It’s no secret that a million dollar smile opens doors for you. You’re more likely to get that dream job or that dream partner with a clean, bright smile. You’re also likely to exude more confidence, and feel happier because of it.
But if you don’t already possess it, a million dollar smile doesn’t have to cost a million dollars and it doesn’t have to take a million years to achieve. All it takes, in one simple word, is a veneer.
Veneer application is a form of cosmetic dentistry that can change the look of your smile for the better in just a few visits to the dentist. Essentially, veneers are thin porcelain layers that are bonded to your original teeth to correct imperfections due to staining, chips, cracks and gaps between the teeth.
During the first visit, your dentist will have a consultation with you to determine if porcelain veneers are truly a viable option for you. To place veneers, your dentist will first make sure that all underlying dental issues – things like cavities – are corrected. He or she will also determine whether a porcelain veneer or a so called prepless composite veneer is more appropriate. Sometimes, patients will opt for prepless when time is a factor – a wedding, for example.
On the next visit, the dentist will create a molding for the veneer and also remove just a little bit of the surface of your existing tooth to prepare it for the bonding. This will help the veneer make a solid connection to your tooth once it’s placed.
On the final visit, your dentist will fit the veneer and then bond it to the tooth, using a special light source to activate the adhesive on the veneer. Once that is done, the veneer is considered to be permanently placed.
As far as care goes, the care is very similar to caring for your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing and limits on sugar and soda. With proper attention, your new smile will last for years or maybe even for the rest of your life.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park
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