Many people will agree that a smile is one of the essential parts of a good first impression. The first you meet someone, you will most likely notice if they have a bad smile or a good one. For these reasons, it’s worth investing in your smile. If your pearly whites are not as white as you would wish, Carthay veneers can help transform your smile. They are simple and one of the best ways to repair chipped, cracked, and stained teeth. Even so, understanding the whole process is essential before you commit.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells custom-made to fit your natural teeth’ size, shape, and color. They are attached to the front surface of teeth to correct different cosmetic concerns like broken, discolored, chipped, or smaller-than-average teeth. Veneers are often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth. One veneer can fix the problem in case of a broken or chipped tooth. But if you want to create an even, symmetrical smile, you can get up to eight veneers. Most people get veneers on their front eight teeth.
What to expect when getting veneers
Getting veneers is a multi-step procedure – you need two to three visits to your dentist. The process begins with an initial consultation, whereby your dentist evaluates your teeth and determines whether you are a good candidate. Veneers are generally safe, but good candidates must have healthy teeth and gums. If you have gum disease or need any fillings, your dentist will take care of these first. Next, your dentist prepares your teeth for veneers by shaving a thin layer of enamel off the front of your teeth. The dentist then takes an impression of your smile and creates a set of temporary veneers you will have on until the permanent ones are ready.
Having temporary veneers on allows you to decide whether you want to adjust their color or shape. It is typically a test drive for your new teeth. Once the final porcelain veneers have been sculpted, you will make another visit to your dentist for application. Your dentist will remove the temporary veneers, apply a bonding cement to your teeth, then install the permanent veneers.
Care after veneers
Expect your mouth and gums to be sore and uncomfortable after the procedure; this is usually short-lived and improves after a few days. Your teeth may also be sensitive because of the bonding cement; the discomfort is normal and subsides as your mouth heals. Treat your veneers like your natural teeth – practice oral hygiene, brushing twice daily and flossing regularly. You want to avoid chewing on anything that can chip your teeth. How you care for your teeth determines the longevity of your veneers. Veneers can last up to 20 years, after which you will need a new set due to the normal wear and tear on your teeth. If you chip or break one veneer, you can have it replaced individually.
If you are considering getting veneers, book an appointment with your dentist at Smile Perfector Dental Group.