Whether or not to get veneers is not an easy decision for anyone to make. It is quite normal to have a lot of questions about them and how they are applied as well as questions about how durable they are and how they can help improve your smile. In the following article, you will find the answers to everything you want to know about veneers, so you can decide if they are right for you.
What Exactly Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that your dentist applies over your teeth. Veneers can correct many common cosmetic flaws such as:
- Chipped Teeth
- Misaligned Teeth
- Discolored Teeth
After your dentists applies the veneers to your teeth, they become permanently bonded to your teeth.
How Are Veneers Applied?
The first step in getting veneers is consulting with your dentist and making sure that veneers are right for you and the goals that you would like achieve with them. Then, your dentist will shave a small amount off each tooth that will receive a veneer. This is done so that veneers can fit on top of them properly. Next, your dentist will make an imprint of your teeth, which a dental lab will use to make the veneers.
After the lab sends the veneers to your dentist, he or she will first make certain that the color of them matches your teeth and that they will properly fit your teeth. Your dentist will then not only clean and polish the teeth that will receive the veneers, this person will also etch the teeth. This roughens your teeth a bit, which will help strengthen the bond between the veneers and your teeth.
In the next step of the process, your dentist will apply a special kind of cement to your teeth and then place the veneers on top of the cement. Finally, your dentist will apply a special kind of light to your teeth, which will harden the cement. Afterward, your dentist will test the fit of the veneers as well as your bite and make any adjusts that may be necessary.
What Flaws Can Veneers Fix?
Veneers, by their very nature, can fix just about any cosmetic flaw your teeth may have. Not only can they repair broken or chipped teeth, but they can also fix other issues you might have with your teeth, such as their color, shape, length or size. Their use will make your smile both brighter and more attractive, and with this they will help increase your confidence.
How Durable Are Veneers?
The lifespan of veneers can vary, from anywhere from 7-14 years. To keep them lasting for as long as possible, it is important for you to maintain proper dental hygiene. It is also important to understand that getting veneers is not reversible. Because your dentist has shaved and etched your teeth, you cannot return back to your old teeth. So, once a veneer (or set of them) has reached the end of its lifespan, you must replace it (or them) with a new veneer(s).
What Are the Pros and Cons of Getting Veneers?
Among the many advantages of veneers is that their porcelain finish closely matches your own teeth, so they will blend in well with the rest of your teeth. Other advantages include that they will not inflame or irritate your gums, and they are resistant to stains. Veneers are considered a conservative approach to altering your smile. You can not only be certain of the results but you can feel secure in knowing that your dentist can make any adjustments necessary.
Veneers do have some disadvantages as well. First, they can be expensive because of how they must perfectly match the rest of your teeth. You will further have to replace them every 7-14 years. Also, you can damage a veneer in the same ways that you can damage your normal teeth, and when this happens, you usually must replace the entire veneer.
Deciding whether to get veneers or not, much like deciding whether to get any dental procedure, can be both difficult and stressful. This is why it is important to discuss the entire process carefully with your dentist, to make sure that you are comfortable with it.
Just remember that you do not have to live with the smile you were given, and that the smile of your dreams is well within your reach.