A cosmetic dentist has revealed an interesting side effect of dental veneers, and also exposed one of the rare moments in medical history when a side effect is actually beneficial.
The AACD (American Association of Cosmetic Dentists) has explicitly stated that the use of porcelain veneers, which are a thin layer of porcelain placed over your original teeth, can make your lips appear fuller and more sumptuous. This revelation came after many patients started seeking veneers who did not necessarily need them, and the patients said that the reason was the beneficial effects the treatment had on lip appearance.
An article dealing with the issue says that there has been an increase in veneer purchases by a staggering 250% over a period of just five years.
The treatment also smoothes out the wrinkles around the mouth, as the veneers pushing the mouth from the inside would make the skin tighter around the lips.
The mechanics involved are quite simple. The veneers add a few millimeters to your teeth, thus pushing your lips our ever so slightly, creating an aesthetically pleasing look of fuller, more pronounced lips. This just goes to show that dental treatments can have all sorts of previously unknown beneficial side effects. The treatment also smoothes out the wrinkles around the mouth, as the veneers pushing the mouth from the inside would make the skin tighter around the lips. This great news, as getting veneers can be an alternative to botox treatment, which can have nerve damage as a side effect, and involves getting poked with a needle, and eventually the botox is absorbed by the body, and thus needs to be repeated.
Veneers, on the other hand, are only adhered to the teeth once, and than are there for years, if properly cared for, can last a lifetime. Sounds almost too good to be true.