Non-Cosmetic Reasons for Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers provide a cosmetic and non-cosmetic solution to common dental conditions. Most patients request porcelain veneers to fix a cosmetic concern. Others have more severe conditions that require a veneer

Veneers are made from porcelain or resin-composite materials. They permanently bond to your teeth. Veneers can last for years, giving people a long-lasting smile for 10 to 15 years.

At Momentum Dental in Woodbridge, VA, Tamesha Morris, DDS, and our experienced dentists can apply porcelain veneers to get your smile healthy and beautiful. 

Non-cosmetic reasons for porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers have cosmetic uses. For some, veneers are necessary to treat other conditions. Broken or chipped teeth may require veneers if the tooth has more serious injury, damage, has previously been corrected with a root canal, or injured in a sporting activity. 

Some may opt for a veneer treatment if they have severely discolored teeth. The natural look of a veneer can help match your tooth with the rest of your teeth.

Large gaps in the teeth may also require veneers. The bonding nature of a veneer can naturally close large tooth gaps.

While less common, some people have smaller-than-average teeth. It can impact a person’s ability to eat, or may even lead to more severe dental conditions. Smaller teeth can be made larger with porcelain veneers.

Protecting your natural teeth

Root canals can fail. If root canals, gum disease treatment, and restorative dentistry are ineffective, your tooth may undergo more harm than good. Damaged and infected teeth should be removed to improve your overall health. Untreated cavities also pose a risk to your health. They can lead to tooth decay, which ultimately causes a domino effect in your mouth and may lead to other health conditions.

Without natural teeth roots in your mouth, you’re likely to experience other harmful conditions. Veneers are a great treatment option to ensure you avoid more severe dental issues.

How are veneers placed on teeth?

Veneer procedures take place in two visits. In about two weeks, a thin layer of porcelain is placed over the front and edge of the teeth. This process lengthens the short teeth, repairs a broken tooth, or even improves discoloration. Over time, the porcelain bonds to the front of the teeth and blends in with your natural gums.


After your procedure, you’ll want to ensure you follow all your doctor’s aftercare instructions. Traditional veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Daily maintenance ensures they stay clean, in place, and well cared for.

Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice, or even your fingernails. Try not to chew with your front teeth. Eat harder foods with the back of your teeth (often the stronger teeth). You may need to cut up larger, harder foods, too!

If you play a sport, protect your teeth with a mouth guard. Your aftercare regiment is important to ensure your veneers last many years.

If you’re considering veneers for a non-cosmetic reason, visit the specialists at Momentum Dental. Don’t let a chipped, broken, cracked tooth impact your smile. Call or book your appointment today.

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