Your teeth are one of the main focal points on your face, so when they aren’t perfect it can quickly decrease your confidence.
You may want your teeth to be a little whiter, or maybe you have some imperfections you wish could be covered up. And if you want to know the best way to correct imperfections in your smile, dental veneers could be the answer.
At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio, our staff is fully committed to helping you improve your smile. Our dental expert, Dr. Gabriel Polo, specializes in all kinds of procedures to give you a healthier smile. He helps you determine if corrective options like dental veneers are the right choice for you.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are a type of covering that go over the front, visible part of your tooth. They are thin shells that are placed over your existing tooth to correct imperfections and improve your overall appearance.
Veneers are a permanent change to your teeth — once we place them on your teeth, they can’t be taken off. They’re custom made to fit your teeth and improve the overall shape, length, and color of your smile.
When taken care of properly, veneers can last up to 15 years. After that time, they’ll need to be replaced to ensure that your smile stays healthy.
Veneers — not only for looks
Although many of us attribute veneers to celebrities and a completely perfect smile, their use goes far beyond that. They can make your teeth look much whiter, but also have other uses for corrective dentistry, including:
- Improving teeth that are misshapen
- Fixing broken or chipped teeth
- Enhancing worn down teeth
- Correcting misalignments
- Evening out the length of teeth
- Filling gaps between teeth
Your teeth can suffer a lot of damage and wear over the years, making veneers not only a solution for the look of your teeth, but for durability as well.
Different types of veneers
Veneers can be made of several different types of materials. We discuss each type with you to decide which is best for your specific need.
Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers. However, because they require a lot more preparation, they’re commonly much more expensive than other types of veneers. The good thing about porcelain veneers is that they’re very strong and resist stains well.
Composite veneers are the other form of covering for your teeth. These are usually less invasive for us to put on your teeth, but they don’t last as long as porcelain. They can, however, be repaired fairly easily.
Pros and cons of veneers
Whether you’re getting veneers for a more beautiful smile or their purpose is to help fix certain dental imperfections, veneers have both pros and cons to them that you should be aware of. Understanding these is important before you make a decision that affects your teeth.
Veneers have a lot of positive outcomes for your teeth. Some of the pros of this type of dental treatment include:
- They’re stronger than crowns
- They look natural
- They’re stain resistant
- Your gums tolerate them well
- They make your teeth whiter
However, like any other treatment that you consider, veneers also carry risks that we discuss with you before moving forward. These risks include:
You should have relatively healthy teeth in order for veneers to work well for you. We may not recommend veneers if you regularly clench and grind your teeth, as this can cause the veneers to become damaged.
If you think your smile could benefit from dental veneers, call our office in Conroe, Texas, or book an appointment online today.