If you are not satisfied with the appearance of your teeth, you may be thinking about veneers. Veneers are meant to cover imperfections, such as cracked or discolored teeth, teeth that appear misshapen, or those that do not match the size of neighboring teeth.
Before you take the plunge, you probably have questions. It’s always best to be informed before you take on any major changes in your mouth.
Do veneers look fake?
If veneers are made with skill, they should match the appearance of the rest of your teeth. The dentist will apply custom-made shells to your teeth that are made from wafer-thin materials and bonded to your teeth. Veneers that are made of porcelain are strong resistant to staining, and luminous. However, resin veneers that are truly a type of reinforced plastic, cost about half the amount of porcelain veneers.
The dentist should take time and careful preparation to ensure your veneers match the color of the surrounding teeth. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene in order to preserve the appearance of a veneer.
How do veneers work?
When you opt for veneers, you are essentially creating a cover for your teeth, one that will give the illusion of a smooth, white surface. The dentist will examine your teeth first to ensure you do not have any oral issues that need to be addressed before veneers are applied.
From that point, a small layer of enamel will be removed. Your tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and roughened before the bonding agent and veneer is applied. Finally, a light beam is shone on your teeth to make the bonding agent harden. Any excess cement will be removed and you will be well on your way.
Keeping your veneers in tiptop shape
In order to make your veneers last as long as possible, typically up to 10 years, you need to take excellent care of your teeth. Follow good oral hygiene practices. Also, avoid foods and lifestyle choices that will stain your teeth. Be careful about eating hard, crunchy foods because they could damage your veneers. To find out more about how veneers can transform your smile, set up a consultation to learn if this treatment is the best choice for you.