Getting veneers is a multi-step process that takes two to three visits and a few weeks.
The procedure begins with an initial examination and consultation. Your dentist will examine your smile, determine whether you are a good candidate, and discuss the next steps. If you require fillings or dental implants, these must be addressed first.
Your dentist will prepare your teeth for veneers by shaving a very thin layer of enamel off the front of your teeth, about the thickness of your fingernail. They will then take an impression of your new smile and fabricate a set of temporary veneers that will remain in place until your permanent veneers arrive. This trial period allows you to decide whether you want to change the color or shape of your new teeth—it is essentially a test drive for your new teeth.
If you want to reinvent your smile, porcelain veneers are a good option. You can conceal flaws and finally have the smile you have always wanted. However, there are some things you should know before getting veneers.
You will return to the dentist after the final porcelain veneers have been sculpted to have them applied. After removing the temporary veneers, a bonding cement is applied to your teeth. The permanent veneers are then carefully placed, and your new smile is ready to go!
1. Veneers are not necessary for the entire mouth.
While some people choose to have veneers placed on all of their teeth, this is not always necessary. Veneers are sometimes only required for one or two teeth.
2. Porcelain is highly stain resistant.
Many people prefer porcelain veneers over resin veneers because they are more stain resistant. Proper oral hygiene is still required, but these veneers are less prone to discoloration.
3. They are not detachable.
Dental veneers are permanently attached to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. These veneers typically last between 15-20 years, but they can last much longer.
4. It is possible to overdo the white.
People frequently believe that whiter is better when it comes to porcelain veneers, but this is not always the case. It is critical to select a white colour that appears natural.
5. There are temporary veneers available.
Those who do not want to wait for their veneers may be able to obtain temporary veneers. These veneers are only worn for about a week.
6. People maintain their natural teeth.
Veneers and implants are not the same thing. The natural tooth serves as a foundation for the veneer, which is attached to it. Because the veneer is so thin, it does not protrude.
7. It is a purely cosmetic procedure.
Because dental veneers are a cosmetic procedure, they are not usually covered by insurance. People are still encouraged to check with their employer to see if this procedure is covered. Grinding your teeth and biting down on hard objects can cause veneers to crack. Before getting veneers, people should address any teeth grinding issues and avoid eating hard foods.
8. They are prone to chipping and cracking.
Veneers are similar to teeth in appearance. They can chip and crack, so people must exercise caution when wearing them. While they can withstand normal wear and tear, some precautions must be taken.
9. Veneers are not suitable for everyone.
Veneers are very popular right now, but they are not available to everyone. Dentists examine patients before recommending veneers.
Are veneers the best option?
You can decide if porcelain veneers are the right choice for you now that you know what to expect. If they are, make an appointment with a dentist.