Almost every celebrity on TV has a perfect smile. How did they all have that? Many people get tempted to think that they were born that way, but that is not true for all. Like some of us, some of these celebs were born with their flaws, but they chose to get their shiny white teeth from veneers in London.
You may feel like jumping right in front of the dentist now, asking him to get you your own set of white teeth from veneers. Sadly, veneers are not for everyone. That is why we have chosen to share with you the pros and cons of using veneers. We hope you will weigh all your options and decide if veneers are truly the best choice for you.
Dental veneers: what are they?
Dental veneers are small porcelain sheets customised to fit the shape and size of your teeth. The primary aim of using it is to improve the appearance of the teeth. Apart from porcelain, they can also be made from composite or resin materials.
Nevertheless, the aim of using veneers is to give your tooth a better colour, shape, and size. Dentists mostly use them on:
- Teeth with irregular shapes
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Discoloured teeth caused by fillings, root canals, and other dental procedures
- Teeth with spaces in between
- Other dental flaws that cost you your self-confidence
Veneers can be replaced. However, they will last you for about seven to fifteen years before there is a need for replacement. The cost of veneers varies, and they are not covered by dental insurance since it is considered a cosmetic procedure.
Types of veneers
The following are the available types of veneers, and if your dentist says veneers are okay for you, you will choose from any of these:
- Porcelain veneers: these veneers give off the best look; they are also the most expensive. They are usually customised to fit the colour and size of your teeth. With cement and ultraviolet light, these veneers will stay on your teeth for the longest possible time.
- Composite veneers: they look very close to the porcelain veneers, but they are made from the same material used in making fillings for cavities. They are mostly used for dressing gaps between teeth and chips on the tooth. The materials used in making them are cheaper than porcelain, but it is not as durable as it.
- Instant veneers: this option is faster than the first two. These are premade solutions for chipped or broken teeth. Since they are not customised for your teeth, they may not fit too well with your natural teeth.
- Removable veneers: this is the newest development, and it is a hybrid between the instant and porcelain veneers. They are customised to fit your teeth and can be removed when there is a need. This is the cheapest veneer available, but it is not a long-lasting solution for missing or broken tooth and their underlying problems.
The pros of veneers
The greatest and most significant benefit from veneers is the increase in self-confidence that is achieved with a flawless smile. The perfectly moulded veneers fit so well with your natural teeth, leaving no room for people to tell the difference.
These veneers are bonded to your tooth in their exact form, and in most cases; there is no need for extra shaping or drilling. There is also no special maintenance for it; you just brush and floss like they were your natural teeth.
People also use veneers to have a brighter smile; however, you can choose other shade, especially those that are near natural so that the change does not become dramatic.
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The cons of veneers
Yes, the pros can get a person dreaming about veneers immediately. But wait! There is more. Consider these cons before jumping on the chair.
The colours of veneers do not change immediately after they are applied. Though the rest of your teeth will undergo the natural changes, veneers will not, and this can make your smile look awkward after a while. However, by keeping up with the routine dental check-ups with your dentist, you should be able to manage a consistent smile for as long as the veneers are on.
Since porcelains are very delicate, the veneers can crack or chip faster than fillings or dental crowns. Hence, the people using them do not have to grind their teeth, chew on ice or bite their nails. With these bad habits dealt with, you should be able to look good for long.
Also, it is possible for the tooth beneath the veneers to decay, thereby leading to the root canal in the long run. We strongly advise against the use of veneers if you have a history of gum disease, weakened enamel, or other dental issues. If you can relate to this, let your dentist recommend different options for fixing your broken or damaged teeth.
The process of getting veneers
If veneers remain your object of choice after learning about the pros and cons, you can get the process done at your dentist’s office. At first, the dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and make impressions of them for your veneers.
Within two to four weeks after your first appointment, your veneers will be ready. But during the appointment, you will be given temporary veneers if there is need until the permanent ones are ready.
For the veneers to be applied, your dentist will scrape off one millimetre of your enamel. It is so small compared to the amount that goes for a crown or filling. He will also clean, polish, and etch your teeth so that the adhesive stays appropriately.
The dentist will cover your tooth with the veneer and add the cement. With a special LED light, he will cure the cement quickly and create a bond. After that, he will make the remaining adjustments if needed.
Many dentists will ask you to come for a follow-up appointment after your veneers have been placed so that you can check how well they are settling in your mouth. There he will decide whether or not there is a need for additional adjustments.
Dental veneers: getting started
The first line of action when planning for veneers is visiting a licensed dentist. This dentist will examine your teeth and tell you whether veneers are suitable for you.