When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, veneers are one of the most common procedures that clients request. Those who look into dental prosthetics to enhance their smiles are often drawn to the look of that “perfect smile”, but they can’t help but wonder if they will ruin their natural teeth by taking the plunge into cosmetic dentistry procedures.
The good news is when veneers are properly done by a dental professional, they will not ruin your teeth. But, there are still a few things to consider when you are making the decision to get or not to get veneers.
Veneers are essentially tooth-shaped hollow shells that are simply placed over your existing teeth. They hide flaws by changing the shape, color, and size of the teeth. Veneers are made of either ceramic or porcelain, and they are often made of composite components as well.
Most commonly, when a patient’s teeth are stained to the extent that whitening treatments no longer work, dentists turn to veneers. Of course, there are also additional indicators that veneers would impact a patient’s life positively:
- The patient has gaps in their existing teeth.
- The patient has chipped teeth.
- The patient has worn down teeth from grinding.
- The patient has broken teeth,
- The patient has signs of erosion on the teeth.
- The patient has uneven, misshapen teeth.
- The patient has teeth that are not aligned properly.
In all of the above situations, veneers would assist in getting the client the smile that they are longing for, and deserve. However; not all clients are ideal candidates for veneers. In order to decide if one is an ideal candidate for veneers, a full examination is required. The X-rays that are done during this examination are key in order to give the dentist an idea of what lies below the gumline.
There are other options to consider in cosmetic dentistry if veneers are not an option for the patient. Dental bonding or other orthodontic treatments can be done in order to assist in getting the client a better smile. All of these options will be discussed at the full examination and consultation.
When preparing the teeth for veneer adhesion, half a millimeter of enamel is removed from each tooth that will be covered with the veneer. This makes a bit of room for the veneer to fit, and will make sure that the veneer will not look larger than the tooth that it is covering. Before the enamel is removed, an anesthetic is administered to assist with patient comfort. An impression is then taken to ensure that the dental lab-created veneers with the desired measurements and exact dimensions required for optimum fit. Temporary veneers are placed until the new custom veneers arrive from the dental lab. The process usually takes between two and three weeks.
There are multiple benefits of veneers, the most prominent being:
- Teeth that look and feel just as your natural teeth did when they were in optimum condition.
- Teeth that are extremely stain resistant due to the porcelain or ceramic used.
- Teeth that give you the smile you have been longing for.
- Teeth that can last up to ten years when taken care of properly.
- Teeth that are designed to appear just as you want your smile to look.
- Teeth that no longer have gaps.
If you do not take care of your veneers appropriately, the teeth that are underneath are susceptible to decay. The veneers can also be damaged by grinding the teeth. After getting veneers, it is imperative to practice optimal oral hygiene to get the best out of your investment.