Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental procedure. Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front surface of the patient’s teeth to improve the appearance of the tooth. Veneers can be a very effective option for many cosmetic issues.
Veneers are an excellent choice for correcting discolored teeth that do not respond well to bleaching or whitening. Teeth that are darkened or discolored due to stains on the interior of the tooth rather than on the surface generally cannot be bleached with teeth whitening products. For example, teeth that have turned gray due to tetracycline will not respond to teeth whitening. Veneers work well to hide these types of dark or stained teeth.
Veneers are also often used as an alternative to orthodontics for moderately misaligned teeth. Veneers can be shaped so that the teeth appear straight without the time, discomfort, and hassle of braces. With veneers, the patient does not have to wear a retainer to maintain the position of their teeth.
Veneers can fill in gaps between teeth and provide length and fullness to short or misshapen teeth. If the teeth are severely worn, a cap or crown may be a better choice than veneers.
Results are immediate and often dramatic with veneers. Placement generally takes two visits to your cosmetic dentist. During the first visit, your cosmetic dentist will prepare the surface of your teeth and take an impression which will be sent to a lab where the veneers will be made. Once the veneers are ready, a second appointment is scheduled and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. You will walk out of the dentist’s office after the second appointment with your dazzling new smile.
Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dental option for correcting discolored, misshapen, and misaligned teeth. Dramatic results can be achieved in just two or three visits to a cosmetic dentist without a lot of invasive dental work. Unlike some other cosmetic dental procedures, you can have a “Hollywood” smile overnight with dental veneers.
Before you take the plunge, be sure to consult with your cosmetic dentist and have a full understanding of the downsides of dental veneers and any alternative cosmetic dental procedures. Dental veneers are a great option for many patients, but they are not always the best alternative. Whether dental veneers are right for you depends on your unique situation.
The main downside to dental veneers is that placement requires removal of a thin layer of your natural tooth enamel. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Tooth enamel is removed where the veneer is to be placed so that the tooth will not look or feel “bulky” after the veneer is bonded to the tooth.
While removal of the enamel itself does not typically cause any problems, it means that once you get veneers, you are committed to having veneers for the rest of your life. Veneers typically only last for five to ten years so you need to be sure that you are willing to incur the expense of replacing old veneers when they chip, break, or wear out.
Also, some patients experience increased dental sensitivity after getting veneers, but in most cases the sensitivity will resolve after a few days. Your cosmetic dentist will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have about dental veneers and explain your options.
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