When you look in the mirror and smile, you may notice flaws on your teeth that make you self-conscious. You may worry that your co-workers, friends and loved ones will notice the imperfections, particularly if only one or two teeth are unattractive and stand out from the rest. Whether you are self-conscious about your smile or you want to protect your teeth, veneers may be an appropriate solution to help you reach your goals.
What Are Veneers?
Before you can determine if dental veneers are appropriate for your smile, it is important to understand what they are and how they improve your smile.
The simple definition of a veneer is a covering that hides the flaws on your natural teeth with the purpose of protecting the tooth and improving the aesthetic appeal of the tooth. Depending on the current appearance of your teeth, the number of veneers that you need to feel confident in your smile may vary.
The reason that veneers improve the appearance of you smile is based on the materials that are used. A veneer is often made out of specialized materials that are adjusted to match the color of your teeth. When the veneer is placed over a tooth, it will look like the real tooth when you smile.
Application of a Veneer
The process of applying the veneer to your teeth is not difficult. Due to the thickness of the material, the teeth are shaped and adjusted so that there is space for the veneer. After shaping your natural tooth, a mold is taken of the tooth so that it is possible to create a custom veneer that will cover the tooth.
Every veneer is custom made for each individual tooth. Although the exact amount of time before it is ready for application can vary slightly, in most cases the veneer is ready to apply to your tooth after about two weeks.
When your custom dental veneer is ready, we apply it with an adhesive material that holds it in place. A veneer is designed to last for many years and the adhesive will not fade or become discolored, so your teeth will maintain the same look after several years as it has when you leave the office.
What Veneers Can Correct
Veneers are not always the appropriate solution to correct your smile. By recognizing when it is appropriate to consider veneers, you can determine it if might help improve the appearance of your teeth or if other solutions are a necessity.
The problems that may be corrected with a dental veneer include:
- Gaps in your teeth
- Unsightly discoloration on one or more teeth
- A tooth that is crooked
- A tooth that is misshaped
- Severe staining on your teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
Although some of the problems that a veneer can help correct may require more work than just the application of the veneer, it is useful when you have aesthetic concerns related to your teeth.
A veneer can help protect your teeth from further damage when any underlying problems are already corrected. For example, a broken or chipped tooth may require work to protect the tooth from decay and sensitivity before putting on a veneer.
Advantages of Veneers
The benefits of putting in veneers over alternative solutions make it worth considering for your teeth. Veneers go much further than simply providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The primary advantage is the appearance. A veneer looks like your original tooth, but without the flaws or problems. It will cover up the flaws without looking fake. The materials used to create a veneer are designed to resist fading or staining, which ensures that it looks amazing for years.
Stain resistance is another key benefit that makes veneers a useful part of any aesthetic dental work you may be considering. Unlike other alternative adhesive solutions, veneers will not become stained over time. Enjoy your favorite beverages and foods without worrying about unsightly stains or gradual fading that makes your veneer look fake. It will not stain easily.
Although the aesthetic benefits make it a useful way to get the smile that you want, the process of adhering the veneer to your tooth is minimally invasive. While a small amount of shaping is required to create the look that you want, veneers are very thin and can fit to your teeth easily. It will not take a long time to apply your new veneers and the amount of preparation is limited. The amount of shaping and adjustment to your teeth is much less than alternative solutions.
The ability to match your veneers to the rest of your teeth is another key benefit that makes it useful for your aesthetic concerns. The materials that create your new veneers are developed so that they match the rest of your teeth. If you are correcting one or two teeth, then it will result in an even appearance that improves your smile.
Durability and Long Lasting Results
The key advantages of dental veneers are related to the appearance of your teeth and the limited amount of preparation that is required when compared to other treatments. Although the advantages are obvious, a key factor that may be overlooked is the durability of your new veneers.
Unlike fillings and other treatments, a veneer is designed to last for several years. The materials that create the veneer are designed so that it will not break down or create problems over time.
When used to help protect fillings that you have obtained previously, a veneer can help protect your tooth from further damage and make your filling last for a longer period of time. The results of a veneer will last much longer than a simple filling or any other alternative to correct your smile.
Maintaining Your Veneers
Maintenance and management is not difficult. Unlike other solutions that are designed to correct crooked teeth, gaps or similar problems, veneers do not require special maintenance solutions.
Brush and floss your teeth every day for good oral hygiene. If you take care of your teeth normally, then your veneers will remain clean.
Although maintenance is limited, we recommend that you do not bite down on bones, the shells of nuts or similar hard objects that may damage or chip your veneers. Any object that can damage a tooth can also cause damage to your veneers. Otherwise, the veneers can be used like your natural teeth. They are strong enough to last for years.
A beautiful smile does not always require a difficult procedure. Veneers can quickly correct some of your aesthetic concerns so that you can show the world a beautiful, even and perfect smile.