There are a host of cosmetic problems your teeth might have that may have led to a dentist recommending porcelain veneers. But what exactly are veneers, and are they a good choice to solve the cosmetic problems you’re dealing with?
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
The word veneer originated in woodworking, where it was used to describe thin layers of rare or expensive wood applied over cheap wood to make attractive wooden furniture. This allowed woodworkers to create affordable furniture that looked expensive. The use of the word in dentistry is not much different — it’s a thin facade of a more attractive material affixed over your own teeth. Just like wood veneers, dental veneers can conceal cosmetic problems and give a more attractive appearance.
They’re not made of wood, of course; they’re made of advanced dental ceramic. This material is attractive and realistic, but also carefully designed to be just as strong as your real teeth. In fact, veneers are so durable that they can last more than twenty years with proper care!
Applying the veneers is very easy and can be done in just two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will work with you to choose how your new smile will look. Your teeth will be prepared to receive the veneers, and impressions will be taken for use in the fabrication of your veneers. You won’t get your permanent veneers until your second visit, but you’ll be given temporary veneers at the first appointment so that you can walk out with a more attractive smile immediately! Then, at your second appointment, your dentist will fit your permanent veneers, make any necessary adjustments, and bond them to your teeth. It’s that easy!
Are Veneers Right For Me?
Veneers are a highly flexible solution, which is why they’re often recommended to correct a wide variety of different cosmetic problems. Since they completely conceal the tooth, they can solve anything from discoloration to chips and beyond.
Some staining or discoloration can’t be resolved with whitening treatments. But the shade and color of veneers can be customized to look natural and attractive, so regardless of your real tooth color, your veneers can be bright. If your teeth are oddly shaped, too small, or have visible chips or cracks, veneers can conceal those issues and take any shape you prefer. Veneers can even correct for gaps between teeth and crookedness without the need for orthodontics and months of waiting.
If you’re concerned about a lifestyle change with porcelain veneers, don’t be: They’re cared for just like your real teeth, so as long as you keep brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, they shouldn’t require any additional effort.
Talk to experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Meghan Hodges, DMD, to learn more about how porcelain veneers can makeover your smile. Call élan at (918) 528-3330 or contact us online to make an appointment.