How Veneers Can Change Your Smile
Too many people are hesitant to share their wonderful smile with others, for fear that their teeth are too discolored, too crooked, to gapped, or otherwise misaligned or aesthetically unappealing. These same people may be under the impression that fixing some of those perceived flaws would require major dental procedures that take a lot of time and money.
Dental veneers are a simple and effective way to address many of those cosmetic concerns and provide a restorative option that is quick and affordable.
You don’t have to hide away your smile. This treatment can very literally change your smile.
When Do We Suggest Veneers?
While veneers can’t solve every problem, they do offer new look that is very natural and very durable. We normally suggest veneers to correct problems such as:
- Fractured, broken, or chipped teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or strangely shaped teeth
- Teeth that have been worn down from grinding
- Discolored teeth that haven’t responded to other whitening procedures
- Gaps between teeth
What Are Veneers and How Does the Procedure Work?
Veneers are usually applied to your teeth in two separate visits. On your first visit, we need to get your teeth ready to accept the veneer. The second visit is when we will actually bond the veneer in place.
Preparing your tooth requires the removal of a little bit of the surface. Veneers are simply thin pieces of porcelain, and we need to make sure that they won’t feel out of place in your mouth. All in all, though, the amount we remove is usually less than 0.5mm.
The next step is to take an impression of the prepared tooth and the teeth around it. We will send this to a special dental lab where they will create the custom veneer that will fit perfectly.
As soon as your veneers are ready, we’ll have you come back into the office where so we can bond them in place. We use a special dental cement for this which is then hardened with a red curing light.
Restoring Your Smile
Whether your teeth have been damaged through decay or trauma, a simple veneer might be the solution you need. They are strong enough to function just like your normal teeth, and studies show that the average veneers will last between 5 and 12 years.
And now that you’ve taken the first steps to restoring your smile, it’s important to focus on proper dental maintenance. Just because you’ve got porcelain instead of enamel on your tooth, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t require the same kind of attention and care.
Make sure that you continue to brush and floss as you should, though you may consider avoiding toothpaste that is particularly abrasive.
If you tend to grind your teeth at night, or if you bite your nails or regularly chew hard objects, you may be putting too much pressure on them.
Showing Off Your Smile
Your smile and your self-confidence are tied very closely together. If you don’t feel like you can show off your teeth, you tend to hold back on your smiles. Often, that can make it harder for others to approach you, which, in turn, makes you feel even more self-conscious.
Veneers can quickly repair or reinvigorate your smile so you don’t have to keep it hidden away. If you’re ready to make this change, be sure to give us a call.