Porcelain veneers are cap-like shells that secure to the front of your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. They are constructed with the unique size, shape, and color of your teeth in mind in order to create a customized, naturally beautiful look.
Veneers can benefit your teeth in many ways beyond cosmetic enhancement. Dr. Robert Gauthier, a dentist in Sudbury, MA, describes how porcelain veneers can improve your oral health as well as your smile’s appearance.
Repair Minor Tooth Damage
Teeth endure wear and tear every day, but abnormal amounts of pressure can cause damage to your teeth. If your teeth are crooked, your teeth may be more susceptible to cracking, chipping, or breaking.
Porcelain veneers can allow you to have a straight row of teeth, which can prevent this damage from occurring. They can also be placed over pre-existing damage to amend and protect your teeth. Major damage might require restorative dental treatment, but veneers can help with minor cases.
Improve Oral Hygiene
If teeth are misaligned or have cracks or chips, it can be difficult to keep them thoroughly clean. Veneers will give you straighter teeth that are easier to brush effectively.
You may also notice you are less likely to get food stuck in your teeth with porcelain veneers. This prevents bacterial build-up as it breaks down in your mouth, which lowers your risk of tooth decay.
You can brush your veneers as you would normally brush your teeth, which should be done twice per day. While veneers are resistant to staining, they can garner plaque and bacteria that can spread to your teeth, so it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits.
Replace Weakened Tooth Enamel
Neglected oral hygiene routines can cause plaque to eat away at your tooth enamel. Once this enamel is gone, it cannot grow back on its own.
Thinned or weakened enamel can cause excruciating symptoms like tooth sensitivity as the underlying layer of dentin is exposed to exterior elements. Porcelain veneers can cover the front of teeth, providing a barrier for exposed dentin. This can alleviate sensitivity as well as protect teeth from further harm.
Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry in Sudbury, MA
Sudbury Dental Arts offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental treatments to patients in Sudbury, MA. Dr. Gauthier also specializes in restorative and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 978.369.2500.