When people think about having porcelain veneers placed, they tend to think about the benefits to cracked or broken teeth. And that is a fantastic use for them, in order to repair a broken smile.
But your veneers can also benefit you in different cosmetic areas, as well. For instance, they can help to improve minor tooth misalignment issues as well!
Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist expounds a bit on the multiple ways that your mouth may be improved with porcelain veneers.
A Short History Of Veneers
The use of a material to cover the teeth seems like it would be something with a very long history. In fact, that’s not the case. The current concept of a veneer was only developed in 1928!
Dentist Charles Pincus was hired in 1928 to create a dental prosthetic for a film. Even then, he didn’t revisit the concept until a decade later, when he created an acrylic prototype. This was fastened to the mouth using the adhesive intended for dentures, and was not anywhere close to a permanent fix.
Through the 20th century, the technology was fostered, but it wasn’t until the 1980s when it became feasible for average individuals to take advantage of the possibilities that come with a porcelain veneer.
Since then, the availability of cosmetic dentistry has exploded, and it’s rare to find an actor these days with natural tooth fronts. Brad Pitt even had his removed, to jarring effect, in the movie Fight Club. Obviously, we do not suggest anyone do this.
The ability to fully cover the front of a tooth in a material that is similar in appearance and structure to natural dental matter allows for a fully customizable smile. This means that every minute peeves you have about your mouth can be erased.
All while creating strong teeth that are designed to last! Veneers today are intended to hold up for anywhere from 10 to 30 years. The procedure has come a remarkable way in under a century, and now it is a commonplace occurrence.
Gaps between your teeth that have annoyed you for years? Your new smile can be free of them. This can also help you maintain your teeth and protect them from tooth decay.
Minor alignment issues? Your dentist may remove some natural tooth in order to reshape your smile. This is done in a manner similar to shaping natural fingernails before the placement of an acrylic nail.
That said, if there are distinct aspects of your smile that you would like to keep, we can certainly keep those in mind in the design and crafting of your new smile. Make sure to be vocal about your feelings, you’ll have these for a long time, and we can always create better designs with more information!
If you have any questions about porcelain veneers, or to schedule your appointment, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!