It can be a little tough to admit, but at this age, your smile can look bad. Decades of chewing can really add up. By now, your teeth can look stained, uneven, and worn. This makes your teeth weaker, but it also saps your confidence. How easy is it to make a good first impression when you don’t like how your smile looks?

That’s why you need to call our Birmingham, MI dental office today at 248-972-8720 and make an appointment for dental veneers. Improving how your smile looks can really make a difference in your life. Dr. Newingham is your Birmingham dentist well trained and experienced in cosmetic dentistry. But are dental veneers right for you?

Dental Veneers Explained

What are dental veneers? They’re shell-like covers that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are very thin but very strong. Even better, they’re made to look and feel just like healthy enamel. As soon as Dr. Newingham places them on your teeth, your whole smile looks much better.

For most people, dental veneers are just what they need to transform their smile and gain their confidence back. Veneers can even help protect and strengthen teeth. But is this cosmetic dentistry treatment going to work for your smile? Here are some pros and cons to getting dental veneers.

The Pros Of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers require no special care to stay beautiful.
With some dental treatments, you need to make some small changes in your life to make sure it works. For example, braces require you to avoid certain foods or you could damage your orthodontic treatment. However, that is not the case with dental veneers. You only need to brush and floss like normal to keep your smile look great for years.

Dental veneers resist stains better than enamel.
Anything dark that you eat or drink leaves behind stains on your enamel. Over time, that’s why your teeth have gotten dark and brownish. But dental veneers are stain-resistant and will likely stay white than your natural teeth for much longer.

Dental veneers make it look like you just had orthodontics.
Even if you had braces when you were younger, decades of chewing can nudge your teeth apart slightly. This leaves small but noticeable gaps in your smile. But dental veneers can be made a little big in spots. These will hide those small gaps, making your smile look so tight and even that people can think you had braces again.

Dental veneers hide damage, stains, and similar imperfections.
If your teeth are damaged with chips or cracks, it’s usually hard to hide. The same is true for stained teeth. And by this age, you can even have worn edges to your teeth. Thankfully, dental veneers can help with all of that. Since they look like healthy enamel, they’ll hide all imperfections as soon as our Birmingham dentist bonds them to your teeth.

The Cons Of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers don’t change color like your other teeth will.
Because dental veneers are more stain-resistant than your natural teeth, the two will begin look a few shades different after so many years. If you get dental veneers on all the teeth that show when you smile, that’s no big deal. But if you only want a few teeth covered, this could become noticeable.

Dental veneers can get hurt or come off with too much teeth grinding.
Some people end up grinding their teeth a lot due to stress or TMJ problems. This grinding (called bruxism) is never a good thing, as it can wear down the biting edges of your teeth. But when you have dental veneers, this grinding can damage them or even make this pop off your teeth.

Dental veneers are not reversible.
Although they are thin, dental veneers still need a small layer of enamel removed from your teeth first. This is so the veneers sit flush with your entire smile and look more natural. The downside is that this makes the cosmetic dentistry treatment irreversible. That means you can’t decide to get rid of your dental veneers a year or so in the future.

Call us TODAY at 248-972-8720 or use our convenient online form to make your next appointment. After Dr. Newingham has thoroughly examined your smile, you can speak with him about getting dental veneers — and a smile that makes you confident and happy.