If you’re not happy with your smile, you’re not alone. Millions of people feel self-conscious about their teeth. Luckily, there is a solution: dental veneers! Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over your natural teeth to improve their appearance. They can fix a number of problems, including discoloration, spacing, alignment, size and shape, and tooth sensitivity. If you’re considering getting veneers, keep reading to learn more about them!
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells that are placed over the front side of your natural teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers are made from high-quality porcelain that is extremely durable and resists staining. They are also custom-made to fit your individual teeth, so they look natural and seamless.
Veneers are placed on the front surface of your teeth using a strong bonding agent. The process is usually done in two visits: one to prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and 3-D scanning your teeth, and another to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments before adhering the veneers in place. In between the first and second appointments, your veneers will be custom fabricated in a dental lab and you will wear a set of temporary veneers.
The placement of veneers is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure. However, it’s important to note that veneers are not reversible. In order to have veneers placed, your natural teeth will need to be shaved down in order to accommodate the veneers. This means that veneers will permanently alter your teeth and you should be sure that you are absolutely certain about getting veneers before going through with the procedure.
Once your veneers have been placed, they tend to last about 10-15 years before needing replacement. During this time, it is important to properly care for your veneers to keep them lasting as long as possible. To care for your veneers, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. You should also avoid using your teeth as tools (e.g., opening bottles) and limit your consumption of hard and chewy foods (e.g., candy, ice) to prevent accidental damage to your veneers.
What can veneers fix?
As we mentioned before, veneers can be used to fix a number of dental problems. In fact, they are one of most popular cosmetic dental treatments because they can fix a range of cosmetic concerns all with a single procedure. Here are some of the most common reasons why people get veneers:
Teeth are porous, meaning that they absorb colored pigments. Over time, these pigments can collect and make the teeth appear to be stained. While teeth whitening procedures can remove certain types of stains, it does not remove all types of stains. For example, staining due to age, antibiotics, or trauma usually do not come out with whitening procedures. In these cases, veneers are an excellent solution for teeth that are discolored or stained. They are used to conceal teeth that have become yellowed or dull over time, and make them appear brighter and whiter.
Spacing issues are another common problem that people often have with their teeth. Spacing issues can occur for a number of reasons and can affect the overall look of your smile. One common spacing issue is a gap between the teeth. If you have gaps between your teeth, veneers can be used to close them. Veneers can also be used to make small teeth appear larger., which can also be used to close a gap. Another common spacing issue is overlapping teeth due to overcrowding. In some cases, veneers can be used to conceal overlapping teeth, making them appear appropriately spaced. This can also minimize the risk of tooth decay and make the teeth easier to clean.
Many people also struggle with alignment problems. Although some people seek orthodontic treatment to fix major alignment problems, this is not always necessary for minor alignment issues. Veneers can be used to fix teeth that are slightly out of alignment. While they cannot fix major alignment issues, such as an overbite or underbite, veneers can be used to fix teeth that are slightly crooked. By placing veneers on the teeth, the overall appearance of a smile’s alignment can be improved. This can also create a more symmetrical and balanced smile.
Size and shape:
For some people, the size and/or shape of their teeth may be less than desirable. For example, teeth can appear too small, too large, or they may be unevenly sized, which makes the smile look uneven. This can also be the case in terms of shape, especially if one or more teeth has been damaged or has worn down unevenly. The size and shape of teeth can also be improved with veneers. Teeth that are too small or misshapen can be made to appear larger and more symmetrical with veneers. Veneers can also be used to make teeth appear more uniform in size and shape, which makes the smile appear more even overall.
Tooth sensitivity is a condition that affects many people. It is the sensation of pain, discomfort, or sensitivity in the teeth in response to certain stimuli, such as heat, cold, sweet foods, or acidic foods. It can be caused by a number of factors, such as exposure to harsh chemicals or acids, gum disease, tooth decay, or wearing down of the tooth enamel. In some cases, veneers can be used to protect the teeth from further sensitivity. By placing veneers on the teeth, the sensitive areas are covered and protected from stimuli. This can help to reduce or eliminate discomfort and pain associated with tooth sensitivity.
In this blog, we discussed five things veneers can fix: discoloration, spacing, alignment, size and shape, and tooth sensitivity. Veneers are a great solution for many people who want to improve the appearance of their smile. However, keep in mind that veneers are a permanent procedure since your enamel will need to be altered to properly place veneers. If you are considering getting veneers, be sure to consult with a qualified dental professional to see if they are right for you and how they can help improve the look of your smile.