If you are unhappy with your smile, you may have considered getting veneers. Perhaps you already have some chips or a broken tooth that just doesn’t look right. Your cosmetic dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers and then make sure that you have them fitted and prepared correctly by doing some of the necessary preparation steps.
Most people are familiar with veneers. If not, here’s a quick introduction. Veneers are very thin porcelain laminates that are adhered to your tooth by adhesive. They are bonded to your tooth, using a solution that is typically made up of either silica or bovine collagen, which helps to seal the veneers in place.
There are a number of reasons why you may be considering getting veneers. Perhaps you’ve found that a chipped tooth makes your smile look too plain. Perhaps your natural teeth are too shallow, and your dental impression says so. Maybe you have large gaps between teeth. No matter what your reason may be, you should know that this type of cosmetic procedure is very common and can help to give you a more attractive, youthful smile.
Veneers are quite durable and difficult to remove. Some veneers can last up to 20 years before they are removed. Once removed, they can be removed easily with a dentist’s scalpel. Because they are bonded to your tooth, you won’t have to worry about them coming off, which is a big deal especially if they are in the mouth constantly.
Another benefit to getting veneers is that your dental bill will likely decrease. This is because it’s a fairly simple procedure. Your dentist simply has to prepare the tooth where he/she will put the veneers, then sand down the surface of the tooth to smooth out any irregularities. Since veneers are thin, they will be placed on top of the tooth almost like a layer. They are held in place by a bonding agent, and will stay in place until they are removed by the dentist. Since they are bonded to the tooth, they don’t move or slide around, which means that there is no more poking and adjusting as necessary to keep them in place.
A good dental practice will offer a free consultation to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. During your consultation, your cosmetic dental professional will evaluate how your current smile is holding together. He/She will discuss with you all of the options available to you and help you determine whether veneers are right for you. If you’re looking for a smile makeover, don’t forget to ask your dentist about veneers.