Smiling can help boost your mood and help you feel more confident. However, if your smile isn’t where you want it to be, you might not feel confident smiling. Veneers can help you get the smile of your dreams, while still maintaining as much of the original tooth as possible.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a thin pieces of porcelain laid over the tooth to correct any cosmetic issues, such as discoloration, tooth shape and size, damage to the tooth, or even gaps in between the teeth. This cosmetic procedure can help patients achieve their desired smile and restore lost confidence.
While the exact veneers process will depend on the needs of each patient, generally patients go through a consultation with their dentist to determine their exact needs. This can depend on patients’ goals for their smiles and their desired aesthetic. The dentist will then examine the teeth and decide how much work is needed. Next, the dentist will prep the tooth and take an impression of the tooth that is sent a dental laboratory. Over the course of a few weeks, the dental laboratory will manufacture custom veneers for the patient. The patient can wear temporary veneers during the manufacturing step in the veneers process. Finally, the dentist bonds the veneers permanently to the actual tooth.
Veneers Vs. Other Dental Procedures
Many people wonder what are the advantages of veneers versus other dental procedures. Two particular areas of concern are veneers vs. crowns and veneers vs. braces. While patients should make decisions for their treatment based on the advice of their dentist, veneers have some advantages. In the case of veneers vs. crowns, veneers are often a less invasive process because they require less preparation than crowns. In the case of veneers vs. braces, many patients prefer veneers because treatment can be completed in a much shorter time.
What to Know Before Choosing Veneers
A question that many patients have when considering veneers is “Do veneers ruin your teeth?” In most cases, the dentist will need to prepare the tooth before placing a veneer on it. This can include shaping the tooth or slightly changing the texture of the tooth so that the veneer can properly bond to the tooth. However, veneers are designed to be durable, and many sets can last up to 10 to 15 years if properly cared for.
Potential patients might wonder, “Do veneers ruin your teeth?” In reality, veneers can help you get the smile of your dreams and the confidence that you need. If you think that veneers may be the right option for you, schedule your free consultation today.