Things To Know Before Getting Veneers
Your teeth might generally be in good condition with few cavities or other dental problems, but if they are aesthetically unattractive, your smile could still be getting you down. Many people agree that a great smile is essential for making a great first impression. However, if your teeth are stained, discolored, cracked, or chipped, you might feel too self-conscious to share a natural smile. Instead, you might cover your mouth with your hand or try to smile with your mouth closed.
With the evolution of cosmetic dentistry, there are many dental treatments to change and improve the appearance of our teeth. These include addressing those issues that make you embarrassed about your smile. One of the simplest but most transformative options available is dental veneers. Here are some essential things to know before getting veneers.
Dental veneers can correct many but not all cosmetic defects.
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you must choose the right solution for your dental problems. For this reason, you will have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Pottorff, who can check that the cosmetic dentistry procedure you would like will help resolve your smile issues.
Dental veneers are thin, shell-like covers that are explicitly custom-created for your teeth. They will sit over the top of the outer enamel, covering a range of imperfections, including cracks, chips, staining, and discoloration. They can also create veneers in such a way that they cover small gaps between your teeth and make them more uniform in height.
Once you have veneers, you will always need veneers.
The process to receive veneers is minimally invasive, but you will need a little of the outer enamel of your teeth removed. This procedure will enable the veneers to sit correctly against your teeth without looking unusually thick or artificial. However, since natural enamel cannot regrow, you will always need to have veneers on the affected teeth once this is filed away.
Veneers can be applied individually or in a complete set.
Some people only have damage or discoloration on a couple of teeth, while other patients want to see their entire smile transformed. The beauty of veneers is that they can be applied individually, meaning you can have as many or as few as you need to make the smile improvements you deserve.
Your veneers will strengthen your natural teeth.
Although they appear very thin and fragile, veneers are surprisingly strong – so much so that they can reinforce and strengthen your natural teeth. This is especially beneficial if you have thin enamel on the teeth at the front of your mouth.
You will need to take care of your veneers.
Although they are created from artificial material and cannot develop cavities, you will still need to take good care of your veneers to ensure they stay in the best possible condition. You will need to clean your teeth properly and be careful not to use your teeth as tools, as this could chip your new veneers. In addition, if you grind your teeth, Dr. Pottorff may supply you with a mouth guard that you need to wear to protect them from erosion. Finally, remember to visit Dr. Pottorff regularly to check on your veneers’ health and condition.
With the proper care and attention, your veneers could last 15 years or more before they require replacement!
If you would like more information about dental veneers, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss this popular cosmetic dentistry solution with our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.