How Veneers Help Your Dental Health

While veneers generally fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, there’s more that meets the eye than just looks. While the primary purpose of any cosmetic treatment is aesthetic, most treatments can also play a role in good dental health. Dental Veneers are a prime example. While dental veneers are not the solution to every single dental problem, they can certainly play a role in good oral health. While Veneers serve the purpose to hide tooth imperfections and don’t actually mitigate any dental problems – they actually have a number of benefits for your oral health. Here are a few of them.

Veneers Can Replace Broken Down Enamel

Veneers are an extremely effective treatment for teeth suffering as a result of enamel abrasion or enamel erosion. Tooth enamel can break down from consuming highly acidic food and drinks, various medical conditions such as acid reflux or brushing your teeth too hard. And unfortunately, lost enamel is unable to grow back. 

Without enamel, your teeth are more susceptible to developing tooth decay, as well cracks, chips and tooth sensitivity. Without enamel, your teeth would deteriorate and decay rather rapidly, as enamel works to protect the inner part of the tooth. Veneers replace the lost enamel and prevent your teeth from further decay.

Veneers Can Strengthen Your Teeth

The beauty of veneers is that they have protective qualities when applied to your teeth. Particularly if your teeth are worn, weak or fractured, veneers can help bond a weak tooth together and protect it from any potential harm. They act as a shield for vulnerable and structurally unstable teeth and offer a layer of armor against inevitable damage.

Additionally, veneers may eliminate the need for more expensive treatments such as crowns or implants down the line.

Dental Veneers Can Correct Gapped Teeth

While veneers positively impact the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, veneers can also change the positioning of one’s teeth. Dental veneers can effectively close small gaps and correct small misalignments. 

Gapped teeth can cause problems with your bite by not allowing sufficient room for other teeth to grow through. This is a concern as tooth gaps can cause health problems if left untreated. Food can regularly become trapped in these small spaces, which can be difficult to reach when cleaning. Trapped food can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease over time which is something that should be avoided at all costs. If this is causing problems for you, a dental veneer might be an effective solution as it will cover the crack and essentially prevent food from reaching the gum.

Dental Veneers Can Correct ‘Crooked’ or Misaligned Teeth

While veneers positively impact the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, veneers can also change the positioning of one’s teeth. Dental veneers can effectively close small gaps and correct small misalignments.

Gapped teeth can cause problems with your bite by not allowing sufficient room for other teeth to grow through. This is a concern as tooth gaps can cause health problems if left untreated. Food can regularly become trapped in these small spaces, which can be difficult to reach when cleaning. Trapped food can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease over time which is something that should be avoided at all costs. If this is causing problems for you, a dental veneer might be an effective solution as it will cover the crack and essentially prevent food from reaching the gum.

Dental Veneers Can Correct Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Chipped or cracked teeth are all too common and can be caused by a plethora of reasons: accidents, cavities, poor oral hygiene or tooth grinding are just some to name. Chipped teeth can put the tooth pulp at risk, which may lead to the necessity of a root canal treatment.

Cracked teeth can cause sensitivity to hot and cold consumable options, as tissue is lost at the root. Leaving chipped and cracked teeth untreated may lead to more pain, problems, infections and discomfort over time.

There are a number of treatment options for chipped and cracked teeth – veneers being one of them. Veneers can effectively cover the chip or crack, particularly if there is a fair amount of the tooth still remaining. They are a good choice because they are a long-lasting treatment and don’t involve too much of a modification of the existing tooth.

Dental Veneers Force You to Act

As well as physically helping your oral health, veneers can also have a psychological benefit on your dental health. Veneers act as a catalyst – to improve your oral health and to maintain a healthy smile.

 

Ideally, the time to get veneers is when your mouth is healthy. Teeth cannot be veneered until you get your existing dental problems ironed out first. Even if you’re just interested in veneers for cosmetic reasons, preceding with the treatment will force you to deal with your primary oral health problems. Veneers can only be attached to healthy teeth, meaning that gum disease or decay needs to be treated prior to veneers can be attached. 

 

Dental veneers help you form the foundation for good oral health. To ensure your veneers last as long as possible, you’ll need to maintain a high level of oral hygiene with your new pearly whites. 

 

This includes daily brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, daily flossing, having regular dental check-ups and having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist twice a year at minimum. Veneer treatment is the powerhouse for the formation of good oral habits that will stand you in good stead throughout your life.

 

Furthermore, dental veneers can make cleaning your teeth easier and reduce the effects of clenching and grinding your teeth. Those with veneers will need to commit to breaking the habit of grinding or clenching, as veneers can be damaged by these habits which is not what we want.

 

You’ll also need to break the habit of chewing or biting on hard objects such as toffee, ice or hard lollies – good news for all your teeth, not just those that are veneered. Having veneers may also help you to reduce the consumption of stain-causing food and drinks.

There are many advantages you can expect when your veneers are fitted by properly trained, qualified and experienced dentists such as Coolangatta Dental Group. If veneers sound like a good idea for you, get in contact with us to find out more. With clinics located in Runaway Bay, Ballina and Coolangatta, you will be looked after by our highly experienced dental team throughout your entire journey.