Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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Should You Get Veneers?

You know what veneers are. They're those special teeth caps that celebrities get to give them the perfect smile and are totally for cosmetic purposes. Right? Actually, porcelain and other veneers aren't just for celebs and fancy people who want a beautiful grin, they can be for anyone. In fact, they serve more than just cosmetic purposes, although this is a common reason to get them. 

You may be able to get veneers for a variety of reasons, including repairing your teeth. If you need veneers, your dentist will recommend them to you in many cases, but you may have to ask to get them for yourself. Here are reasons you may want to consider veneers for your health and oral satisfaction.

You have chipped and cracked teeth

Some people have naturally thin enamel on their teeth, which can be caused by genetic and lifestyle factors, among other things. If you have thin enamel and it has led to your teeth being chipped and cracked, then you may want to consider veneers. They can help cover your teeth and give you peace of mind knowing your teeth are nice and protected. You can even have the veneers put on to where they help improve the shape and vitality of your teeth so they are even and more appealing.

You have abnormally small or uneven teeth

If you have very small adult teeth and they don't match the shape of your face, or if you have a gummy smile, then you want to consider porcelain veneers to make your teeth look more grown-up in size. You can get veneers to help you feel better about a smile that matches your teeth.

If you have uneven teeth, then veneers on the teeth that are smaller can help you feel more confident in your smile. Veneers can be a great way to make your bottom teeth look straighter and more even and to make your front upper teeth look more aligned. You may even be able to use veneers as an alternative to braces.

Only your dentist will be able to tell you if veneers will benefit you in ways that are more than just cosmetic. When you have issues with your teeth and want to make them stronger or if they have been injured and need to be repaired, veneers can be the solution you're looking for. Consider veneers to give you confidence with your smile and overall oral health.

Contact a local dentist to learn more about veneers.