Have you ever avoided showing your teeth when smiling, or do you have any concerns about your front teeth when you do, such as staining, crowding, or irregularly shaped teeth?
If so, dental veneers could be the treatment you are looking for.
What Is The Process Of Getting Veneers?
The process of getting veneers typically takes three appointments:
Stage 1: Consultation appointment
Before you receive your veneers, your dentist will schedule a consultation appointment to discuss the options that suit you best. You will have a discussion regarding your concerns and requirements, and your suitability for veneers. The dentist will look at factors including the shade, shape, and type of material that should be used, as well as the number of veneers that you should have fitted.
At this stage, your dentist will perform a full dental examination and take x-rays to assess your dental health, and look out for signs of tooth decay and gum disease which will require treating prior to placement of veneers. Photos may also be taken which will help in designing the shape and size of your veneers.
After an in-depth discussion with your dentist, a treatment plan will be proposed with a full breakdown of costs which you can take away and think about.
Stage 2: Preparation of teeth
After approval of your treatment plan, you will return for an appointment where the teeth are prepared so that veneers can be placed onto them.
Impressions of your teeth and pre-operative photos will be taken and then each tooth will be individually prepared by trimming down to the required amount depending on the final design and goal. Sometimes very little or no tooth preparation may be required. Further detailed impressions will be taken and these are sent to the dental technician for design and production.
During this waiting period, your dentist might fit on temporary veneers.
Stage 3: Fitting
After 10-14 days, your custom-made veneers will return and with your dentist you will evaluate the fit, shape, and shade of the veneers to make sure they’re perfect for you.
After which, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth, and check the fit of the veneers on your teeth. Minor adjustments may be required to ensure an optimal fit and slight modification of tooth shape can be made also. Very strong adhesive cement is then used to bond the veneer to the tooth. Your dentist will ensure you are comfortable with the new veneers and will show you how to look after them properly.
After this appointment, you will be ready to show off your new smile. Aftercare appointments can be arranged if required.
Dental aftercare, fitting, and cleaning
To ensure your veneers last as long as possible, we advise against:
- Using front teeth to bite on hard objects
- Biting nails and pens, etc.
- Grinding teeth
- Chewing very hard foods
- Opening items with the teeth
Veneers can last for many years if they are properly cared for. However, they can chip or crack if you are not careful. If your veneers are damaged, you will need to see your dentist for repair or replacement.
What Are The Risks And Benefits Of Getting Veneers?
Here are some of the risks and benefits of getting veneers:
- Veneers can be expensive.
- Veneers can be damaged if you chew hard foods or use your front teeth to bite on objects.
- Veneers can chip or crack if you are not careful.
- Veneers can improve the appearance of your smile.
- Veneers can make your teeth whiter, straighter, and more symmetrical.
- Veneers can cover up stains and discoloration.
- Veneers can last for many years if they are properly cared for.
How to Decide If Veneers Are Suitable For Me?
Here are some of the signs that you may be a good candidate for veneers:
- You have chipped or broken teeth.
- You have discolored teeth.
- You have gaps between your teeth.
- You have crooked teeth.
- You have teeth that are not the same size or shape.
If you have any of these signs, talk to your dentist about veneers. They can help you determine if veneers are the right treatment for you and can answer any questions you may have.
Here are some of the things to keep in mind if you decide to get veneers:
- Veneers are a cosmetic procedure, and they are not covered by insurance.
- Veneers can be expensive, and the cost will vary depending on the number of teeth that need to be veneered and the type of veneer that is used.
- Veneers require some preparation, and you may need to have some of your enamel removed.
- Veneers can be sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks.
- Veneers can chip or crack if they are not cared for properly.
If you are considering veneers, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits carefully. Veneers can be a great way to improve the appearance of your smile, but they are not without their risks. Talk to your dentist about your individual needs and expectations to decide if veneers are the right treatment for you.