They say that your smile says a lot about a person. What does your say? If you find yourself covering your mouth when you smile, laugh, or talk, then it may be time to consider cosmetic veneers. This could be a potential solution if you have chipped, gapped, or otherwise misshapen teeth. Veneers can restore your smile and allow you to interact with confidence!
Dental veneers are thin covers that can be placed directly on top of problem teeth. The intent of the veneer is to look similar to a natural tooth with the proper size and shape that best suits the overall features of the face. Veneers are typically made out of porcelain, but other options may be available.
It’s important for patients to understand the scope of what dental veneers can and cannot correct. Common reasons that people elect cosmetic veneers include:
Restore chipped and otherwise worn-down teeth
Remedy crooked teeth
Offer solution for discolored teeth
Keep in mind, the tooth itself much be in good condition in order for the veneer to be an option. If the tooth is decayed, then you may need to consider other solutions.
The procedure for placing cosmetic veneers is fairly simple and straightforward.
First, the tooth must be prepared, which includes removing a small portion of the enamel. This is an important step because it allows the veneer to attach to the tooth without looking too large.
Next, the dentist will create a mold of the teeth. This is also the point in which the dentist will select the proper shade of veneers so that it matches the rest of your smile.
The impression of the teeth is then used to create a custom set of veneers that will look the most natural for the patient.
The dentist will spend some time placing the veneers and making small adjustments before adhering the veneers to the teeth. Future appointments may be needed to adjust the veneers so that they look the absolute best.
Keep in mind; veneers are not for everybody. As mentioned, your teeth and gums must be healthy in order for this to be a viable option. Additionally, this is not a remedy for individuals who grind their teeth as this will deteriorate the veneer over time. Veneers may not last your entire lifetime, so additional appointments may be necessary to repair or replace veneers that crack, break, or fall out.
Once you have veneers, there are a few things you should remember. For example, veneers can break or chip so people should not bite their nails or chew on hard foods or items. Veneers may feel peculiar at first. It will take time for patients to get used to the look and feel of them. Although veneers aren’t your real teeth, you should still brush and floss regularly. Remember, there are still gums that must be kept healthy!
Ultimately, veneers are an excellent solution for people who want to restore the look of their smile and otherwise have healthy teeth. It’s important to discuss your questions with your dentist before moving forward because the initial process of removing the enamel cannot be reversed once it's done. This is a bit of a commitment that should be entered into with a full understanding.
If you would like to revamp your smile, then reach out to us today. Our trained staff can help you identify your options and provide additional information about cosmetic veneers and a variety of other cosmetic dental procedures. Contact our offices to schedule an initial consultation.