Veneers are ridiculously thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front part of your teeth to improve appearance.
They say a smile is the first thing people notice about someone. But, unfortunately, only 25% of Americans are satisfied with how their teeth and smile look at the moment. So, for the rest of us who wish our teeth looked a little better, dental veneers may be a good option to consider.
What are veneers?
The American Dental Association defines dental veneers as a permanent change used to correct teeth imperfections such as chipped or stained teeth. Veneers are custom-made shells of tooth-colored material made to cover the front part of your teeth to improve appearance. The shell is bonded to the front of the tooth, changing its color, shape, size, and even length if you want.
Veneers are used to correct teeth issues such as;
• Crooked or misshaped teeth.
• Chipped or worn teeth.
Stained teeth that can’t be corrected with bleaching.
Uneven spaces or large gaps between teeth.
Dental veneers can be made of composite resin or porcelain material. The difference between the two is that porcelain is stronger, more long-lasting, and stain-resistant. For those reasons, porcelain veneers are a tad more expensive, but they last a long time (20 years).
If you want a fast and cheap procedure, go with composite resin. They last at least 10 years, but the application procedure is done in a single visit to the doctor. Composite veneers are also fixable in case you break one before replacement time.
Things You Need to Know Before Installing Veneers
1. Your teeth and gums must be in good health. Your doctor will check for any decay and gum diseases and take care of them before placing veneers.
2. Veneers are not the best option for people who grind or clench their teeth because they can chip or break.
3. Veneers are permanent because they involve removing a part of the tooth enamel. This means you can’t stay without them and you must replace them after 10-20 years.
4. Veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, so it’s likely your insurance doesn’t cover it.
5. Veneers can chip, break, stain, or get worn out just like normal teeth. You have to take care of them like natural teeth and avoid biting hard objects.
Procedure for Getting Veneers
The process of getting cover takes place in three phases;
This is the initial visit where you explain to the doctor your teeth issues and end goal. The doctor will look at the teeth, take an x-ray and advise if veneers are the best option.
Once it’s decided that cover are a great fit, your doctor will prepare the teeth for the procedure. This normally involves trimming off some enamel and making an impression of your tooth/teeth. The impression is sent to an on-site lab, and a custom veneer/s is made.
On your third visit a few weeks later, you come in for the actual application of the cover on your teeth. First, the doctor will clean your teeth, polish, and roughen the surface to ensure the cover stick properly. If the veneer is the correct shape, color, and fit, a special cement is applied to your tooth, and the veneer is placed on top. The dentist then applies a special light that cures the cement and makes the drying process fast and permanent.
If you have discolored, chipped, or misshaped teeth, dental cover are a better, less-invasive solution compared to crown and teeth replacement. In just three sessions, you will have a perfect smile again without undergoing any pain.