Porcelain veneers are cap-like shells that secure over the front of teeth with dental bonding to enhance the appearance of your smile. Veneers can whiten, reshape, and straighten your teeth for a natural, beautiful look.
Veneers can improve oral health as well as your smile’s appearance. Dr. Jason Baldwin, a dentist in Truckee, CA, describes how porcelain veneers benefit your oral health beyond just cosmetic enhancement.
Fix Minor Tooth Damage
Teeth can endure everyday wear and tear, but abnormal amounts of pressure, from grinding teeth or biting hard objects, can harm your teeth. Pressure like this can crack, chip, or break teeth.
Major damage will require restorative dental work, but minor cases can be amended with cosmetic treatment like porcelain veneers. The veneers can cover small chips and cracks to enhance your smile’s appearance as well as protect teeth from further damage.
Veneers are also durable but can be susceptible to damage with severe pressure as well. If you suffer from chronic teeth grinding, your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment to veneers.
Improve Oral Hygiene
Patients with crooked teeth may have trouble keeping their teeth clean. Overlapping teeth can be difficult to brush or floss effectively, but porcelain veneers can provide you with straighter teeth.
With aligned teeth, it will be easier to brush your teeth and floss without missing crucial spots in your mouth. This prevents plaque from eating away tooth enamel and causing tooth decay.
Veneers are resistant to tooth decay but can still develop a film of plaque throughout the day. You should continue to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine to ensure your teeth are healthy enough to support your porcelain veneers.
Replace Weakened Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, can be eaten away by plaque or gum disease. Once enamel weakens or is gone, it cannot regrow on its own. This leaves dentin exposed to exterior elements that can lead to excruciating symptoms like tooth sensitivity.
Porcelain veneers affix to the front of teeth, replacing enamel that may have thinned or weakened there. This protects the tooth from further damage as well as alleviating sensitivity pain because dentin is covered once again.
Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Dentistry in Truckee, CA
Dr. Baldwin offers porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental treatments to patients in Truckee, CA. Our practice also specializes in restorative and general dentistry, including dental implants. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 530.206.0392.