Most of us dream of having the perfect set of teeth. And while there are a number of dental procedures to achieve that, it seems that veneers are taking the world by storm. But what is there to know about veneers? Is it something you should consider? Are you even a perfect candidate for it? This post will answer most, if not all your questions.
What are dental veneers?
Let’s begin by defining what dental veneers are. They are also called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers. These are made in order to cover the front surface of the teeth to achieve a better look. These can be made from resin composite materials or porcelain. However, the porcelain kind is said to be better than the resin veneers, and it looks more natural. It is highly recommended that you sit down with your dentist to discuss which option suits you best.
When do you need dental veneers?
It is advisable to have dental veneers if you have the following problems:
- Discolored teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Teeth with gaps
What are the benefits of having dental veneers?
It isn’t surprising that dental veneers is making a big noise in the industry. Here are just a few of its advantages:
- It works well with the gums
- Veneers’ colors can be well-adjusted
- It can achieve natural-looking teeth
- These are more durable
What are the downside of dental veneers?
But it isn’t too perfect either…
Dental veneers have disadvantages which we will summarize below:
- Veneers are definitely expensive
- They are not perfect for people with unhealthy teeth and gums
- They are not repairable in case they crack
- Veneers might fall off (this doesn’t happen often)
- Your teeth might be more sensitive to hot and cold drinks and foods
Are veneers permanent?
The answer is NO. The life span of veneers are from seven to 15 years. After that, you need to replace it.
How do you take care of your dental veneers?
What’s good is that your veneers do not need extra care. You just need to continue a good oral hygiene like brushing teeth, flossing, and avoiding foods that can cause stains. If you do these, then you are good to go.
What is the procedure for having dental veneers?
Step 1: Examination
Of course, the first step is to set an appointment with your dentist. They need to check if you are a good candidate for dental veneers. In addition, your dentist will give you an overview of what to expect, and at the same time, you can share your expectations.
Step 2: Removal of enamel
Your dental veneers will not be added right away. Your dentist will need to remove about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from your teeth, which is almost equal to the actual thickness of the veneers to be used. A model will be made and will be sent to a dental laboratory where your veneers will be made. It should take around four weeks to finish. Meanwhile, temporary veneers will be placed so that your teeth will not look odd.
Step 3: Bonding
Your dentist will adjust the veneers and attach it onto your teeth. It should look natural and you should be able to bite and speak comfortably.
Step 4: Follow up
Your dentist might request for you to come back again after two weeks. This is to see if your gums are all good after placing the veneers.
We cannot really say if you are a good fit for dental veneers, and that is why it is a must that you visit your dentist.