Slight imperfections, misshapen teeth, teeth that are too small, discoloration—all of these are examples of dental situations that can possibly be corrected with veneers. Veneers are onlays that are uniquely customized and shaped to slip over the surface of a tooth to change its overall appearance. While veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment, many myths surround them.
Myth: Veneers do not last that long.
Dental veneers can actually last a really long time if the person who has them is attentive to oral hygiene and follows their dentist’s instructions about caring for their veneers. Veneers can last anywhere from 7 to 15 years if they are properly cared for. To get the longest life span from your veneers:
- Get routine dental checkups and cleanings
- Brush and floss your teeth and veneers daily
- Stay away from hard candy
- Don’t chew on hard objects, such as an ink pen
- Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco
Myth: Veneers stain easily.
Veneers can be made out of composite resin, porcelain, or other materials. Some veneers are easier to stain than others. For example, porcelain veneers can be more prone to stains if you eat or drink a lot of deep-colored foods, such as berries or coffee. However, if you are vigilant about brushing and flossing and having routine oral hygiene visits, you will likely not have issues with your veneers getting stained or discolored.
Myth: Veneers do not protect your smile from further deterioration.
One of the reasons people like veneers is they can get them even if the teeth they have are starting to deteriorate. When a veneer is placed on a tooth, it is sealed in place with a bonding agent similar to what is used to do a dental filling. Therefore, once the veneer is in place, it can actually be a line of protection for teeth that are starting to break down.
Find Out More About Veneers at Southern Oaks Dental Care in Beaumont, TX
Overall, dental veneers can completely transform your smile, and they are a worthy investment. Reach out to us at Southern Oaks Dental Care for more information about veneers or to find out if you are a good candidate for treatment.