Is It Safe to Get Veneers for Purely Cosmetic Reasons?
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Dr. Todd Rogers
|Veneers are placed on a variety of patients' teeth. But are veneers only for those with unhealthy teeth? Should you opt for veneers if you just want a change in your smile?
Who Gets Dental Veneers?
The best candidates for veneers do NOT have underlying tooth decay or gum disease; the process of decay is not halted by the fitting of veneers, and may lead to further dental work in the future. Ideal candidates have: cracked, or broken teeth, discolored teeth, teeth with unsightly gaps between them, or misshapen teeth.
While cracked and broken teeth can be repaired in our office, gaps, discoloration, and irregular shape can all be corrected without the use of veneers. However, the psychological effect of having a wonky smile may be remedied by choosing veneers. Those with perfectly healthy teeth, that are displeased with the shape, size, color, or general look of their smile, are also excellent candidates for veneers.
Should I Have Any Concerns?
Applying veneers is mainly a cosmetic procedure. While some choose veneers because their tooth enamel is very thin, or weak, many choose them because they give our patients are uniform, bright, long-lasting smile. They are easily applied, with a wait period of just about 4 weeks (they are made specially in our lab, so your veneer fits your smile perfectly). A very thin layer of enamel is removed during this process, and the veneers are bonded to your teeth. This means, after veneers are placed, it is safe to treat them as you do your natural teeth; flossing and brushing as normal.
It's good to keep in mind that while your teeth will yellow over time, veneers will not. Thankfully, when choosing your veneers, you may choose from a range of colors. Whether you want a gleaming white smile, or a more natural-looking veneer, we've got you covered. Call us today for a consultation!