Teeth Veneers: The Secret to a Dazzling Smile
Without a doubt, a smile can make a lasting impression. Either a positive, or a negative one, depending on the state of your teeth. The bad news is that not everyone is blessed with a dazzling Hollywood smile. But the good news is that unlike a few decades ago, modern dentistry is so advanced that there’s no issue that can’t be fixed.
The most common problem today are teeth imperfections in the form of discolouration, cracks and chips which not only have a bad effect on your appearance, but can also lead to more complicated dental issues and affect your overall health. Dental veneers are one of the best ways to not only cover up these imperfections but also prevent further damage. Furthermore, a teeth veneer can be applied to perfect the shape of a noticeably smaller tooth, or one that’s misaligned. In some cases when teeth are only slightly misaligned, veneers can also be used as a better alternative to braces.
The reason why dental veneers are so popular is because they are the next best thing to real teeth. Anyone who’s ever had them has noticed how much natural they look and feel, over time making them forget they got them in the first place. A teeth veneer can imitate the natural sheen of real teeth as closely as possible. Moreover, they do not affect eating and speaking in any way, which is not the case with braces, dentures and most other dental modifications.
There are two types of veneers – porcelain and composite ones. If you want to invest in something durable, porcelain veneers are an incredibly lasting solution. With proper care, they can last for up to 25 years. Porcelain is a material with great reflective properties, kind of like natural teeth bone. The way the veneers are built and attached makes them extremely strong, yet still thin enough so that you’ll hardly notice any change in how your teeth feel.
On the other hand, if you need a quick solution, composite veneers can be fitted on your teeth in just a single visit to your dentist. Plus, they’re way cheaper than porcelain ones. But they do have their downsides. Composite veneers are not as durable or strong, which means you’re going to have to replace them much sooner.
All in all, getting dental veneers is not very complicated nor time consuming. It only involves three steps: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding. In order to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate, your dentist is going to perform a detailed examination involving X-rays. Next, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and prepare them for bonding which involves removing some of the enamel. At your final visit, the dentist will permanently cement the veneers to your teeth. Once properly in place, the dentist will apply a special light to the veneers which will make the cement harden very quickly. It’s important that you go for a follow up visits so that your doctor can check how your teeth and gums are responding to the veneers.