There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry available, meaning that it is now possible to improve virtually any and all aspects of your teeth and achieve the bright and beautiful smile that you have always dreamed of. One form of cosmetic dental treatment that has been particularly requested over the last few years is veneers.
Chances are you have already heard of veneers, although you may have heard them referred to as either dental or porcelain veneers. This solution is an extremely popular way to transform the esthetic appearance of your teeth since it is both minimally invasive and highly effective.
Veneers are thin, shell-like covers that are applied to the outer face of your teeth, covering the enamel and any imperfections that it might have, such as staining or discoloration, cracks or chips. Veneers can also cover small gaps between your teeth and make them appear more uniform in height and shape.
Each veneer is custom-made specifically for your teeth and can be created in a variety of shades, enabling you to brighten your smile. They are then applied individually, first by filing down some of the outer enamel on your teeth, and then by bonding the veneer to the front of the tooth. The filing is performed under local anesthetic, meaning you will not be in any pain. Once your veneers have been applied and set using a special curing light, your new and improved smile will be ready for you to unleash upon the world.
Veneers are a successful and straightforward solution. However, there are some things that you should know before deciding that they are the right treatment for you.
Many people are impatient when it comes to their smile transformation, and while this is understandable, any good cosmetic solution takes time to make sure that it is perfect for you and helps you achieve the result that you are looking for. The process to receive veneers is no exception and requires multiple appointments including:
- an initial consultation to check that veneers are the best solution for your needs
- an appointment to take moulds of your teeth which will be used to create your custom-fit veneers
- an appointment to prepare your natural teeth and fit your veneers
You may also be fitted with trial veneers before you are given your final new smile. This will help ensure that they feel comfortable and look natural and attractive. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate for your treatment timeline at your initial consultation.
Natural enamel cannot regrow. Therefore, once you get to the point that you have had the enamel on your teeth filed down to make way for the new veneers, you will always need some form of veneer on your natural teeth. This filing is necessary so that your new veneers fit flush and look as natural as possible. However, the process is irreversible, so this should be a consideration before you opt for dental veneers.
Pain is one of the most common concerns of any patient undergoing any sort of dental treatment, whether restorative or cosmetic. While the process of filing down the enamel of your teeth and fitting veneers may sound painful, it is anything but. This is because local anesthetic is used to ensure that you aren’t in any discomfort. You may however still feel some sensations such as vibrations and hear the noises of the drill. If you are a particularly nervous or anxious patient it may be possible for you to be sedated – enquire with your dentist.
Despite their delicate appearance, dental veneers are surprisingly robust and can actually strengthen your teeth. However, while they are a long-term solution, they won’t last forever. It is not unheard of for a set of good quality veneers to last as long as 20 years, however, most patients will require at least one replacement set during their lifetime. Exactly how long your veneers will last will depend on how well you look after them, so follow your dentist’s advice for taking good care of them! Contact us today for further information.