains. Unlike enamel, porcelain veneers stay their consistent color because it is non-porous, thanks to the protective glaze. (Fun fact! This unique protective glaze helps reflect light and strengthens the dental veneer.) So, if you smoke or partake in coffee, red wine, or tea, we excitedly report that your veneers should not be discolored.
While veneers shouldn’t darken over time, they also shouldn’t lighten. Although a dental veneer mimics enamel in many ways, it cannot respond to whitening treatment. Whitening treatment is specially formulated to lift stains from enamel, not a dental veneer.
6. Veneers are a quick and straightforward solution.
After only take three visits to our Oakbrook Terrace dental office, you could walk out with a brand-new smile. Dr. Noto will expertly diagnose, plan, prep, and bond your new dental veneers during these in-person visits.
7. Little Recovery Time
After your veneers have been placed and the anesthetic wears off, you’re basically good to go and can resume normal function almost immediately. But, make sure to follow Dr. Noto’s aftercare instructions as you adjust to your new smile.
The Choice is Clear: Go with a Dental Veneer
Dental veneers are a great choice if you want to quickly improve your smile. Find out more information about porcelain dental veneers in Oakbrook Terrace by calling (630) 620-8300 or messaging us online.