Dental veneers are a great choice for those looking to solve aesthetic issues with their smile, without having to go down the route of orthodontic treatment. Veneers look great, are fitted to your face shape and symmetry, and are specifically crafted to look natural.
Like every other procedure, there are things you should know before jumping right in. We’re going to take a look at everything you should take into consideration before getting dental veneers so you’re completely prepared, and know exactly what to expect from them!
- Veneers Can Fix a Variety of Issues At Once
Veneers are extremely versatile in the ways they can fix a variety of aesthetic issues, and renew your smile once again. Many patients consider dental veneers to fix a few different issues. The first of these problems often include severe discoloration – veneers can perfectly mask stained or yellowed teeth to give you a healthy-looking, white smile once again. Stained teeth can make you extremely self-conscious, and veneers let you smile with carefree confidence once again.
Other issues that veneers help solve are gaps and misalignment. Placing veneers over these problem areas can give you a straight smile that you’re proud of, without having to go through the trouble of orthodontic treatment through braces or clear aligners.
Lastly, veneers can cover chipped or worn down teeth to renew their appearance once again. The best thing about veneers is that they don’t need to be applied to all teeth, and can just be bonded to a few that you’re self-conscious about.
- You Need a Complete Examination First
Veneers aren’t recommended for someone with oral disease, someone with cavities that need to be filled, or other dental irregularities that impact general dental health. Our specialists will perform a complete and thorough exam to determine whether or not you have any pressing issues that need to be addressed before the veneers are attached. If you do, these problems will be solved before we go ahead with your cosmetic procedure. We want to make sure there’s nothing external going on that could diminish the benefits associated with dental veneers. We value your oral health, as well as your desire to achieve your smile goals!
While veneers are very strong and durable, it is possible to crack or chip them if you aren’t treating them well or being careful. Much like your natural teeth, putting too much pressure on them could result in expensive damage.
The best way to avoid this is not to use your teeth as tools. It’s tempting to use your teeth in a pinch if there’s nothing else around, but using your teeth to open bottles or for other tasks can cause cracks and chips that will warrant a trip to your specialist. Veneers are relatively expensive and especially expensive to fix, so it’s important that you’re taking great care of them to help preserve them for the entirety of their life span. If well taken care of, veneers can last from anywhere between 15-25 years.
- You Need to Maintain Great Oral Hygiene
While great oral hygiene is important whether or not you’re pursuing a cosmetic treatment, you need to be extra careful with your veneers. It’s important to brush your veneers thoroughly at least twice per day, and incorporate flossing into this routine at least once. The last thing you want is leftover particles or bacteria getting trapped in your veneers, inviting tooth decay and other oral diseases.
The porcelain material your veneers are made out of are traditionally non-staining, but still need to be taken care of in order for them to stay that way. If you’re an avid coffee, tea, or soda drinker, you need to be extra careful about brushing to ensure you don’t acquire any dark stains. Brush at least twice per day with a whitening toothpaste of your choice in order to ensure they maintain their color, and ensure that you’re brushing for at least two minutes. Another aspect of a good oral hygiene routine is to make sure that one of these times falls before you go to sleep, as your saliva production decreases at night. Saliva helps to keep the mouth clean and free any leftover debris, and when that pauses at night, this leaves opportunities for buildup.
- Some of Your Enamel Will be Removed
In order to prep your teeth for the dental veneers to be bonded to your teeth, some of your existing enamel will have to be removed in order for it to properly attach. This process sounds a lot worse than it is – in reality, a very small amount of your enamel will be removed. The goal is to remove just enough to let the adhesive stick, so your veneers can bond properly to your teeth. The process is simple and takes only a short amount of time, and our team will ensure you’re comfortable the entire time.
- You Can Expect Your Veneers to Last For Up to 20 Years
Dental veneers are a big investment, but the payoff is huge. If your veneers are well taken care of, properly cleaned and brushed on a regular basis, and you’re careful not to do anything that may cause damage, they have the potential to live a long life. This means you get two decades with a perfect, white smile that you can confidently show off.
Remember that if something does happen to one or more of your veneers, try not to worry too much. We can easily help you by replacing the damaged veneer to renew your smile once again.