Are you embarrassed about your smile? Does your smile prevent you from feeling confident in a social setting, on the job or at a job interview? Have you ever wanted to have a straighter, whiter, brighter, beautiful smile that allows you to feel confident and make a lasting first impression? If you answered yes to any of these scenarios, you may want to consider dental veneers.
Over time, teeth can become discolored, cracked, chipped, broken, decayed or crowded. Porcelain veneers offer a possible solution to rejuvenate your smile and make you feel more confident. Veneers are thin porcelain facings that are chemically bonded to the natural tooth. They are used to mask the color, size, and shape of the teeth allowing the dentist to mask misaligned, discolored or poorly shaped teeth, or to close spaces between the teeth.
Porcelain veneers are luminescent allowing light to reflect from the surface similar to the natural enamel. This type of veneer is resistant to staining and discoloring which will allow you to enjoy dark beverages including tea and red wine. Veneers are not indestructible and must be maintained with proper oral hygiene including regular dental checkups, brushing and flossing. Dental veneers can last 10+ years if properly maintained.
Where to start in designing your new smile?
It starts with you. The first step towards improving your smile is to schedule a consultation appointment with your dentist. Do some research to find who conducts veneer dental work with a great reputation in your area. You will go through the consultation appointment to see if you are a candidate for veneers. Ask lots of questions! At this appointment, the dentist will evaluate the current oral health, discuss treatment options, get an understanding of the patient’s expectations, and discuss the limitations that he/she may foresee. Many offices will have “Before and After” photos of previous cases completed by the dentist. Every person is unique, but seeing examples of work completed by the office can put your mind at ease when you see examples of the transformation that can take place through veneers. These “Before and After” pictures will provide a better understanding of what you can expect from the office.
Don’t underestimate the first meeting with your dentist about veneers. The consultation is a great way for you to learn about the doctor, if you are a new patient, and meet the staff. A friendly, professional staff can give you confidence in the practice as a whole.
When the cosmetic treatment option has been determined as your best option, the procedure will be completed after two office visits. The first appointment may take 3-4 hours and will involve removing a small amount of the tooth structure to make room for the veneers. A final impression will be taken and temporary veneers will be made. The second appointment will usually be 2-3 weeks later. At that appointment, the veneers will be chemically bonded to the teeth with a dental adhesive. Each veneer is tried individually to ensure an accurate fit with the dentist making certain that each is the right color, size, and shape for your designed smile. You’ll have a couple of weeks to brush, floss, and adjust to your “new smile” before your follow-up appointment with the dentist.
Porcelain veneers should last at least 7-10 years and may last much longer with proper oral hygiene and regular hygiene maintenance by the dental office. Good oral hygiene will help make all dental restorations last longer. You will still be able to enjoy your red wine, iced tea and other dark colored beverages. Veneers are a way to improve your life so that you are not prohibited from enjoying the things you love! Just like teeth, veneers are very strong but not indestructible; they can still chip or break. As long as you take care of the veneers, they will take care of you.
Veneers can be a cosmetic option that will allow you to feel more confident with a dynamic, straighter, whiter, brighter, natural, beautiful smile.
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