Americans love to smile. In fact, visit another country and your bright and beautiful smile will be a dead giveaway of where you’re from long before anyone hears your voice. Of course, the other side is true as well; and if you tend to hide your smile or avoid showing off your teeth, you’re certainly not alone. According to one well-known and cited study, over 25% of Americans avoid smiling due to their teeth and over 80% dislike their smile in pictures–which can be especially problematic in today’s social media culture. Fortunately, your Midtown Manhattan Dentist can help by introducing you to one of the most popular and effective cosmetic dentistry solutions available: porcelain veneers. But what are the top benefits of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain Veneers Instantly Whiten and Brighten Your Smile
Years of eating your favorite foods, drinking tea or coffee, and even taking certain medications can result in a dull or deeply stained smile. Whitening can help if the discoloration is due to surface stains, but bleaching alone is sometimes not enough. Porcelain veneers can and should be customized to each patient’s needs and desires to offer the right level of brightness to their perfect new smile.
Porcelain Veneers Correct and Conceal Multiple Dental Concerns
Porcelain veneers are classified as an aesthetic treatment, so they won’t actually fix a dental problem. However, they do wonders for concealing a variety of issues. Gaps, cracks, chips, as well as worn enamel, gum recession, and even an occasional missing tooth can be concealed by the porcelain shells. You may come into your Midtown Manhattan Dentist’s office with a mouthful of dental issues. But by the end of the treatment, the only thing you’ll leave with is a beautiful new smile.
Porcelain Veneers Are Minimally Invasive
Dental fear and phobias are often caused by the anxiety and assumption of involved pain, regardless of whether any discomfort actually exists within the treatment. Some dental treatments are invasive and require anesthesia or even contain surgical elements. However, porcelain veneers are not among those. In most cases, even a local anesthetic is easily avoided. Usually, some enamel needs to be filed from the existing teeth to ensure the porcelain shells affix correctly. That can feel awkward or uncomfortable at first, but it’s not painful. And once they’re in place, the resulting new smile makes it all worthwhile.
Porcelain Veneers Are Durable and Stain-Resistant
Natural enamel is strong enough to handle most life demands, but after a while enamel does stain or becomes dull. Serious stains can make anyone hide their smile, and the last thing someone needs is to continue that habit after getting a new smile makeover. Fortunately, that’s not an issue with porcelain veneers. They’re also strong enough to handle life demands. And according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the materials used in porcelain veneers are stain-resistant so you can continue enjoying life in moderation. Be careful, though, as the edges of the shells will darken if you overindulge.
Porcelain Veneers Are Easy to Maintain
With the right care and attention, porcelain veneers are just as easy to maintain as your natural teeth. So you really need to have good oral health habits in place prior to opting for this treatment. Brushing twice a day and flossing once can keep your porcelain veneers looking beautiful for years to come. And visiting your Midtown Manhattan Dentist twice a year can help catch any problems or adjust the treatment as needed to give them the best lifespan possible.