Dental veneers are one of the best ways to improve your smile appearance. Not only can veneers address a wide range of cosmetic concerns, but the procedure is painless and offers instant results. You may be surprised at how many celebrity smiles are created with porcelain veneers. The good news is that the same cosmetic veneers that are used in Hollywood are also available to you.
At Grateful Dental in Marietta, we are happy to answer all of your concerns about porcelain veneers. Are veneers right for you? Can you be too young or too old to take advantage of veneers? We are here to set the record straight when it comes to age and cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers.
What Are Cosmetic Dental Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are placed on top of your teeth. They are purely cosmetic so they are only used on the front teeth, or those teeth that are visible when you smile. In order to ensure the veneer bonds strongly to the underlying tooth, a tiny portion of the enamel will be shaved off prior to placing a veneer.
Cosmetic dental veneers can hide all types of dental imperfections, including:
- Minor gaps
- Crooked teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Small or missized teeth
Am I Old Enough or Too Old?
Many patients want to know if age matters when it comes to porcelain veneers. The answer is not straightforward. While there is no required minimum age to get veneers, they should not be placed on patients who have not finished growing. Most dentists recommend waiting until girls are between the ages of 14 to 16 and boys are around age 18, as this is the typical age range when the size and shape of the jaw has stopped growing and changing. Placing veneers before jaw growth is complete can result in shifting teeth and crooked veneers.
If you’ve reached the age of full jaw growth and want a smile makeover with porcelain veneers, you’ll reap some amazing benefits. Whether you are a young person seeking a career in the public eye or simply looking for a relationship, cosmetic veneers are an excellent way to make a good first impression.
What about older adults? Is there an age that is too old for veneers? Not at all. While we always want to make sure your oral health is in check before performing a cosmetic dentistry procedure, senior adults can make excellent candidates for veneers. In fact, people between the ages of 40 and 60 are the fastest-growing group of adults getting veneers!
Veneers can be ideal later in life because they can hide the unsightly stains, chips and gaps that may have occurred over time. Cosmetic veneers are also one of the least invasive and most cost-effective procedures, making it an easy choice for aging adults. Nearly anyone can take advantage of veneers without going under general anesthesia or risking other health problems.
Lastly, many senior patients find that their veneers give them a new lease on life with renewed self-confidence and a younger-looking appearance.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Consult
Want to change the appearance of your smile? Whether you want to enter college without your front tooth gap or you want a more confident smile for your grandchildren, cosmetic dental veneers can help.
At Grateful Dental, we value the importance of an attractive and confident smile at every stage of life. Let us help you find a solution that makes you proud to show your teeth. When it comes to porcelain veneers, we use top quality materials and advanced techniques to create a beautiful, balanced and natural-looking smile. Veneers are durable, stain-resistant and easy to care for. Call today to learn if this cosmetic dentistry investment is right for you.