Often the quest to reduce or prevent the signs of aging is simply a matter of wanting to look as young as we feel, and one thing that can make a person feel older than they’d like is having unsightly stained or worn-looking teeth. Fortunately, these days it’s easier than ever before to give your smile an effective makeover. Porcelain veneers improve the shape and size of your teeth, cover damaged areas, and brighten your smile, giving your entire face a lighter and more youthful appearance.
Rebuild a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers
Most people don’t have a full set of perfectly sized, shaped, and aligned teeth, but generally, people have teeth that are roughly proportional to the size of their mouth, evenly aligned, and of a regular shape. This isn’t always the case, however, and sometimes, teeth grow in an abnormal manner that can lead to a high degree of self-consciousness, and even result in lowered self-esteem. As well as this, teeth can easily become damaged and stained, even when properly cared for. Natural wear and tear, damage due to disease or injury, and stains from coffee and tea or cigarette smoking, can all cause teeth to look unhealthy or unsightly.
As a result, damaged or stained teeth can make the face appear older, simply because we tend to associate worn-looking teeth with old age—but on the positive side, having white and healthy teeth can make you appear much younger. If you are not blessed with a naturally perfect set of teeth, porcelain veneers can provide a simple and permanent solution.
Porcelain Veneers: A Simple Solution
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain, sized to cover the surface of a tooth. A veneer is a lot like a false fingernail, in that it covers the natural tooth’s surface, and can entirely hide imperfections in shape, size, position, and color. Since porcelain veneers are purely cosmetic, and aren’t intended to alter the way teeth function, a typical set of veneers covers all of the teeth in the “smile zone,” meaning the teeth that are visible when you smile.
Porcelain veneers perfect a natural smile
In most cases, veneers can be fitted in as little as two visits, even if you are having all of your visible teeth altered. At the first visit, your dentist will discuss with you want you want your new smile to look like, and measure you for the veneers. At the second visit, the veneers are bonded to your natural teeth with a permanent adhesive. Once they’re in place, veneers typically need no adjustment, and with good care they will last for many years.
Most people find that it takes a week or two to get used to their new smile, but when you have a new set of veneers it doesn’t take long to start enjoying the self-esteem boost of knowing that you have a dazzling, youth-enhancing smile.
Call South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics for more information on cosmetic treatments to recreate your beautiful smile.