How Dental Veneers Came To Be — And How They Help You

Multitaskers are great things. Who wants to clutter up their kitchen with lots of single-use appliances and devices? Getting something that does several jobs saves you money, time, and space. That’s part of why dental veneers are one of the most popular choices for cosmetic dentistry. They improve the look of your smile in several ways from the moment they are bonded to your front teeth. If you are curious about cosmetic dentistry, here’s why dental veneers might be perfect for you.

What Are Dental Veneers?

There are many cosmetic dentistry treatments on the market, but dental veneers are one of the most powerful and quick. They are incredibly thin but tough porcelain shells shaped to match your front teeth. They are colored either to match your other teeth or to look white as if you had teeth whitening. Our dentists will expertly bond them with the front of your teeth.

Once the dental veneers are in place, your smile is instantly transformed. Any unsightly spots (chips, cracks, craters, dark grooves, and so on) will be hidden. People will only see a healthy smile. In addition, dental veneers seal up damage. A hairline crack in a tooth can grow over the years, threatening the tooth. Dental veneers hold such cracks together so they won’t get worse over time.

The History Of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers have actually been around for a while. They were invented back in 1928 so actors would look better on film. Dentistry back then had trouble making teeth look good, and that showed up on camera. These veneers were made from acrylic and designed only to stay on your teeth temporarily. The bonding agent was weak because no one expected these veneers to be needed more than just a scene. They normally lasted between a few hours or days before coming loose.

In the 1950s, dentists began researching a better way to keep dental veneers on your teeth for longer periods. The idea of a long-lasting cover for damaged or unsightly teeth became more popular, but the adhesive had to be improved. Since paint sticks to a rough wall better than a smooth one, research was started on etching the enamel so adhesives will stick better.

By the early 1980s, a combination of surface etching and new adhesive allowed dental veneers to stay on your teeth for a long time. Most people can look forward to keeping their dental veneers for 5-10 years or longer, depending on how well they take care of their teeth. Dentists also shifted to using porcelain instead of acrylic for a more natural look and feel.

How Veneers Can Help You Today

Why are dental veneers so popular? Because they do so much for your smile.

– Problem spots are covered up. If you have teeth with damage, they don’t look right. Even just one chipped tooth can detract from your whole smile. With dental veneers, those problems spots are gone.

– Small gaps are closed. Even if you had braces as a teenager, you can get small gaps between your teeth. That’s because your teeth never really stop moving. If you have a gap between your teeth, your dental veneers can be made a little bigger to cover those gaps. Your smile will look tight and even.

– Crooked teeth can look straight again. As with gaps, your aligned teeth can move slightly over time. You could have one or two teeth that aren’t quite straight, making your whole smile look a bit odd. Our dentists can expertly place your dental veneers so they’re straight. Since they cover the tooth underneath, this makes a slightly crooked tooth look straight.

– Stains (surface or intrinsic) are hidden. Years of tobacco, coffee, tomato sauce, and more can turn your white smile into one that’s yellow and dingy. Teeth whitening can help, but you can also have deep stains called intrinsic stains that cannot be removed. Since dental veneers are made to look like healthy white teeth, all of the stains will be covered up.

Dental veneers are also fast. You won’t have to wait for weeks or months for them to take effect. As soon as you get dental veneers placed on your teeth, they work their magic.

At our Rochester, MN dental office, you can get dental veneers — and a fantastic smile. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry in Rochester, MN, call us today at 507-315-2932. The sooner you call, the sooner you can have that winning smile you’ve always dreamed of.