Have you ever been watching a reality TV show and wondered how every person has perfect teeth? Not only are they perfectly straight, but each one is a perfect shape and color.
Do they all just happen to be genetically blessed? Or is there another secret to their perfect pearly whites?
Naturally beautiful teeth do exist. However, many celebrities opt for porcelain veneers to get that show-stopping smile they sport on T.V.
Porcelain veneers are not just for celebs. It’s a form of cosmetic dentistry that is available for everyone. Cosmetic dentistry in Utah is very popular, and you might find yourself among the many who consider porcelain veneers. To help you decide if this form of cosmetic dentistry is for you, here are seven facts about porcelain veneers.
1. What are They Made of?
Dental porcelain veneers are made of…you guessed it…porcelain! The veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that adheres to the tooth’s surface. Their size, color and shape are custom made for your specific smile.
One of the greatest benefits of veneers is their beautiful appearance. However, people get veneers for other reasons as well including to restore a tooth. In some cases, a veneer can be used instead of a crown. A veneer can be less invasive and more natural looking.
2. Who Might Be a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Have you been thinking about getting veneers but aren’t quite sure if they’ll work on your teeth? While veneers can work for a wide variety of people, not everyone is a perfect candidate for veneers. In a general sense, anyone looking to enhance the appearance of their teeth and have healthy gums and bone structure may be a good candidate for veneers.
Veneers are a great option for resolving the following dental issues:
- Chipped teeth
- Tooth stains
- Former restorations and fillings
- Uneven smile
- Spacing issues
3. Situations in Which Veneers Might Not Work
There are certain situations in which veneers will not work. You may need to solve other dental problems before you’re able to get veneers. Dental veneers may not work if:
- Your teeth are worn down from teeth grinding
- You have large gaps in between your teeth
- Your teeth are too crowded
- Your jaw is too small
- Your teeth are misaligned
In the above cases, some orthodontic work might need to be done before veneers can be adhered to the teeth.
4. What Does the Process Entail?
Once your dentist decides you’re a good candidate for veneers, it’s time to start the process. First, make an appointment with your family dentist in Weber County. Your veneers will be complete after about two dental visits.
At your first veneer visit, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth.
Next, the dentist will do impressions of your teeth to create a mold, which your veneers will be made from.
Then, a temporary and fitted restoration is placed on your teeth. This is the ideal time to test out how they feel and look. Make sure the shape and color are just right before the permanent veneers are placed.
On the second visit, the temporary restoration is typically removed. Some bonding glue will be applied to your teeth, and the permanent veneers will be placed. Your dentist may use a local anesthetic if appropriate.
5. Recovery and Aftermath
Good news, the recovery after getting dental veneers is typically very easy and painless. Your teeth may have a sensitivity to temperature right after the procedure, but that should go away within a few days. You might also experience some level of soreness, but usually the pain is mild. Most people don’t report any negative symptoms post veneer procedure at all. You will, however, have a bright and beaming new smile!
Upon completion of your veneer procedure, carry on with normal dental care such as brushing and flossing regularly and professional cleanings twice a year. The better dental hygiene you have, the longer your veneers will last.
6. How Long Do Veneers Last?
Unfortunately, porcelain veneers don’t last forever. Although they are permanent and not removable, they usually last between 10-15 years if they are properly cared for. Some can last up to 20 years.
7. What Do They Cost?
Porcelain veneers are an investment. An investment in yourself. In your confidence.
When you consider how long they last and how good the outcome is, the investment becomes worth it. Contact our West Haven or Layton dentist office for an exact quote. Porcelain veneers are usually considered cosmetic by dental insurance companies and may not be covered by insurance plans.
Porcelain veneers are a great way to perfect your teeth, brighten your smile and elevate your self-confidence. Schedule an appointment with us to see if you’re a good candidate for veneers.