How do people get their perfect white teeth? We never see celebrities or basically most anyone on TV with anything but perfect white teeth. These people are not born that way, they pay for their shiny white teeth. Most of us would love to have those perfect white teeth too, but they’re not for everyone. There are issues you would want to consider before deciding if veneers are right for you.
What Veneers Are
You’ve probably heard of veneers but don’t actually know what they are. Veneers can be made of resin, porcelain or other materials. They are very thin and attach to the front of your teeth and can change the size, shape or color of your tooth. Veneers are mostly used on chipped or broken teeth, oddly shaped teeth, teeth with gaps, or teeth that have become discolored from fillings or root canals. They could be used to improve your self- esteem and make you feel more confident. Usually it’s considered cosmetic and your insurance doesn’t cover the cost which could range from $1,000 to $2,000+. They tend to last about 7-15 years but after that you’ll probably need to replace them.
Choosing the Right Veneer for You
There is much to learn about veneers so educate yourself before deciding what it best for you. Your dental professional should also be able to help you with this decision.
- Porcelain Veneers – The best-looking veneer is also the most expensive. Special cement and ultraviolet light is applied to your existing tooth and need to be custom made to fit your natural tooth.
- Instant Veneers – If you’ve broken you tooth and need instant repair, this might be what you want since they are premade and can usually be applied on your initial appointment with your dental professional. They won’t exactly match your natural teeth but they will save you some money since they are less expensive than porcelain.
- Composite Veneers – Made of the same material used to fill cavities this is frequently used for minor chips in teeth or gaps between your teeth. They are like porcelain but not quite as durable, and they cost less than porcelain.
- Removable Veneers – Never heard of removable veneers? They are the latest options for veneers and are actually a cross between porcelain and instant veneers. They’re removable and are custom made for your teeth. They’re not used as a long-term remedy for missing, broken or chipped teeth but they are the least expensive option if you are on a budget.
Benefits of Veneers
The reason most people decide to use veneers is to whiten their teeth for a much brighter smile. This can add much more assurance and confidence to your self-esteem, and because they are molded to your teeth, you probably won’t even notice any difference from your tooth. The veneers don’t require special care and you’ll continue to brush and floss per your normal routine. Your teeth don’t change their shape or spacing and you can select how white you want them. If you want a more subtle look, you can go just a shade or so lighter than your original teeth, however, you also have the option to completely change the color and go bright white!
Before you make that appointment with your dental professional, you’ll need to understand there are also some other issues to consider. Your dentist may not recommend veneers if you tend to grind your teeth, bite your nails or even chew on ice. They also may not be recommended to you if you have a history of other dental problems such as gum disease or enamel issues. Since veneers are made of porcelain which is a more delicate material, they tend to chip or crack more than a crown or filling. Your natural teeth will tend to change color over time, but veneers won’t change their color. You’ll need to maintain your regular checkups with your dental professional to avoid any issues with the color of your teeth. Since veneers only cover your teeth, your original teeth can still decay under the veneer which can lead to other dental problems. Check with your dentist to determine what is best for you.
Once you decide veneers are right for you, you’ll want to learn about the process and what to expect from your dentist. The procedure is normally done at your dentist’s office but will take a few visits. X-rays are taken and impressions are taken on the teeth that will be getting veneers. The actual veneers are made in a laboratory and normally take a couple of weeks after the impressions are sent to them. If necessary, your dental professional can use temporary veneers until the permanent ones are ready. Similar to a crown or filing, some enamel (about one millimeter) is removed from your teeth in order to apply the veneer. Before being applied, your teeth will need to be cleaned and polished, then etched so the veneer can be bonded correctly. A special light is used to bond the cement that is used to place the veneer on your tooth. A follow up appointment a few weeks after the procedure is necessary to be sure there are no further issues or adjustment necessary.
Check with a licensed dentist for a consultation to see if veneers are a good choice for you. You can boost your confidence and enjoy a shiny white smile by adding porcelain veneers to your teeth.
Always discuss your concerns with your dentist. Follow his or her advice to achieve the results for a bright, happy, and healthy smile.
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Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.