If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, you may try to avoid showing them in public as much as possible. Many people who dislike their smile will go to serious lengths to conceal it, covering their mouths with their hands when they speak, closing their mouths for photographs or even avoiding certain situations where they know their teeth may be impossible to hide.
Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry solutions can transform the appearance of even the most unattractive teeth, helping you to own a smile that you won’t be able to help but share. One of the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry treatments today is dental veneers. Here is what you need to know before getting this popular cosmetic dentistry solution.
Dental veneers are a practical solution for many cosmetic problems
Dental veneers are a clever and discreet way of improving the esthetics of your teeth that can be supplied as a solution for a single tooth or your entire smile. Each veneer is a thin, porcelain shell that has been custom-designed specifically to fit over the top of one of your teeth. This means that it will be the right size and shape. Once it is secured in place over the top of the natural enamel of the tooth, any imperfections that you may have had on the face of that tooth will be covered. Typically, dental veneers are chosen by patients who have:
- Teeth that are cracked/broken
- Teeth that are chipped
- Teeth that are discolored and for whom whitening is either not an option or has been unsuccessful
However, dental veneers can also be used to close any small gaps between the teeth and to make all of your teeth look the same height and width, giving your smile a more symmetrical and attractive appearance.
The process is minimally invasive
One of the best things about dental veneers is that the process to fit them is minimally-invasive, straightforward and, since you will be given a local anesthetic, totally painless. Before your veneers can be fitted it will be necessary for your dentist to file down a little of the natural enamel on your teeth. This is so that your new veneer sits perfectly against your tooth without looking thick and unnatural. Each veneer is applied individually, secured in place using adhesive that is cured with a special light.
It is important to understand that it is impossible to regrow tooth enamel. Once you commit to dental veneers and you have had the faces of your teeth filed down, the enamel cannot regrow. This means that you will require veneers for the rest of your life.
Veneers can be created in virtually any shade
The material used to create veneers is porcelain, something which can be created in a variety of different shades, enabling you to color-match it your existing teeth so that it looks virtually identical to your natural smile.
Many patients who are choosing to have all their entire smile transformed with veneers opt for a color that is significantly whiter than their natural teeth, giving them a bright, fresh and younger-looking smile.
Veneers can reinforce your natural teeth
Despite their very thin, fragile appearance, dental veneers are actually a great way to strengthen your natural teeth. This can be particularly important for patients who suffer from erosion or general tooth weakness.
Your veneers won’t last forever
However, that is not to say that they won’t see you through a good decade, or possibly two! It is not unheard of for high quality, well-fitted dental veneers to last upwards of 15 years. However, you should expect to have to replace them at least once during your lifetime. Top tip – the better you look after your veneers, the longer they will last!
If you would like to find out more about dental veneers, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our dental please, do not hesitate to contact and get in touch with our offices.