When it comes to your oral health, veneers can do a lot more than address cosmetic issues. That’s because these custom-made shells cover the visible portion of your tooth with a thin, natural-looking layer of porcelain or composite resin that offers a new layer of protection.
By using this cost-effective and tooth-preserving approach, Dr. Sasha Bhor at Oasis Smiles can address numerous dental problems that go well beyond aesthetics. Here are few reasons veneers might be right for you.
Having cracks or chips in your teeth may sound like a cosmetic issue. But this type of damage can leave your teeth vulnerable to dental problems like infection, decay, root canals, and tooth extractions.
For significant cracks or breaks, Dr. Bohr often protects the remaining part of your tooth by covering its entire surface with a dental crown. This approach provides stability and protection to the area, but it involves grinding away a significant portion of your damaged tooth.
To place a veneer, Dr. Bohr only has to remove a tiny amount of enamel to create a natural fit. This tooth-preserving approach helps retain more of its structural integrity. So, if you have only minor damage to your tooth, especially if it occurs on the front of a tooth, a veneer can provide optimal protection in a less invasive way.
Enamel is the protective covering on the outside of your tooth. But even though it’s the hardest mineral substance in your body, it doesn’t last forever.
Common causes of enamel loss include:
When you lose enamel, you may notice discoloration or shape changes in your teeth, increased sensitivity, or roughness around their edges. Unfortunately, once it’s gone, it’s usually gone for good. But, Dr. Bohr can replace this layer of protection with veneers to reduce your chances of germs and tooth decay in the future.
We know what you’re thinking — isn’t this a cosmetic issue, too? Yes, but that’s only part of the problem. Having extra spaces and gaps in your teeth actually increases your chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
That’s because the more empty areas you have in between your teeth, the more places bacteria can collect. Further, if you consume acidic foods, there’s also more exposed surface area on your teeth for bacteria to penetrate and cause decay.
Dr. Bohr can close up these spaces with veneers. Once a veneer is in place, you care for it the same way as your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings twice each year.
To see if veneers can correct your dental issues, whether it’s geared toward improving your oral health or to enhance your smile, contact us by calling Oasis Smiles in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California, or sending us a message here on our website. You can also request an appointment using our convenient online booking feature.