According to legend, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and his crew set off toward Florida in 1513 in search of a mythical water source capable of reversing aging. While there’s no mention of a “fountain of youth” in documents from the time, the notion that somewhere out there is a talisman that can make us look and feel younger is a common cultural narrative.
Time passes quickly, and often the person we see in the mirror isn’t who we expect. In many ways, the fountain of youth is synonymous with the desire to control how we look, a control that seems to be more and more out of our reach with each passing year. Fortunately for all of us, cosmetic dentistry can give some of that control back.
As we age, our teeth are often the first to show it. Certain foods stain them, sometimes even fusing with our enamel so that whitening is less effective, and other foods can cause chips. While there are several solutions to these issues, none are as inclusive or dramatic as dental veneers.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers, also referred to as porcelain veneers, are a thin facade of advanced ceramic bonded to the visible surfaces of your existing teeth, correcting their shape, color, and covering any visible gaps or chips. After going over your smile goals with your dentist, the ceramic is custom made for your mouth, giving you a completely new smile.
How Can Veneers Give Back My Youth?
Compared to other cosmetic procedures, dental veneers produce the most dramatic cosmetic results out there. Custom designed, and crafted from medical-grade ceramic, the effect of veneers aren’t limited to your natural teeth. If you’re unhappy with your smile, veneers can fix just about any cosmetic issues. And, because the ceramic mimics the luster of natural enamel, veneers are almost impossible to detect.
They can counter many common effects of aging on your teeth. You can whiten your teeth to eliminate stains that accumulate with age. You can also build up your teeth to counter the wear of years on them. And you can repair the chips and nicks that inevitably accumulate with time. Your teeth will look brighter, smoother, healthier, and, yes, younger.
Not Just Temporary
Unlike other cosmetic dental procedures such as whitening, veneers aren’t just a short-term solution. The material used to craft veneers is known to be ten times stronger than natural tooth enamel, and more resistant to stains from coffee, tea, or cigarettes. When veneers are properly cared for using standard oral hygiene, they can last a very long time.
Veneers aren’t necessarily for everyone. They cannot replace teeth like dental implants, and if teeth have already become decayed beyond repair, veneers won’t be able to properly bond. Other complications such as bruxism or TMJ could damage veneers over time.
If you’re interested in dental veneers, the best option is to schedule an appointment. You and a trained cosmetic dentist can work together to see if you’re a good fit for dental veneers.
To learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can help you, please call (940) 322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, TX.