A smile that causes embarrassment is one way to bring a person down in most areas of life. It’s hard to enjoy talking, eating, laughing, or other activities if you’re hesitant to show your teeth. One way that cosmetic dentistry can change your smile is with dental veneers.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are extremely thin shells that are adhered to the fronts of your teeth to cover problems. They hide problems that might make you embarrassed or uncomfortable about your smile. Veneers don’t require extensive tooth reshaping and are customized to your specific teeth.
What are the benefits of getting veneers?
Providing a natural appearance, veneers give you a whole new smile. The color may be chosen to either match your real teeth or give you a whiter look. Porcelain is the most common material for veneers, and it resists future stains. Also, gums are usually not irritated by contact with the porcelain. Veneers are a long-lasting, durable solution.
What problems can veneers help?
Dentists recommend veneers for patients with issues such as these:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stains or discoloration from foods, medications, and personal habits
- Worn down teeth from overuse
- Uneven, misaligned, or misshapen teeth
Who is not a candidate for veneers?
Dental veneers aren’t the best solution for everyone. Your dentist may advise against veneers if you have any of the following conditions:
- Untreated tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Insufficient tooth structure or enamel due to excessive wear or large fillings which won’t allow the veneers to attach properly
- Teeth grinding habit which can cause the irreparable veneers to break
Teeth that are missing or lost due to problems like disease or injury should be replaced so that the mouth’s function and appearance are restored. Dental implants are a great way to achieve this for patients with healthy gums and in good overall condition.
Dental implants have a high success rate in suitable candidates for the procedure. Patients are happy with the long-term outcomes, especially where function, looks, bone preservation, maintenance, and hygiene are concerned.
Implants definitely improve appearance because they give patients back a full smile. They look like natural teeth and are made to match existing teeth. Unlike real teeth that can age or become diseased or lost, implants can delay or prevent changes in that area of the jaw. Implants will not shrink or age the face.
Dental implants feel like real teeth. Since the restoration is surgically inserted directly into the jaw and allowed to fuse with the bone, it ends up feeling just like part of the body. Implants are very comfortable, unlike some alternate teeth replacement solutions such as dentures.
Implants restore the ability to eat and speak, which are both difficult when some teeth are missing. These tasks may also be negatively affected by dentures, because that type of restoration has a reputation for affecting eating and talking. Implants allow patients to feel comfortable that they will function correctly, eliminating the worry that accompanies other solutions.
Implants are durable and easy to maintain. They are taken care of just like real teeth, and they remain in place without having to remove for cleaning. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
If you live in the Beaverton area and you are considering dental implants, contact our office today.Read More »