You have a wedding coming up and you want to look your best, including having a picture perfect smile. You’ve heard veneers are a quick fix and figure you’ve got plenty of time. You’ll get it done in between dress fittings and ordering your flowers.
But you can stop right there.
When your dentist fits you with veneers, he is not going to wave a magic wand and suddenly give you perfect teeth. It is going to take some time, weeks even, to get it right.
Before any of the work on the veneers, your dentist will first work on any underlying issues with your teeth, such as decay or gum disease. It is essential that the teeth be in healthy condition.
Next, the veneers. You and your dentist will decide which is best, composite or porcelain. Composite is less expensive, takes less time and does not need as much tooth removal to apply. However, it is more of a challenge to match composite color to your natural teeth so it is less cosmetically desirable.
Porcelain veneers will more closely match the color and shape of your natural teeth, but they are more expensive, take more time and require more tooth preparation. This process can take weeks, if not months, to complete, as the dentist cleans and prepares the tooth, shapes the veneer, applies the veneer and schedules yet another appointment to make sure it has the proper fit.
If you’re planning on veneers to make that special occasion even more perfect, it’s a good idea to consult your dentist right away and give yourself plenty of time to ensure the process goes smoothly.
Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental
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