One of the most common ways people improve their smiles is by getting veneers. It’s a word whose alternate definition is quite literally synonymous with façade, so it should come as no surprise that this is almost purely an aesthetic procedure. You may also have heard of dental veneers by way of the term dental porcelain laminates. These are incredibly thin, custom sheets that mimic the color of your actual teeth and thinly veil just the front surface of your teeth. These veneers are usually a brighter white than your actual teeth, and the contrast can make your teeth look a lot better than they normally do. The veneers also aren’t as cumbersome as they may sound because they are bonded to the fronts of your teeth.
In terms of the substances used to make veneers, they can be made from either resin or porcelain. Either way, the results are pretty much the same, though there are some minor differences between porcelain and resin veneers. For example, the former actually does do a better job of resisting stains in part because they are superior reflectors of light, and porcelain veneers tend to appear ever-so-slightly more natural. Ultimately, though, only your dentist can tell you what the best route for you is.
Reasons to Get Veneers
If your teeth are discolored, you’ll always live in the proverbial friend zone, which is incredibly counterproductive for a procreative mammal, but more importantly, veneers are quite possibly the best way to go. Your teeth could be discolored for any of a myriad of reasons. For example, it’s altogether possible that you’ve already had a root canal; after which, many people find themselves experiencing the life of dull teeth. There are also all kinds of drugs, both legal and illegal, that can have adverse effects on the hue of your teeth; tetracycline, for example, is one such drug that will impinge upon the tint of your enamel.
Now, there are also certain dental treatments or methods of improving the aesthetics of your dental situation even if you’re just one of the many people who’s found far too many gaps between your teeth. This may legitimately be something that you wish to change, but if your jaw is no longer growing, it no longer behooves you to use braces. In essence, veneers are likely to be far more effective for your jaw than braces, especially if the gaps are ubiquitous. Conversely, if your teeth are simply misaligned, there may be no simple solution aside from the use of veneers, and likewise, if your teeth are uneven, the best remedy may be veneers. Some people struggle with the experience of having irregularly shaped teeth in that their teeth are fraught with bulges in the enamel itself or craters of sorts. Veneers are likely the best solution.
Procedure for Installment
When you get dental veneers, it usually becomes a process that your dentist will spread out across three separate visits. When you first enter and bring it up (or perhaps the dentist offers), your visit amounts to a consultation, at least on the veneer front. This is when you and your dentist decide what the best course of action is. The subsequent visits are used to measure for and create the veneers themselves as well as to finally apply the veneers respectively.
In the event that your dentist is the one who recommends you get veneers, it is likely that your initial visit is when he or she makes an actual diagnosis that necessitates veneers in the first place, and he or she also probably plans your treatment at that time by scheduling your next appointments. In preparation for these procedures, your dentist is going to obviate approximately half a millimeter of enamel from the surface of your teeth because the veneer accounts for about this much space on each tooth in question. This is, perhaps, the most disconcerting part of the preparation process, but you won’t feel a thing, of course, because you’ll be properly anesthetized. The veneers are modeled and require anywhere from half a month to a month to be constructed. Thereafter, your dentist will see to the bonding of those veneers to your actual teeth, which is essentially the process of permanently cementing them to your teeth.