The mere act of smiling boosts your immune system, reduces stress, and may even help you live longer. But when you’re uncomfortable with how your teeth look, you may withhold or modify your smile, which could lower your level of the happiness hormones — dopamine and serotonin — that keep you happy and optimistic.
We also read each others’ smiles to determine whom to trust, follow, and befriend. When your smile isn’t doing you justice, you miss out on more than just the perfect selfie. You could miss out on opportunities at work and play, too.
Today, cosmetic dentistry options include systems that straighten, whiten, and repair your smile. One of the most dramatic improvements you can make is augmenting your smile with dental veneers.
At Miracle Smile Dental in Aubrey, Texas, our experienced and skilled dentist, Nisha Modi, DMD, recommends dental veneers for women and men who want their smiles to be as beautiful as possible. However, veneers offer benefits that are both cosmetic and functional.
Are you interested in veneers to brighten your smile? Following are four benefits you can expect with dental veneers.
If you've ever wondered how A-list celebrities like Tom Cruise have such perfect teeth and dazzling smiles, the answer is that many weren’t born with them. They, like you, had imperfections in their teeth that they wanted to hide with dental veneers.
By modifying your teeth and covering them with custom-designed and colored porcelain or resin veneers, Dr. Modi helps you achieve the smile of your dreams. With veneers, you can:
Veneers can match your facial shape so they always look and feel natural but better.
Veneers add an extra layer of strength to your teeth. Particularly as you age, the protective enamel on your teeth wears away, leaving them more vulnerable to bacteria and cavities.
If you have hairline cracks in your teeth, they could eventually crack more, chip, or even break. Veneers immediately strengthen your teeth to help them maintain their integrity.
Both the porcelain and resin veneer shells are resistant to staining. That means you can drink red wine and coffee or eat berries without worrying about your teeth becoming dingy or dark.
Veneers also make up for thinning enamel, which tends to reveal the yellowish-gray color of the dentin inside your teeth.
Veneers must be brushed and flossed twice daily, like natural teeth, plus you need to get professional cleanings twice a year.
However, you never have to undergo professional whitening or use whitening toothpaste with veneers. They maintain their whiteness for life.
Sometimes, the chewing surface of your front teeth gets worn down due to bruxism or other forms of teeth grinding. Uneven teeth distribute pressure unevenly along the jaw bone. Over time, you may favor one side of your jaw over the other, where it’s effortless to chew.
Unfortunately, when uneven teeth misalign your bite, it puts added pressure on your jaw joints, which could lead to a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Veneers re-establish the chewing surface of your front teeth so your jaw is better aligned.
When you chew your food better, it’s easier to digest, too. You may need to wear a night guard at night to protect your veneers if you have a problem with bruxism.