Veneers are thin custom-designed coverings that fit over the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are made to improve the normal size, shape, and color of your teeth by blending seamlessly with them to improve your smile.
Smile imperfections are self-esteem and confidence chippers. Defects like chipped, discolored, broken, smaller-than-average, or overly spaced teeth can be easily corrected with the use of veneers.
Veneers are usually created using porcelain or resin composite materials. They are permanently fixed to the front of your teeth. They can be bonded to all of your teeth as a complete makeover in cases of severe teeth damage, although most people simply use them on the affected teeth.
PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION OF VENEERS
Before anything begins, you’ll have to set a preliminary appointment with your cosmetic dentist to discuss if the option is right for you and how many veneers you’d like to have.
Your teeth are then examined by the dentist to see if you’re eligible for the procedure (this is usually done with X-rays).
At your next appointment, to get an accurate sizing of your veneers, about half a millimeter of your tooth is trimmed using a grinding tool before a mold impression of your teeth is taken. The mold is then used to create customized veneers just for you.
Veneers are an amazing way to correct tooth defects. Keep in mind, though, that they are permanent. Here are some things you should know about veneers before making your decision.
THEY ARE IRREVERSIBLE
The general procedure involved in the application of dental veneers is the grinding down of the teeth structure (sometimes the removal of the teeth covering past the enamel is required). It is necessary to make room for the veneers so that they can be placed properly. It is a permanent procedure that is often very painful and can require the use of anesthesia.
Never fear though; anesthesia will not be needed in most cases. Some veneers commonly referred to as “no-prep veneers” require only minimal tooth preparation. The teeth are usually drilled only to the enamel. These are a less invasive option that takes less time to attach.
THEY ARE STAIN-RESISTANT
Veneers tend to resist stains better than natural teeth so you don’t have to worry too much about what you eat.
However, while they are resistant to stains, they can still become discolored. It is advised that you treat the applied veneers with the same concern as you would your natural teeth when it comes to teeth staining foods to get the most out of them.
You should drink water after indulging in things like wine, coffee, blackcurrants, or a cigarette to wash off a bit of the coloring.
THEY CAN BE PAINFUL
A lot of people believe that getting veneers won’t hurt. However, this is not the case.
Veneers are bonded to your grinded-down teeth, so you’re healing and reforming your teeth around them after the procedure. Your teeth will probably feel a little sore.
Aside from this, some patients react to the bonding cement used to fix your veneers in place. This is called “bonding sensitivity”. After the anesthesia wears off, it is expected that you will experience about five to six hours of discomfort.
You should be careful not to clench or grit your new teeth or you might experience even more discomfort.
THEY ARE DURABLE
Veneers are might be thin, however, they are also very strong and durable. They are resistant to chips and cracks so that they can look picture perfect for years. Keep in mind that they are not indestructible; they can still get damaged if you’re irresponsible with them.
The most important thing is to treat them like your natural teeth. You should follow good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing at least twice daily. Doing this will ensure that your veneers stay in the best possible shape.
Veneers can last from about ten to fifteen (10-15) years, although great care can increase their span to about twenty-five years.
THEY DON’T WORK FOR EVERYONE
Veneers can fix many dental problems. It can correct defects like chipped or broken teeth, irregularly shaped, discolored, too-small, disproportioned, or misaligned teeth, and uneven spacing.
However, there are cases where veneers aren’t a good fit. They don’t work in cases of the following:
- Decayed or missing teeth.
- Gum diseases.
- Root canals.
- Problems involving clenching of the teeth.
These problems can be easily treated with other cosmetic procedures.
In conclusion, veneers are a great way to improve your smile and help you reach your goals. However, you should consult your dentist so you can get a procedure that ensures you get the best natural look and feel just right for you.