If you have teeth that are chipped, slightly yellow, or uneven, then you may consider dental veneers to change the overall appearance of your smile. Veneers are a permanent option, so you should take the time to speak with your cosmetic dentist about whether or not veneers are the right choice for you. While you make your choice, you should think about all the benefits that veneers can provide to you. There are several surprising things that veneers can help you with.
They Can Reduce Gum Disease Issues
The way that your teeth sit next to one another can affect your chances of developing gingivitis or gum disease. Specifically, if the teeth have rough edges, cracks in the enamel, and gum pockets near the teeth, then plaque and bacteria will have multiple places to sit near the gum tissues. However, the placement of the veneers will cut down on the areas where the debris is able to cling to the teeth and around the gums. Bacterial activity then decreases and the gums remain healthier.
Not only do veneers help to close the gaps between the teeth and around the gums where bacteria can hide, but they are made from porcelain in most cases. Porcelain in a non-porous material, and plaque does not stick to the solid porcelain as easily as it does to natural teeth.
While veneers can assist with gum health, the tooth coverings may make the gums feel a bit sensitive at first. Once the tissues mold around the veneers, the sensitivity will decrease.
They Stop Cavities From Forming
Cavities are the decay of the natural tooth material. Decay occurs as bacteria eat carbohydrates and sugars and leave acids behind. The acids eat through the enamel and allow the dentin to become exposed. The exposed dentin then decays as bacteria start to break down this part of the tooth.
While veneers do require the removal of some of the enamel, your teeth will be sealed by the porcelain. Cavities will be unable to reach the dentin and decay cannot develop. While this is true, most veneers only cover the fronts and the sides of the teeth. The backs of the teeth will be exposed and cavities may develop on the rear edges of the teeth. Make sure to clean the teeth thoroughly and pay attention to the backs of the teeth when using your toothbrush so the decay cannot develop. Regular flossing is a good idea too, or you may want to think about using a water flosser to clear any debris that remains behind the teeth.Share