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Your smile is important to you. For many people, it’s an important part of who they are. So when people’s smiles don’t look as good as they could, they lose confidence in themselves.
This is where dental veneers, sometimes referred to as dental porcelain laminates or just porcelain veneers, may be able to help.
Here is some information you need to know about this dental health procedure.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells that cover up the outward-facing surface of your teeth. The overall goal of veneers is to improve the appearance of your smile. The veneers themselves are made of porcelain or resin, and they’re bonded to the front of your teeth. In general this changes the size, color, shape and length of your teeth.
Types of Veneers
In general, there are two types of veneers: resin and porcelain.
Dentists typically recommend choosing porcelain veneers because they’re more resistant to stains. On top of this, porcelain veneers do much better at mimicking the appearance of teeth when light reflects off of them.
In some cases, however, your dentist may choose resin veneers for you. Only your dentist can tell you which material will work best for you.
Problems That Veneers Fix
When it comes to changing the physical appearance of your teeth, few options are easier than veneers.
In fact, veneers are typically a go-to option for dentists because they can fix a number of dental problems.
For example, patients who have tooth discoloration can get veneers to change the appearance of their teeth. This also works for teeth that are broken, worn down or uneven. You can even use veneers to cover up gaps between your teeth.
The very first step in getting veneers starts with seeing your dentist. Only he can tell you if veneers are the right option for you.
Start by explaining the results that you hope to achieve by getting veneers. Your dentist will let you know if they can help. He will likely take some x-rays of your mouth and make some impressions. It’s also probable that he will tell you about any limitations that might come as a result of having this procedure.
If your dentist says that veneers are a right fit, it’s time to prepare for the bonding process. Your dentist will start by removing about Â½ millimeter of enamel from the surface of your tooth. This is roughly the same thickness of the veneers that will be bonded to your teeth.
Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and send them off to have veneers constructed. This typically takes one to two weeks. If need be, some temporary veneers can be attached until your new veneers arrive. Having temporary veneers may increase the cost of the overall procedure.
Bonding the Veneers to Your Teeth
Once your custom veneers are ready, it’s time to permanently attach them to your teeth. If you have temporary veneers, your dentist will remove those first.
The color of the veneers can be adjusted to the shade you want. For example, if you’re just having partial veneers put in, you can have the veneers changed in color to match your original teeth.
Before attaching the veneers to your teeth, the surface of your teeth must first be cleaned. Once the veneers are ready to be attached, your dentist will use a special beam to activate the cement for chemical bonding.
After being attached, your dentist will evaluate your bite to ensure that the veneers don’t need adjustments.
Advantages of Veneers
There are a number of advantages to choosing veneers over other dental procedures.
First of all, they provide a natural tooth appearance, so most people won’t even know that you have them. Studies show that gum tissue has a high tolerance for porcelain, so few gum problems are reported as a result of getting porcelain veneers.
Also, the color of porcelain can make your teeth appear much whiter than having your natural teeth whitened.
Finally, veneers are much stronger than your natural teeth. They also don’t require as much shaping and extensive work as getting crowns.
Veneers are a great choice for giving you the smile that you’ve always wanted. Talk to your dentist to see if veneers are right for you.
If he says that they would be a great fit, you may be just one procedure away from having the smile of which you’ve always dreamed.
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