You may have heard that it only takes seconds for someone to develop a first impression. But did you know that your smile is one of the most significant factors influencing whether that first impression is positive? That was the conclusion of one recent study, where researchers found that individuals with healthy, straight teeth are perceived as more trustworthy, confident, and approachable.
That’s why cosmetic dental solutions like porcelain veneers are increasingly popular. They’re a less-intensive procedure than dental implants, completely transforming a person’s smile after only a few visits.
Even celebrities rely on veneers to keep their smiles sterling for the camera.
If you’re deciding whether veneers are the right solution, check out these key benefits of using them to revitalize your smile.
1. Porcelain Veneers Provide a Natural Appearance
The purpose of veneers is to make your teeth look healthy, uniform and natural. To that end, you want each veneer to be made from material that can mimic the appearance of a natural tooth.
That’s one of the porcelain veneers’ leading advantages as a material. It looks so natural that only your dentist will ever know the difference. The material can even be custom-tailored to match the rest of your teeth.
Back in the day, veneers sometimes had the stigma of producing over-large, fake-looking smiles, and people would know that you had veneers. But with modern digital design and fabrication processes, each veneer will be perfectly sized to fit your natural smile and facial proportions. They will also be tailored to match your real teeth’ shape, lustre, and translucence.
2. Porcelain Veneers Are a Long-Lasting Solution
When you think of porcelain, you might think of fragile antiques. But dental porcelain is another matter entirely. For example, porcelain veneers, crowns and dental fillings are nearly as strong as natural tooth enamel and even tend to outlast metal fillings like gold or silver amalgam.
That’s because they’re not made from “porcelain”, as we tend to imagine. Rather, they’re made from high-tech ceramics comparable to those used in modern body armour or even on spacecraft. They take the name porcelain from their tooth-like colour and appearance, not what the material is made from.
This incredible durability makes them ideal for use in dentistry.
Any material used in crowns, fillings, or veneers must endure the wear and tear of daily use. Porcelain veneers not only meet this requirement but, if well cared for, can last for as long as 20 years before they need to be replaced. This makes them one of the best long-term solutions to damaged or badly stained teeth.
3. They’re a Fast Teeth-Straightening Solution
Veneers aren’t only used to repair damaged or tarnished teeth. They’re also a popular way to correct the appearance of crooked or misaligned teeth.
Traditionally, the solution for crooked teeth involved a lengthy course of orthodontic treatment, whether this process involves traditional metal braces or clear aligners, which can take months, if not years, to correct crooked teeth using conventional orthodontics.
Veneers can help straighten teeth in a fraction of the time. They’re so fast and effective that they’re sometimes called “instant smile makeovers”.
This is because of a key difference in how the two processes work. Traditional orthodontics work by moving the roots of the teeth. This requires the body to reshape and rebuild the bone around the roots as you shift the teeth.
Veneers reshape the parts of the teeth that appear above the gum line, allowing you to create a straighter smile without having to move the roots of the teeth over months or years.
You also don’t need to wear a retainer after having your teeth straightened this way. They’ll hold their new position for the lifespan of your new veneers.
4. Veneers Produce a Brighter Smile Than Whitening
Our teeth tend to pick up a certain amount of natural discolouration over time. That’s why even after you’re fresh from your routine cleaning, you may still notice some stains, or you might not have that pearly white shine you’d hoped for.
That’s why teeth whitening procedures are so popular. But these treatments can have mixed results, particularly if your teeth are discoloured from within, have a naturally dull sheen, or if you have thin or damaged enamel. And in almost all cases, the results are only temporary.
Veneers make it easy to have a long-lasting, pearly-white smile.
Porcelain veneers can be white and clean as you would like them. It’s even possible to attain a whiter smile than natural teeth ever could, so you’ll want to discuss the results you hope to achieve with your dentist.
Once your veneers are in place, they can retain their crisp, white colour for years if you care for them well. Luckily, taking care of porcelain veneers is a simple prospect.
5. Porcelain Veneers Are Easy to Care For
We’ve alluded to the importance of caring for your veneers several times. And they’re indeed a substantial piece of dental work that needs to be maintained. But the good news is that you don’t need to treat them any differently than you would your natural teeth.
As we touched on, modern dental porcelain is almost as strong as tooth enamel, so you can still enjoy all the foods you normally would. You’ll want to avoid using your veneers as tools; biting open packaging is a bad habit many of us need to break. But beyond that, you should only need basic care to keep them in prime shape.
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing daily will keep your veneers in good condition. And it would be best if you kept up with your regular 6-monthly dental cleanings and checkups.
There’s no need for special toothpaste or intricate cleaning techniques.
Finding a High-End Cosmetic Dentist
As with any dental work, you want your porcelain veneers applied by the best dental professionals possible. Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to be the right care provider for the job.
We have over 20 years of experience and use cutting-edge technology to provide the very best in high-end cosmetic dentistry. Contact us to schedule a consultation today if you’re ready to revitalize your smile.