When it comes to smile correction we have a wide variety of options and choices. For many people having a pristine smile is important. Crooked teeth, discoloration, and other issues cause people great anxiety. However, cosmetic dentists with experience can alleviate these issues with a variety of treatments. Today we are going to take a closer look at one of those treatments and how it can help you feel more confident in your smile.
Dental veneers are a popular method for correcting and fixing imperfections in a smile. They may used for a variety of reasons. For example, veneers may be used to cover a damaged or misshapen tooth, or a veneer could cover a discolored tooth that want be affected by whitening methods. Of course if you’ve never heard of dental veneers you may be a little bit apprehensive about the process. That’s understandable, but it’s not as bad as you might think.
To alleviate some concerns, we’ve prepared a handy guide on the use of teeth veneers for cosmetic smile restoration. To learn even more, consult with family dentists you can trust.
Without further ado, here are the facts:
What are they?
A veneer is an extremely thin layer of material placed over a tooth to improve how it looks or protect the surface from damage. They are typically made of either a composite material or a dental porcelain. A composite veneer will usually be built-in the mouth whereas porcelain veneers are fabricated first and then placed. In severe cases a veneer may be placed over all teeth, especially when being used for protection purposes. However, they are most commonly used to cover aesthetic issues on a tooth by tooth basis.
Who Should Get a Veneer?
- Individuals with discoloration due to injury or procedures such as root canal
- People with slight gaps in teeth, veneers can be used to cover these gaps
- Heavy smokers for whom whitening will not work
- Individuals with chipped, broken, or worn teeth
- Individuals with irregular, misshapen, or slightly misaligned teeth
Any of these issues can be treated with a veneer. It’s up to you to consult with your cosmetic dentist to determine if veneers are the best course of action.
Cosmetic dentistry for smile correction has been around for well over 100 years now. As long as appearance has been important, dentists have been trying to improve smiles. Perhaps unsurprisingly, veneers were developed in California by a dentist who was tasked with changing the appearance of actors’ teeth. The dentist, Charles Pincus, successful developed the first teeth veneers in 1928. The first examples were not the same permanent examples we see today however. It took him until 1937 to develop acrylic veneers that could be attached with dentures adhesive, though they were still only temporary. Following up on his efforts, Dr. Michael Buonocore investigated the possibility of bonding porcelain veneers to etched tooth enamel. Finally in 1982, further research industry showed hydrofluoric acid could be used to create bonds strong enough for permanent affixing of veneers. The bonding agents of today can last as long as 30 years, and this has made veneers a widely used and practical solution for many.
Fortunately for patients, the dental veneer procedure can usually be handled in just two visits to the dentist’s office. The process can be done on one or many teeth at the same time. The first appointment will generally consist of tooth preparation, where a tiny bit of enamel is removed from each tooth getting a veneer. This is the space where each veneer will sit and be attached to the tooth. Impressions of each tooth will then be made so that the veneer can be fabricated. The process may take one or two weeks, and the patient will usually be outfitted with temporary veneers in the meantime.
Once the fabricated veneers are received, the process of cementing them permanently to the teeth can begin. The dentist will generally make adjustments like trimming on the fly, making sure that each veneer fits perfectly. It’s also important that the teeth are extremely clean prior to bonding, and it helps with stronger adhesion. Additionally, the teeth will be etched and polished in an effort to ensure bonding is as strong as possible. Finally, the veneers are applied and the process is complete. Typically there will be a follow-up visit to make sure there are no adverse reactions in the gums and that the veneers are comfortable for the patient.
Veneers are an extremely popular cosmetic treatment because they work well and don’t require surgery. The results are consistent every time and have a natural look that patients love. Veneers may be the solution you need if you’ve been considering cosmetic procedures.