young adult woman smiling with teethIf you’ve been considering cosmetic dentistry in Southlake for any length of time, you’ve probably looked into porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are one of the most powerful treatments in cosmetic dentistry. With veneers, you practically have the ability to get an entirely new smile.

But how do you know if it’s time for you to get veneers? The best way to find out is to schedule an appointment with a Southlake cosmetic dentist at StarImage Dental Boutique & Oral Surgery. We can evaluate your teeth and recommend the best way to improve your smile.

But if you’re not ready for that yet, consider these signs that it’s time to get porcelain veneers.

When You Hide Your Smile

One of the giveaways that it’s time to get cosmetic dentistry is that you’re hiding your teeth. You should be free to smile whenever something or someone makes you happy. However, if you’re keeping yourself from smiling, or putting your hand in front of your mouth when you do smile, it’s time to get cosmetic dentistry.

This is also true if you avoid or cover your mouth when talking or eating. If a lack of confidence in your smile is limiting you from these activities in public, it’s time to consider cosmetic dentistry.

Don’t forget to consider whether you’re hiding your smile from yourself. If you’re not happy to look at  your smile in the mirror, this is possibly the most important factor in getting cosmetic dentistry. If you’re not happy with your smile, that’s what really impacts your confidence.

So, if you’re hiding your smile from yourself or others, it’s time to consider cosmetic dentistry in Southlake.

When Veneers Are the Best Way to Fix Smile Concerns

So now that you’ve decided on cosmetic dentistry, how do you know that it’s porcelain veneers that are the best type of cosmetic dentistry for you?

First, you need to know that veneers will fix the complaints you have about your smile. The good news is that veneers can fix almost all common cosmetic concerns short of a missing tooth. With porcelain veneers, you can improve:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Small or poorly shaped teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Veneers are a great choice for whitening discolored teeth. Unlike teeth whitening, they’re not limited by the color of your tooth enamel. They can also cover stains that whitening can’t break down and remove.

Veneers are also a great choice for clothing gaps in your teeth. They work especially well if you have medium to small teeth, because they close the gap by enlarging the teeth on either side of the gap. Veneers can be used to reshape teeth that you find unattractive. If your teeth are small, whether they’re retained baby teeth or just smaller than you’d like, they can easily build these teeth up. Improving unattractive tooth shapes like peg laterals are another good use for veneers. Veneers cover over chipped teeth to restore their shape. The only limitation is that your Southlake cosmetic dentist will evaluate the tooth to see if it needs structural support that crowns provide.

Reshaping teeth can also sometimes perform the work of orthodontics. For teeth that look crooked with minor tilting and gaps, we can use veneers to achieve what we often call “instant orthodontics”: straighter teeth in under a month without waiting a year or more to go through straightening with more traditional orthodontics. Instant orthodontics won’t work for every smile, so your Southlake cosmetic dentist will carefully evaluate your smile before recommending this approach.

When Veneers Let You Fix Multiple Problems at Once

Sometimes, veneers are the best choice because they let you achieve multiple cosmetic goals at once. If, for example, you’re looking to close a gap in your smile, fix a chipped tooth, and brighten your smile all at once, veneers might be the right choice.

Orthodontics might have been effective on the smile gap, and whitening might have brightened your smile, but only veneers could accomplish all  your goals at once, making them the best choice for your smile.

When Veneers Save You Time and/or Money

You have probably read that veneers are expensive. This is not entirely true. While veneers might have a high cost, they also offer a high value. Sometimes, this means that veneers can actually save you money, not to mention time.

There are two factors that work in veneers’ favor:

  • Versatility
  • Durability

As we’ve mentioned before, veneers can often perform the work of multiple cosmetic procedures. Doing the work of orthodontics and teeth whitening for the cost of one procedure means that veneers might sometimes be the cheapest approach to achieving  your cosmetic goals.

In addition, the durability of veneers means that they can last for a decade or more. Whereas treatments like teeth whitening would have to be done a dozen times or more to maintain results and less sturdy restorations like dental bonding would need to be replaced several times, veneers can hold up for a long time. This can reduce your long-term cost.

Plus, if you value your time, think about how much time you’ll save by just having one treatment a decade as opposed to seeing your Southlake cosmetic dentist multiple treatments that need to be redone frequently.

Get Porcelain Veneers in Southlake?

Think it might be time for you to get porcelain veneers? If so, then it’s time to talk to a Southlake cosmetic dentist at StarImage Dental Boutique & Oral Surgery. They can help you know if veneers are truly the best choice for improving your smile, and help you get the beautiful results you’re looking for.

Please call (817) 587-4566 or use our online form today to request an appointment at our Southlake dental office near the CISD Aquatics Center.