Many Americans are self-conscious about their teeth, with somewhere around 74% thinking that an unattractive smile will affect them professionally, according to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey. Because of this self-conscious nature, many have turned to dental implants and dental veneers for cosmetic reasons.
Both dental implants and dental veneers give the illusion of perfect and more flawless teeth.
Dental veneers are an ultra-thin shell of ceramic or a composite resin material which is bonded to the front of the teeth. The procedure requires very little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth.
Veneers are generally used to mask discoloration or to improve a smile.
But why veneers and not dental crowns?
Dental veneers are a good alternative in many situations, as they provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size, or shape. They can also make undesirable defects, such as stains or damage, virtually unnoticeable.
The are also ideal for masking discolored fillings in the front of teeth, and patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn also consider veneers.
They also last many years, and the technique has remarkable longevity when properly performed by a dentist.
What happens when you get dental veneers
If you’re getting veneers, there are generally three appointments needed for the entire process: diagnosis, treatment planning, then preparation and bonding.
To prepare the teeth for dental veneers, they are lightly buffed. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require anesthetic. After the tooth is prepared, at least for composite resin veneers, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts it to the teeth.
Ceramic can take a bit longer, as a mold has to be made and crafted to fit your teeth. This can take several days after the initial buffing, and you can be given a temporary veneer to make up for the wait time.
For about a week or two after the procedure, you will go through a period to adjust as you get used to your new teeth, particularly the changes in size and appearance. Make sure to brush and floss daily. Soon after this, your dentist will want to meet again to do a follow-up and check on the implants.
Dental implants are a great way to make your smile shine and look perfect, greatly improving confidence. If you have any questions about dental implants or dentistry in general, contact us. We’ll be more than happy to help.