After you have decided that you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, you will need to decide how best to go about it. For some people, braces or Invisalign appliances make the most sense. Others may be comfortable with only having their teeth whitened. In other cases, after consulting with a dentist, dental veneers provide an easy and affordable solution for cosmetic dental issues.

Consider the following dental veneer advantages:

Dental Veneers Look Natural

Because veneers are made of porcelain and crafted and customized to individual patients, they blend seamlessly with the rest of a person’s smile. They are designed to look as natural as real teeth, including color, size, and shape.

Dental Veneers Last a Long Time

Veneers are designed to last many years after they are applied to a tooth. It is not uncommon for them to have a life of 15 years or more because they are made with an extremely hard surface that can resist years of use.

Veneers Protect Other Teeth and Gums

In addition to looking good, veneers also act like bodyguards for teeth that may be chipped, cracked, or fragile. The veneer acts like a shield as it covers a person’s natural teeth. Unless there is pre-existing disease or infection, veneers are also well tolerated by gums too.

Veneers Are Easy to Install

In most cases, veneers can be installed in two office visits. After it is determined that a person is a good candidate for veneers, the dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel and take an impression so that the veneers can be customized to a patient’s existing teeth. A ceramist will custom make the thin wafer veneers, they will be shaded to match a person’s existing teeth. Then at the next visit, they will be installed with a strong bonding agent.

Taking Care of Veneers Is Easy

After they are installed, veneers can be treated just as you would treat your own teeth. Flossing and brushing properly and regularly should be more than adequate to press the investment in your smile.

Dr. Neil S. McLeod is located at 9201 Sunset Blvd. and serves patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Studio City, and other nearby communities.