One of the fastest ways to get a wonderful smile is to get veneers. These caps on your front teeth can change problem teeth into a smile you can be proud of, which will also help your self-esteem. You will no longer have to hide your teeth with an unnatural smile.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are caps that are placed on the front of your teeth. They are often made of thin porcelain which is formed in a lab. Because they are porcelain, they are translucent and can look just like your natural teeth. This makes it almost impossible for people to tell that they are not your real teeth.
Ceramics are also used to make veneers. These ceramic veneers can be milled by a machine that is computer controlled (CAD). This enables some dentists to make them right in their office, and some may even apply them on the same day. They are opaque, but this may vary. Materials are continuously being improved to make them look more like your natural teeth.
Another material used to make veneers is resin composite. This material is like a paste, and it is applied to the front of your teeth and then hardened in place. Many people have this procedure rather than the porcelain or ceramic because it is less expensive.
What Problems Can Veneers Fix?
A wide variety of dental problems can be corrected by the application of veneers. This is how you can go from having problem teeth to having a set of entirely beautiful teeth in a short time. They can be used to correct:
- Discolored teeth – Teeth that are stained or discolored from medication or fillings, can be made white by veneers. It will work even when bleaching does not help.
- Short teeth – Teeth that are not even can be corrected to create an even appearance.
- Misaligned teeth – When teeth are not aligned correctly, a veneer is made to fix that problem, which gives it an aligned look.
- Gaps between teeth – Gaps or chips can be filled in with a veneer, making them look natural and beautiful without spaces.
It needs to be added here that not all problems can be corrected with veneers. Severely misaligned teeth, for instance, may require orthodontics or surgery to be corrected. Generally, veneers can only correct minor problems.
What Is the Procedure?
If you are getting porcelain or ceramic veneers, after an evaluation, the dentist will take a mold of your teeth. This may be done digitally in order to get it to the lab faster, or it may be sent to a computerized milling machine at the office.
With resin composite veneers, the process is usually completed in just one sitting. The dentist applies the material to the front of your teeth and then carefully molds it to the desired shape. After hardening it, the dentist will polish it to give it a more natural appearance.
What Preparation Is Needed?
Once you have been approved for veneers, the dentist will remove some of the enamel from your teeth that will be getting the veneers. This is done in order to ensure that your teeth remain about the same thickness after the veneers have been applied. Some newer veneers are so thin that it is not necessary for this step.
Is Anesthesia Necessary?
Getting veneers placed on your teeth has an advantage over many other dental procedures. In most cases, anesthesia is not necessary from beginning to end. You are likely to need up to three different appointments at the dentist’s office, but you do not need to be numbed up for any of them. The procedure is considered to be the least invasive in cosmetic dentistry.
How Is the Color Shade Controlled?
After the veneers have come back from the lab, you will make another appointment. Once there, the dentist will carefully ensure that each veneer fits perfectly. There may need to be some trimming and shaping to get it just right.
During this procedure, the dentist will also ask you about the color of the veneer. This is controlled by the shade of the glue that is under the veneer. It can be adjusted by adding more tints to it, but only up until the tooth is actually glued on. It is a special adhesive that is hardened when a certain light is applied to it.
Are Other Procedures Necessary?
Since veneers are only added to your front teeth, some of your other teeth may also need some work in order to give you a truly great smile. This may include the addition of crowns, or other dental work, which will likely need to be performed first. If your other teeth are not aligned well, the dentist may encourage you to get orthodontics instead of veneers.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Before obtaining veneers, your teeth and gums need to be in good condition. People who habitually bite their nails, or chew on hard objects such as ice, are not good candidates. This will chip the veneers, and so will grinding the teeth.
Many dentists today can help you get dental veneers. You want one that has experience and that has produced some great results. You will need to work with the dentist to create a plan that will help you get great looking teeth. If you need more affordable prices, you may want to consider using dental services out of the country.