The field of dentistry has a reputation for being boring. But in reality, it’s full of tons of interesting facts. For instance, only 1 in 90,000 people are born with perfect teeth. The rest of us have to use cosmetic dentistry to get straight smiles!
Genetically, it’s almost impossible to have what we consider today to be “ideal” teeth. That’s the reason why people with healthy, straight teeth were given a higher ranking in society. If you had wealth, you could afford to take care of your teeth.
Smiles as a Sign of Status
As far back as Ancient Egypt, dentists catered to the rich, elite of society. In 2600 B.C., only those with money and prestige had nice teeth. Genetics and lack of nutrition and hygiene destroyed the enamel quickly.
Perfect smiles were a status symbol in history, but today they’re easily bought with cosmetic dentistry. At Mountain View Dental, we offer methods like veneers to fix minor flaws, helping our patients get the “ideal” smile they want.
Healthy teeth are more common today, thanks to improved hygiene and more accessible nutrients. But if you have minor imperfections keeping you from being satisfied with your smile, a veneer could help.
Veneers are one of the most common fixes in cosmetic dentistry. These wafer-thin shells cover up a variety of flaws, from chips and cracks to overbites.
Are veneers the perfect fix for your dental flaws? Read on to learn more!
Why Are Veneers the Favorite Dental Fix?
When you first see a veneer, you’ll probably doubt that it could change your smile significantly. The truth is, though, that these mini dental appliances are a massive help when it comes to covering up small imperfections in teeth.
Veneers are highly versatile and easy to apply. These factors make them a favorite for dentists and patients alike.
What Can Veneers Cover Up?
Occasionally, we have people who have a stained tooth or two. There’s no need for a full whitening treatment, but the stains don’t respond to other attempts to lighten them. A veneer can slide right over the enamel, covering up the stain and matching the surrounding teeth.
Or, patients with bruxism have damaged some teeth by grinding and clenching over long periods. Veneers cover up the damage.
They’re used to hide gaps and spaces between teeth, cover up crooked teeth, and change the appearance of a smile. In short, they’re a kind of dental technology that works like magic.
What makes them even more in demand is that they’re easy to apply. Your dentist will do an etching on the enamel of the tooth you’re fixing. Once the veneer is made, it gets bonded to the enamel with a special adhesive agent. No anesthesia is necessary because most patients don’t feel any discomfort.
How Long Will Your Veneers Last?
Are veneers permanent? Well, they’ll last a long time, but they’re not designed to stick with you for an entire lifetime. The reason they got their “permanent” label is that the original veneers, made back in 1928, only stayed on for an hour or two.
Until the 1980s, there was no way to get the material to stay bonded to the teeth for longer than a few days. In the ‘80s, a combination of dental etching and a safe bonding agent was found. Suddenly, veneers lasted for years instead of days, netting them the “permanent” name they have today.
The Lifespan of a Veneer
Still, although they don’t last forever, if you take care of them, they can last anywhere from 5 years to 15 or 20. The lifespan of your veneers depends on the material you choose and the dental hygiene habits you use.
With good dental habits and regular checkups, your veneers should stay healthy as long as the material is designed to last. The next part is whether you choose composite resin or porcelain to create your shells.
These two materials are the most common types of veneers in dentistry. Both of them are able to stand up to long-term chewing, pressure, and grinding. The end result either way is a smile that looks natural; however, there are differences between the two materials.
Composite Resin Versus Porcelain Veneers
The standard veneer is a composite resin material. Since it’s less expensive, many dental offices keep it on hand for their patients. It’s possible to have a composite resin shell applied on the same day as your visit if you don’t want it custom-made.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers must be customized because of their expense. Composite resin and porcelain look alike, with some important distinctions besides the cost.
Think about your daily activities. Is durability important to you? Are your favorite foods hard and/or sticky? If so, porcelain may be your best option.
Porcelain veneers are as hard as your natural enamel. They can withstand more chewing, biting, and impact that composite resin veneers can. If you take care of them, these shells can last 15 or 20 years. For people who want to have the veneer placed and then not worry about it again, porcelain is the preferred choice.
Composite resin veneers are still hardy. They’ll withstand your basic wear and tear with little or no damage. If they do become damaged, repairing veneers is a simple thing to do.
Both materials can be custom-made to match the shape and shade of your teeth. Just as your natural teeth can stain over time, so can these. Porcelain is considered more stain-resistant than composite resin. If you have habits such as using tobacco or drinking coffee, tea, or dark sodas, porcelain will resist staining longer.
As long as you keep up with your brushing and flossing, your natural teeth and your veneers should stay healthy. Regular checkups at Mountain View Dental give us the chance to catch any small issues before they become big problems. This includes watching for damage to your veneers.
Your Oral Health is Our Concern
So what’s your next step now that you know more about veneers?
You may have more questions like “How long do porcelain veneers last on your front teeth?” or concerns about pricing. No matter what your worries are, we’re here to provide answers.
If a veneer is a possible solution to your smile woes, Mountain View Dental is ready to help. All your dental needs are here under one roof to get you to your oral health goals.
Contact our office today to see how we can guide you along the path to that ideal smile you’ve always wanted. Your oral health is our priority!