Everything You Need To Know About Veneers
Cosmetic veneers are a great option for anyone looking for anyone looking to repair chipped, cracked, or stained teeth. Many people don’t know too much about veneers, so they have a lot of questions. What are veneers? What can you expect before getting them? How do you care for them? Read on to learn everything you need to know about veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin, custom made ceramic pieces that adhere to the front of your teeth. When veneers are properly cared for, they can last decades without needing to be replaced. Veneers can be a great option for anyone who wants to keep their real teeth but are in need of correction for staining, cracks or chips, or short teeth.
The ceramic porcelain material of the veneers will be tinted to the shade of whiteness that looks best with your personal complexion, and they will match the shape of your natural teeth. Veneers today have the same translucent look as real teeth, making them more natural looking than ever before!
What Is The Process for Getting Veneers?
Getting veneers is not a one-and-done trip to the dentist. You will need two to three visits over the span of a few weeks. First, you will need to have a checkup and consultation. You might need fillings or dental implants before you can get veneers.
After your initial consultation and check up, your dentist will prepare your teeth for veneers. First, they will shave a very thin layer of enamel off of the front of your teeth. Next, they will take an impression of your teeth and create a set of temporary veneers.
The waiting period in between temporary and permanent sets of veneers will allow you to get a feel for your new teeth and decide if you want to make any adjustments or changes to the color or shape of your veneers.
After the final veneers are ready, you will return to your dentist’s office once more to have the permanent veneers applied. A bonding cement will be applied to your teeth, and the veneers will then be carefully installed onto your teeth. After this appointment, you will have a new permanent smile!
Following the procedure, you may have some pain, discomfort, or sensitivity as your mouth adjusts, but any discomfort should subside within a few days to a week after your procedure. You can manage pain with over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.
Caring For Your Veneers
Regular dental care will keep your veneers looking good for years to come. You can care for your veneers just as you would your normal teeth, with daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. After 20 years, veneers usually need to be replaced due to daily wear and tear.
Not Everyone is a Good Candidate for Veneers
Veneers are an investment, and a rather pricey one at that. Not everyone can afford veneers, and they aren’t usually covered by insurance because they are a cosmetic procedure. If you are concerned about financing a set of veneers, talk to your dentist about payment plans and payment options.
Some individuals may not be good candidates for veneers, due to dental conditions that cause complications. You should not get veneers if you have:
- Bruxism (habitual teeth grinding or jaw clenching)
- An underbite or crossbite
- Crowded teeth
- Gum disease
See an Experienced Dentist When Getting Veneers
The first thing people notice about you is your smile. A beautiful smile will give you confidence, give you a boost in your personal life and give you the edge you need professionally as well.
If chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are “hiding” the real you, perhaps it’s time to schedule a cosmetic consultation with one of our skilled doctors. Cosmetic dentistry in Prescott, AZ can often be accomplished in just a few visits! The results will be immediate and dramatic.
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