A popular cosmetic solution for teeth that are stained, discolored, chipped, gapped, misshapen, misaligned, or worn down are veneers. Veneers are shells in the shape of natural teeth that are placed over the natural tooth that needs to be concealed. A lot of the patients that are recommended veneers by their dentist may wonder whether veneers can actually ruin their teeth. If you are curious about dental veneers as a cosmetic dental solution, here’s what you need to know.
Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are a common solution for problem teeth. If you get them, you will have teeth that look and feel natural and are stain-resistant. Veneers can transform a smile and are life-changing for those who have spent a considerable amount of time living with dental imperfections. Dentists can create beautiful and healthy-looking smiles with the use of veneers.
To install veneers, dentists must shave down the natural tooth’s enamel to make way for the veneers to fit. This is an area of concern for many patients.
Will Veneers Ruin My Teeth?
Worrying about veneers ruining your teeth is normal, especially since it involves enamel shaving. Once enamel is worn down, it is difficult to grow back. The good news is, a dentist who is an expert in veneers can skillfully complete the procedure with minimal enamel removal. Typically, only a maximum of half a millimeter can be removed from the enamel, so that when the veneers are applied, the teeth look natural and don’t appear larger than normal. Porcelain veneers in particular are very thin, which means the dentist would only need to shave off minimal enamel. If you are concerned about enamel thinning, make sure to choose a dental professional that offers porcelain veneers.
It is very unlikely that your teeth will be ruined. In fact, after placing porcelain veneers over your teeth, they add a layer of protection over your natural teeth, prevent further damage, and preserve their structure.
Veneers may be long-lasting but still need proper care, especially since your natural teeth are still under the veneer coverings. Your natural teeth will not be protected from decay and damage without good dental hygiene. After seeing their smiles transformed, patients usually become motivated to take better care of their teeth. Veneers are an investment. To get the most out of them, you need to care for them. Make sure to see your dentist at least twice a year for professional check-ups and cleanings.
Cosmetic Dentist in Minneapolis-St. Paul
At Hagerman Dental Care, we offer highly durable, natural-looking, and very thin porcelain veneers to patients who are eligible. Come in for an evaluation, and we will provide you with options for restoring teeth. Dr. Steven Hagerman and the rest of our team believes that it’s never too late to have a beautiful smile.
If you’re interested in veneers and would like to find out if you are a good candidate for them, call Hagerman Dental Care at (651) 646-2392 or use our convenient online form to make an appointment with Dr. Hagerman. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you.