7 Things Most People Don't Know About Veneers

  • By Courthouse Art of Dentistry
  • March 15, 2023
  • Before veneers made it into cosmetic dentistry, you had to live with your smile if you had a problem with it. Veneers allowed cosmetic dentistry to fix several aesthetic issues with people's smiles. 

    Veneers are among cosmetic dentists' most popular solutions to give people beaming smiles. Read on to learn more about veneers and some facts that most people do not know.


    What Are Veneers?

    Veneers are sheets of porcelain that doctors attach to the outer surface of teeth to change the appearance of a smile. They can fix various cosmetic issues and are the most popular option in cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are customized to fit precisely in a patient's mouth in the most natural-looking manner. 


    Facts About Veneers

    • They Have Been Used for Almost a Century

    A dentist first designed veneers as a prop for actors to use on film sets. The actors wore them as teeth cover-ups for specific characters. They were very uncomfortable to wear, but they created the impression that the actors had flawless smiles. 

    Since the idea's inception, cosmetic dentistry has had many advancements. From temporary fixes for the elite and celebrities, veneers have grown to be available to anyone.

    • They Are Built From Different Materials

    The general idea about veneers is that they are only made from porcelain. It is because porcelain is the most popular choice for most cosmetic dentists. However, veneers can be made from other materials like resin. Porcelain veneers are more popular than resin because they are more durable. But resin veneers are more affordable than porcelain veneers.

    • They Can Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

    Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity when they take cold or hot foods. Although not a well-known fact, veneers can help reduce tooth sensitivity. They can accomplish this because they provide an extra layer of protection over the tooth enamel. 

    • They Can Correct a Lot of Issues at Once

    Most corrections in cosmetic dentistry focus on the social six, a term that refers to the top six teeth. Cosmetic procedures focus on these teeth because they are the most visible. Porcelain veneers go past this concept and focus on at least 14 teeth—the upper eight and lower six teeth. They correct discoloration, misalignment, and breaking or chipping teeth. 

    • Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Oral Habits

    Many people have bad oral habits, like chewing on pens and biting their nails, which may cause tooth damage. When you get veneers, you become more conscious because you want to maintain that new beautiful smile. You will avoid all habits that the dentist advises you to.

    • It Is Easy to Replace Them

    Veneers can last up to 20 years with proper oral hygiene and care. But if you damage them, the dentist can easily drill them off without hurting your tooth. They will design another set for you that will be just as beautiful.

    • They Do Not Always Need Filing

    The dentist often files away some of your teeth to fit the veneers. However, you can get veneers that do not need this step because they are much thinner than regular veneers.

    For more reasons why you should floss daily, visit Courthouse Art of Dentistry at our office in Arlington, Virginia. Call 703-783-9417 to book an appointment today.