When someone custom-makes furniture or remodels a house, they often use thin decorative layers of wood or other materials to make it look more beautiful. This is usually because the base material isn’t attractive, due to the fact it’s worn down or damaged. Did you know there’s a similar process for your teeth? Dental veneers are thin decorative layers as well, covering teeth that don’t have the perfect shape or color. They can go a long way toward giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Reasons for Veneers
Dental veneers are custom-made to address the imperfections of each individual patient. While one of the biggest reasons for getting veneers is chipped or broken teeth, there are actually a variety of other issues veneers can fix.
Here are some additional reasons for veneers:
- Discolored teeth: teeth can lose their whiteness for a variety of reasons, including drugs, smoking, alcohol, excessive fluoride use and more.
- Worn-down teeth: teeth eventually wear down because of regular use, clenching or griding.
- Misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth: whether your teeth are uneven or have an abnormal shape, veneers can make them look good again.
- Teeth with gaps: veneers can close the spaces between teeth.
As you can see, veneers address a variety of issues to improve your cosmetic appearance.
Types of Veneers
There are two main types of veneers: resin and ceramic. You and your dentist will have to decide which is best for you. Ceramic veneers (also known as laminates) are extremely strong and durable, though they often require more than one appointment. Resin-based veneers can usually be placed in one appointment and are easy to match to the color and shape of the rest of your teeth.
The Veneer Process
The procedure for veneers is actually very simple. Depending on the type of veneer and the health of your mouth, it can take anywhere from one visit to three. Here is the best process for veneers:
- Planning: your dentist will discuss your goals for the look of your mouth, take X-rays (if necessary) and possibly an initial impression of your mouth and teeth.
- Preparation: some enamel will have to be removed from your teeth to prepare for the veneer. Your dentist will then take an impression and send to the lab, receiving them in 1-2 weeks.
- Bonding: the permanent veneers are cemented to your teeth and adjusted for the perfect fit.
If you’d like to know more about veneers and how they work, schedule a complimentary consult with our office today.