What Veneers WON’T Do for You

Many people believe a beautiful smile will bring them fame and fortune.


Will veneers have you receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Possibly (but only if you’re an actor to begin with).

This is possible, if one is in the entertainment industry. Or, if your teeth are crooked, chipped or stained, veneers certainly can help you land jobs, dates, even spouses (a great smile often translates into greater confidence, and greater confidence is known to help people win or earn employment and companions).

But veneers aren’t a perfect fix. Perfect, in that you have them applied to one or more teeth, set and then you forget about your teeth.

No, indeed.

Read below for some of the things veneers won’t do for you.

  • You won’t be able to stop brushing, flossing and practicing good oral hygiene habits. A veneer simply covers the front of a chipped, broken, crooked, stained, or otherwise unsightly tooth. Your real tooth remains and you need to take care of it. What’s more, few people ever have all teeth covered with veneers. So that means any un-veneered tooth needs to be taken care of properly…by brushing, flossing, eating right, and getting regular dental check-ups.
  • Veneers won’t make any poor oral hygiene habits you have disappear automatically. You’re still in charge. You’re still the one who has to do the things you know you need to do. You’re the one who has to practice discipline and actually do the work.
  • Veneers can’t replace missing teeth. As mentioned above, your dentist places a veneer on the front of your tooth; it doesn’t fill in the space of a missing tooth (a denture or dental implant can, however).
  • Veneers also can’t fix a bad bite, a poor/weak profile or make several crooked teeth look straight. If you’re concerned about overly crooked teeth, talk to your Plano dentist about braces or Invisalign to straighten teeth. If your teeth are still chipped, stained or broken, you can then talk to your Plano dentist about how one or more veneers can further improve the look of your smile.
  • Finally, remember: veneers can’t make you smarter or more capable. In other words, while veneers can make your smile more attractive, if you want that job or promotion, you’ll still have to actually work for it! (You’re smile will be prettier, though, when the boss comes in to make the announcement of the promotion….).

Interested in learning more about the ins and outs and what veneers can and cannot do for you? Then contact Plano cosmetic dentist Dr. Darren Dickson. Give our office a call by phone to make an appointment.

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