It’s been said that to find joy in life, then you have to relish the little things.
It can be hard, but it’s ultimately worthwhile to learn how to find joy in the tiny events and happenings that make up your life.
So it’s quite odd, in a way, that the most infuriating things in life are also little things. Getting cut off by a rude motorist during your morning drive to work. Missing the elevator when you’re already late. Picking up the wrong order of Chinese food and finding there’s less shrimp in your bag then there should be. Or the cosmic cruelty of always dropping your toast jelly-side down.
When taken one at a time, it can be easy to say “Oh, don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s just [INSERT PROBLEM HERE]. Why don’t you take it easy?”
Easier said than done, because those pesky little things don’t exist in a vacuum; when you add them up, they can make a bad day worse and a tough year even tougher.
Indeed, the ancient Chinese had a name for this kind of thing: Lingchi, otherwise known as “death by a thousand cuts.” The combined weight of all those stresses can prove infuriating, if not impossible to overcome, and it seems like there aren’t enough vacation days in the world that can make up for them all.
The same could be said about your smile. A little discoloration here, a chipped tooth there, maybe a gap thrown in for good measure, and you can already begin to see the toll that those “little things” can take on your smile. Soon, those little problems can become big ones, such as a cracked tooth becoming infected, leading to tooth decay.
When those problems start to add up quicker than you can count them, then you need the kind of problem solving that a set of glistening new veneers can give you. Veneers represent the best of what cosmetic dentistry has to offer while providing some restorative and protective benefits, as well, making them a fairly well-rounded solution to looking better than your current “best.”
A Winning Combination of Beauty & Protection
Each year, more and more people are discovering how they can have perfect, lifelike smiles with a simple cosmetic procedure known as veneers. Made from a number of different materials to fit your individual needs, these deceptively thin sheaths fit over your underlying teeth while radiating a natural, healthy warmth in your smile!
I use a few different types of veneers to achieve different desired effects for my patients, with each material having its own strengths and uses.
For example, most patients would be a good fit for my porcelain veneers, which offer the whitest whites available, and are remarkably resilient. However, if your underlying teeth are extra sensitive, or a moderately worn down, then porcelain may not be the best option. That’s because the porcelain veneers while extremely thin, aren’t as thin as other types of veneers, and therefore require more of the underlying tooth to be prepared and “shaved” down to make room for the veneers.
If that’s the case, it’s not a big deal, because I have two other types of veneers, e.max (which uses translucent materials for a lifelike appearance) and lumineers (the thinnest veneers I have available). These materials allow for a thinner veneer than porcelain, and can be a great fit – literally – if there is little underlying tooth to work with.
Different Materials, Similar Benefits
Regardless of which type of material is right for your new dental veneers, they will go a long way toward protecting your underlying teeth from different types of harm. The chemical bonding which is used to connect the veneer to the tooth itself can actually seal the tooth, preventing any bacteria or acids from wearing your teeth down. Veneers can also protect your teeth form the daily wear-and-tear of life, giving you extra protection where you need it most.
The only thing you have to be concerned about is whether or not your teeth and gums are in good enough shape to receive this life-changing treatment, but my team and I can get your smile where it needs to be with our many other oral health services.
To find out if you’d be a good fit for veneers (and vice versa), please give me a call at 458-205-5189, or click here to request an appointment with us online.
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