Choosing to have veneers is a decision that should not be made rashly. Having veneers put in place involves changing the shape of your actual tooth permanently. Ensure you are fully read up on the topic, understand what it includes, and have been to several consultations with different dentists before committing. Here is everything you need to know about veneers-
Veneers- What Exactly Are They?
Veneers are very thin laminates designed to sit on top of each individual tooth. They are usually made from porcelain or ceramic material. They are used to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, making them appear straighter, better in shape and whiter. Veneers are ‘cemented’ to the front of your teeth and are permanent.
When Are They Used?
Veneers can be used to cover various problems with the appearance of teeth-
- Staining- Sometimes stains cannot be treated with whitening leaving no other option than veneers. Often just the front teeth will be covered when using veneers for staining.
- Gaps- Some of those with a gappy smile love it, others are very self conscious of the gaps between their teeth. Veneers can be used to close gaps in between teeth.
- Wonky Teeth- Veneers are not always the first choice for crooked teeth as they sit on top of the natural tooth, so if teeth are severely crooked they will not work. They can however improve teeth if they are slightly wonky, making the overall appearance neater.
- Damaged Teeth- Veneers are perfect for covering teeth that have been chipped or broken, or excessively worn from grinding.
How Are Veneers Fitted?
Before you have any veneers treated you should always have a consultation first. This way you can discuss your issues with your teeth and how they want them to look, find out if veneers are the right choice for you and discus price. It is advised to visit several cosmetic dentists to see if their opinions differ at all. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion.
- Once you have decided to have veneers fitted after your consultation you will have an appointment to prepare your teeth for the veneers. Your teeth will be reshaped and filed down so that impressions can be made to make your permanent veneers. You will receive a local anaesthetic so as not to feel anything during this procedure.
- The impressions made of your teeth will next be sent off to a dental laboratory to make your permanent veneers. In the mean time your dentist will fit you with temporary veneers. It usually takes between one and three weeks for permanent veneers to be made.
- When your veneers have been made they are ready to be fitted. Your dentist will use an acid to etch the surface of your teeth to make a good surface for the veneers to be cemented to. Your veneers will then be fitted, any excess cement will be trimmed away and after a polish your new smile is complete.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
If you opt to have porcelain veneers you would expect them to last between five and ten years. Other veneers will usually last around two years.
Smile Care is essential for your veneers. You must ensure you look after them well as they can stain just like your real teeth. Ensure if you do have veneers fitted your dentist explains to you in detail how to keep them in tip top condition.