Benefits of Veneers

Dental veneers are thin porcelain made shells made to correct cosmetic defects to the teeth. They are a common option for people with cracked or chipped teeth as they provide a quick fix to these defects. Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental addition as they do not correct the underlying defect but rather cover it up to make the teeth look good. This is not a concern as most of the defects fixed by dental veneers are only cosmetic and do not have any adverse effect on the health of the affected persons.

There are two major types of dental veneers: porcelain, and resin veneers. Porcelain veneers, although more expensive, are the more popular option because they mimic the teeth better and are also more resistant to stains and decay. At the office of Dr. Steven Larsen, DDS, we discuss with you the options to help you decide the best choice of veneers for you.

When Do You Need Veneers?

Veneers are a good choice for people with discolored teeth which can be a result of dental procedures such as root canal treatments or drugs like tetracycline. People with worn-down chipped, and cracked teeth are also good candidates for dental veneers. Uneven, irregularly shaped, and misaligned teeth can also be fixed using dental veneers.

Benefits of Veneers

1. Very little enamel is removed

Dental veneers are one of the most preferred dental restoration procedures because you do not have to remove too much of the enamel to install them. As the enamel doesn't get restored when it is removed, this is a bigger deal than it seems. The process of getting veneers is also less invasive than other procedures which means you may not even need anesthesia during the process.

2. Veneers help to prevent discoloration

We get requests often from people who want to whiten their teeth. Dental veneers help to keep your teeth white. Because they are made from a material that resists staining much better than natural enamel does, you will visit the dentist less for teeth whitening. Getting dental veneers doesn't mean you have acquired super teeth though, and you still need to be careful not to get them chipped. You also need to ensure that you clean your teeth daily with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss.

3. They can cover up gaps, chips, and cracks in the teeth

Dental veneers provide an easy option to cover up minor imperfections in the teeth. Another dental procedure that can be used for this is bonding which is however a much more temporal alternative to dental veneers which will see you visiting the dentist over and over again. Dental veneers will, however, cover up these minor defects and last for a long time so you don't have to make periodic visits to the dentist for adjustments and touch-ups.

4. They do not require any special care

You do not have to visit your dentist or carry out any special maintenance exercise to clean your dental veneers. All you need to do is to clean them the same way you'll clean natural teeth, with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Dental veneers are even easier to clean than natural teeth as they do not stain as readily as natural teeth do. This means your teeth will stay pearly white even with very little effort.

5. They look and feel natural

The only way for others to know you got dental veneers is if you tell them. Otherwise, because dental veneers are custom made for each patient, they look exactly like your natural teeth, only whiter and brighter. An impression of your natural teeth is used to craft the veneers which are then further filed down to ensure that they fit perfectly. This also helps to ensure that they feel as well as they should so you can forget that you even had veneers installed.

6. They are a quick solution to cosmetic dental issues

Most dental procedures to fix cosmetic issues with the teeth involve orthodontic intervention to move and straighten the teeth. Dental veneers however do not require the teeth to be moved. They are a quick and efficient way of covering up any cosmetic damage to the teeth without having to tamper with the teeth. Since cosmetic issues are often not dangerous, veneers are a perfect solution for cosmetic dental defects.

7. They help to boost your confidence

Dental veneers give you a brand-new smile. They cover up any defects in your dentition while retaining the original shape and size of your natural teeth. This can be a massive confidence boost for you as you do not have to worry about your stained or crooked teeth.

8. They are a worthwhile investment

Dental veneers are a worthwhile investment. Although they may be quite expensive, most people who undergo the process of getting dental veneers to end up with the feeling that they have paid for something worth it. Dental veneers also help you to avoid spending on more expensive and more uncomfortable dental procedures to correct issues with your dentition. Combined with the fact that they last for years before you need to have them replaced, dental veneers are worth your money.

9. Dental veneers offer a long-lasting solution

With the right care and maintenance, dental veneers can last for as much as 10 or even 15 years. Because they are often made from porcelain, they can resist stains, decay, and other issues that plague natural teeth.


It usually takes three visits to the dentist to get dental veneers installed. The first visit will involve checking your teeth to decide the best procedure for you. If dental veneers are then decided upon, the next two visits are when the veneers will be made. A thin part of the enamel is taken off to allow for the veneers to be installed. Next, an impression of your teeth is taken for the veneers to be made. Once the veneers arrive, they are installed and then sculpted to ensure that they fit perfectly. Visit Dr. Steven Larsen, DDS, today to get your veneers installed. We’d love to improve your smile using dental veneers and help you achieve the confidence you’ve been searching for!