Of the many dentistry services available to improve patients’ oral health and appearance, veneers are among the most popular thanks to their effectiveness and simplicity. Made of porcelain or resin and designed to resemble healthy teeth, veneers are permanently adhered to the front of an affected tooth to make it shine like new, improving a patient’s overall appearance.
But veneers also have a few extra benefits that may surprise patients considering them. Here are some lesser-known advantages of veneers.
As long as there is no underlying tooth decay and the affected teeth are generally straight and sturdy, the dentist may not need to file down the original teeth much, or at all, before installing a veneer. These “prepless” veneers can be as effective and last as long as traditional veneers, all without affecting the structure of the original teeth.
As with natural teeth, veneers can crack or break off for a variety of reasons, requiring the patient to schedule an appointment for a repair. This kind of deterioration, however, is rare. Patients can expect porcelain veneers to last at least a decade, if not several decades.
Sensitive teeth are often the result of cracked teeth, exposed roots, or eroded enamel. Veneers can act as a shield over sensitive areas, covering the affected teeth and reducing or eliminating sensitivity.
One obvious benefit of veneers is their ability to brighten a patient’s smile. But when placed on the side and front teeth, veneers can broaden a patient’s smile and give them a fuller-looking face. Fortifying the back teeth with veneers can even help with facial wrinkles and folds, all without resorting to more extensive full-mouth rehabilitation procedures.