Things to Know Before Getting Veneers
Your teeth might be in generally good condition with few cavities or other dental problems, but if they are aesthetically unattractive, your smile could still be getting you down. Many people agree that a great smile is important for making a good first impression. However, if your teeth are stained, discolored, cracked or chipped, you might feel too self-conscious to share a natural smile and instead cover your mouth with your hand or try to smile with your mouth closed.
Thanks to the evolution of cosmetic dentistry, there are many different ways to change and improve the appearance of our teeth, including addressing those issues that make you embarrassed about your smile. One of the simplest, but most transformative options available is dental veneers. Here are some important things to know before getting veneers.
Veneers can be used to correct many but not all cosmetic defects
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, it’s essential that you choose the right solution for the dental problems that you have. For this reason, you will have a consultation with your chosen dentist who can check that the cosmetic dentistry procedure you would like will be effective in resolving your smile issues.
Dental veneers are thin, shell-like covers that are custom-created specifically for your teeth. They will sit over the top of the outer enamel, covering a range of imperfections including cracks, chips, staining and discoloration. They can also be created in such a way that they cover small gaps between your teeth and make them more uniform in height.
Once you have veneers, you will always need veneers
The process to receive veneers is minimally invasive, but you will need a little of the outer enamel of your teeth removed. This will enable the veneers to sit properly against your teeth without looking unusually thick or artificial. However, since natural enamel cannot regrow, once this has been filed away you will always need to have veneers on the affected teeth.
Veneers can be applied individually or in a complete set
Some people only have damage or discoloration on a couple of teeth, while other patients want to see their entire smile transformed. The beauty of veneers is that they can be applied individually, meaning you can have as many or as few as you need to make the smile improvements that you deserve.
Your veneers will strengthen your natural teeth
Although they appear very thin and fragile, veneers are surprisingly strong – so much so that they can reinforce and strengthen your natural teeth. This is especially beneficial if you have thin enamel on the teeth at the front of your mouth.
You will need to take care of your veneers
Although they are created from artificial material and cannot develop cavities, you will still need to take good care of your veneers to ensure that they stay in the best possible condition. This means cleaning your teeth properly and being careful not to use your teeth as tools as this could chip your new veneers. If you grind your teeth, you may be supplied with a mouth guard that you need to wear to protect them from erosion. Remember to visit your Algonquin dentist regularly so that they can check on the health and condition of your veneers.
With the right care and attention, your veneers could last 15 years or more before they require replacement!
If you would like more information about dental veneers, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss this popular cosmetic dentistry solution with our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.