Almost everyone wants to have the perfect smile. All of us want to have a beautiful set of teeth that we can be proud of. However, not everyone is blessed with strong and white teeth. If you want to achieve that stunning smile, then you may want to get veneers.
Read on to learn more about veneers and their pros and cons before deciding to get them.
What Are Veneers?
Simply put, veneers are thin shell coverings made of strong, stain-resistant material that surrounds the front side of the teeth. The dentist will shave down the shape of the natural teeth so they can attach veneers using special cement. Veneers can turn previously damaged teeth into white and flawless ones.
Veneers were invented in 1928 when they were used to change the appearance of the smiles and expressions of actors for various dramatic roles. A person’s appearance after veneers changes drastically and it’s obvious when compared to what it was before.
Around 1937, the same person who made the temporary veneers for movie makeup created a veneer from acrylic material and began using it to produce them. Now, various other materials are used in making beautiful smiles all over the world.
Are Veneers for You?
One of the top benefits of veneers is that they can visually correct just about any problem you have while looking as natural as possible.
You can also opt not to cover all of your natural teeth with veneers. Partial veneers can also be a good option if only a few teeth need to be restored. Ask your dentist about suitable options for you. You can also do some research about the dental veneer procedure prior to your appointment.
Dental veneers are perfect for patients with:
- A need to improve their smile in an extremely short period of time for a role or a special event
- Extremely discoloured teeth that can’t be whitened to the desired shade
- Damaged teeth resulting from trauma
However, if you any of these conditions, veneers aren’t for you:
- Advanced gum diseases
- Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
- Functional problems with crooked teeth
People suffering from bruxism’s effects are not prime candidates for them, regardless if they’re made from porcelain or composite material. Constant grinding will shorten the life of your dental veneers.
Additionally, if your teeth are extremely decayed or your dental health is poor, then you might not want to consider veneers. Dental veneers don’t really address problems with oral health; they are purely cosmetic. Gum diseases and advanced tooth decay will both continue progressing even if you cover them up with dental veneers.
The dentist may suggest other dental procedures, like root canals or crowns as better options.
Remember dental veneers can’t straighten your teeth. So if you have bite problems due to crooked teeth, then you may be subjecting yourself to a variety of health issues by superficially covering up the problem. Some of these include digestive problems, sleep-disordered breathing, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
What Are the Different Types of Veneers?
Porcelain or Ceramic Veneers
Porcelain veneers are the gold standard when it comes to an amazing smile makeover. Your dentist will do some prep work on your teeth, make the impression, then send it to the dental lab for the veneers to be assembled.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Aside from being durable, porcelain or ceramic dental veneers are highly resistant to stains, keeping your flawless teeth whiter for a longer period. This material is the best option for extremely damaged teeth (chipped or broken, discoloured, etc.).
Composite Resin Veneers
These veneers are made from resin. They might not be as durable as porcelain veneers yet composite veneers are still excellent products and are usually more affordable.
Composite resin veneers typically require only one visit to fit and place, because the dentist can form the material and bond it to the teeth on the same day. People who don’t have various issues with their teeth are excellent candidates for this type of dental veneer.
No-Prep Dental Veneers
Generally used on the front teeth, no-prep dental veneers (popular brand names include Durathin or Lumineers) are bonded to the teeth similar to composite resin.
Some of the advantages of no-prep veneers are:
- They often don’t require grinding or filing
- Less prep has to be done to your natural teeth before application
- They can typically be applied sans a local anesthetic
These benefits make them less expensive, as well. The no-prep veneers can feel different on the teeth because they’re bulkier compared to the thin shells made out of porcelain dental veneers or composite resin dental veneers. This variety is suitable for teeth with various issues. Do take note that you have to be highly consistent with your dental care routine to preserve them for as long as possible.
Trial/Temporary Dental Veneers
Trial or temporary veneers, are short-term solutions your dentist can offer you before you can have the permanent ones.
The various preparations involved in putting the veneers on — including filing and removing the enamel — can’t be undone, so the dentist may use liquid composite to make temporary veneers you can wear while the permanent veneers are being made.
They are a bit thicker than the permanent ones and won’t feel as close to your natural teeth compared to the final product. Yet, they allow you to try them to determine if the appearance and shape of your new smile are what you expect.
What Happens During a Dental Veneer Procedure
The initial visit should be a consultation. Tell your dental professional exactly what you want, whether a simple correction or a total smile makeover. This visit must also include an examination of your teeth and a discussion about whether veneers are the right solution for you. You can also look at pictures of models whose teeth you like and don’t like. This way you can talk to your dentist about the exact features you’d like to see in your dental veneers.
Depending on the discussion you had with your dentist, impressions or x-rays may be taken. The dentist will also check if you have untreated gum disease or existing tooth decay. At this point, you can choose the material you prefer.
A good consultation involves open and unhindered communication between a dental professional and a patient. When you are comfortable and honest with your dentist, then you will surely be satisfied with the final outcome.
Applying veneers does not require meticulous preparations compared to the other dental procedures. The particulars would also depend on the veneer type and the number of teeth you need veneers for.
Getting dental veneers typically requires 3 trips to your dentist — one for the consultation and another 2 to create and apply the dental veneers. One or numerous teeth may undergo the veneering procedure at the same time.
While a dental veneer procedure doesn’t require the help of a specialist, you should still be particular about who you trust. Just like any dental procedure, you need to look into the relevant experience with dental veneers and patient reviews of the dental professional.
Are you looking for high-quality dental veneers? Look no further than Lakeside Family Dental. For more inquiries about veneers or to book a free consultation, please call us at (905) 637-0801.