Veneers in Petaluma offer cosmetic results in the short term, health benefits over the long term
Veneers are cosmetic and they are a good fit with a holistic dental practice like Dental Care & Wellness of Sonoma County. Dr. Smida and her team view every patient treatment through the lens of what is best for his or her total health, knowing that the teeth and gums are linked to the function and wellness of the rest of the body.
Dentistry that takes into account esthetics, be it the appearance of a restorative treatment like crowns or an elective procedure like whitening, acknowledges the role overall appearance plays in a patient’s quality of life. Generally, individuals with white, straight, chip-free teeth are perceived as more physically attractive, successful, and even wealthier and more intelligent than their counterparts with a flawed smile. This perception may no doubt be driven by the inner glow that shows through when a patient feels good about his or her looks. The confidence associated with characteristics like success and intelligence is conveyed through that person.
The power of porcelain
While cosmetic procedures do take into account the role emotional well-being plays in total health, these treatments cannot truly be holistic unless the materials are non-toxic and unless the techniques used to complete the procedure are non-traumatic to surrounding tissues and help to maintain or restore overall health.
Veneers are made from thin layers of porcelain or ceramic. This material is not only safe for surrounding tissues, but it naturally mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. They are even designed to reflect light in the same way a natural tooth does, and this feature distinguishes indirect veneers from dental bonding, which is typically made from a composite resin or glass/plastic mixture. The veneers process is completed with a “light touch.” In other words, to make room for these thin shells of porcelain, a very small amount of natural enamel is buffed away. You will typically lose no more than a half-millimeter of natural tooth structure, or about the thickness of a contact lens or eggshell. Due to this non-traumatic approach, the treatment is considered to be very comfortable, low-risk, and with no demands for healing.
How veneers keep you whole-body healthy
Veneers are versatile. They can be used to close gaps and make crooked teeth look straight. Veneers can also cover permanent stains and chips, and to improve the appearance of poorly shaped teeth.
Since veneers are built to last, you can maintain the attractive appearance for decades to come. You also avoid many of the dental problems that are associated with the conditions veneers are designed to treat. For example, teeth that are unevenly-spaced can trap food. Good oral hygiene is critical to keep decay away.
To find out if you are a good candidate for cosmetic veneers, schedule a consultation in Petaluma at the Dental Care & Wellness of Sonoma County office. Call (707) 781-8550.