There are a lot of different cosmetic dental treatments that can enhance the appearance of your smile. Veneers are one of the easiest and most versatile, making it also extremely popular. Veneers are shell-like covers that are placed over the outer faces of teeth to hide imperfections and create uniformity across the length of your smile.
If you want to address the cosmetic imperfections affecting your teeth and are considering veneers, there are a few important things that you should take into consideration. Here’s what you should know before getting veneers.
Veneers are extremely versatile in that they can be used to fix a lot of dental issues. These include:
Covering chips, cracks and other superficial damage
Closing small gaps between the teeth
Adding thickness or height to undersized teeth
Since they are custom in shape, size, and the shade of white needed to match your existing teeth, veneers are a very subtle and discreet methos for improving the appearance of your smile.
While veneers are very versatile and the procedure is minimally invasive, it doesn’t necessarily make them right for every patient. You’ll need to have a consultation with your cosmetic dentist in El Paso, TX to make sure that veneers will correct the issues that are concerning you, and that you are suitable for the procedure.
Veneers usually require a two-step process. During the first, your teeth will be prepared, and impressions of your teeth will be taken. These will be used to create your custom veneers. Around a week later you’ll be able to return to have your veneers fitted.
Although getting veneers is a minimally invasive procedure, part of the process will involve having your teeth fitted and veneers prepared. This involves filing down some of the natural tooth enamel under local anaesthetic. The reason for this is that reducing the natural enamel prevents the veneer from making the tooth look unnaturally thick. It also creates a good surface for the veneer to be adhered to.
Dental enamel doesn’t regenerate. This means that after your teeth have been prepared to accept veneers, you will always need to have them covered with veneers. Otherwise the thinner enamel will be exposed. This doesn’t only look unsightly but is also more prone to damage or decay. Veneers don’t last forever, and you can expect to need yours to be replaced every 10-15 years, or sooner if you don’t take proper care of your teeth.
Many people think that veneers are only supplied as a complete set to transform your entire smile. However, it is possible to just have single veneers, enabling you to deal with cosmetic dental issues affecting just one tooth.
Just like your natural teeth, veneers need proper care and attention to keep them in good condition and looking attractive. Repetitive or severe stress can cause them to chip or crack, so habits such as chewing ice or biting pens should be avoided. If you have bruxism (a condition characterized by the subconscious or unconscious grinding of the teeth) you may need to be fitted for a mouth guard before you can have dental veneers.
If you are thinking about getting veneers and would like more information, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your candidacy for this procedure, don’t hesitate to call our expert team at Picasso Smiles Dental Cosmetic & Implant Center by calling (915) 800-7704.