Are you among the more than 30% of people who hide their smile in photographs?
Damaged, stained, and misaligned teeth can make you feel like you have nothing to smile about, but there’s no reason they have to stay that way.
One of the best options for “fixing” a smile—veneers—can make a dramatic difference in the way you look, the way you feel, and the way you face the world.
“Veneers are one of the most impactful ways we can help patients, even in non-traditional cases,” says Austin Dentist Samantha Hollinger, DMD. “They’re a much faster process than teeth aligners, they stay white, last a long time, and look just like your own teeth.”
Veneers are ceramic or porcelain shells, customized to fit and bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Once they’re bonded to your teeth, the ultra-thin material is virtually undetectable from the real thing.
Highly resistant to coffee, tea, cigarette, and other stains, veneers can be applied to:
If you have some short teeth that bother you, veneers can be used to lengthen them. Exceptionally strong, veneers are a painless and fast way to make teeth more symmetrical.
“I have a patient who was born with ‘peg’ laterals—the small teeth flanking the front teeth were smaller than usual,” says Dr. Hollinger. “With just two veneers and some filling material to lengthen them, the difference is incredible. And you can’t tell which of her teeth had the veneers.”
Straightening crooked, twisted, or misaligned teeth using a product like Invisalign can take several months. Veneers can improve the appearance of misaligned teeth as well as restore and improve the shape of broken teeth. Veneers improve structural defects while also addressing cosmetic issues like gaps between the teeth.
Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the human body, but it isn’t indestructible. Enamel can wear down over time from the use of abrasive toothpaste, hard toothbrush bristles, improper brushing, clenching, grinding, TMJ disorders, decay, and acidic foods. Veneers can rebuild ground down teeth and act like a new coat of enamel, making teeth stronger, more resistant to decay, and brighter.
Sometimes, a misaligned bite can create muscle soreness and other TMJ symptoms that veneers can actually address. Veneers can be used to improve overbite, overjet (horizontal overbite), and other types of occlusions.
“I think a lot of people see veneers as a flimsy, purely cosmetic application,” says Dr. Hollinger. “But there’s a bit more of a process than people realize to create strong, high quality veneers that will last decades.”
To help veneers last as long as possible, patients are advised to avoid chewing on hard objects like pens, never to use their teeth to open something, and to wear a retainer or splint if they’re prone to tooth grinding—all of which is great advice to protect your natural enamel, as well.
For the holidays, TRU Dentistry Austin is offering veneers for only $1,000—just in time to make sure your smile looks its best in every family photo.
TRU Dentistry Austin is also providing free teeth whitening to all new patients who schedule a complete cleaning, exam, and x-rays.
Contact TRU Dentistry Austin today to schedule a consultation. Your dental health starts here.