There are many reasons why you might choose to get veneers. They can help cover crooked teeth, improve the appearance of an overbite, hide stains on your teeth, and much more. Whatever your reason is, veneers will help you to achieve the beautiful smile you’ve dreamed of. Improving your smile can be a great way to boost your self-esteem and confidence.
If you maintain your oral hygiene, you may be a good candidate for veneers. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth regularly. Schedule and attend routine appointments with your dentist for cleanings, as well. A good candidate must also have a sufficient amount of tooth enamel. Besides this, all you need is a desire to correct your teeth. With all this, veneers might be the next step for you.
What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are made of very thin pieces of dental ceramics or photopolymer that match the look and colour of your teeth. Dentists fully customise this porcelain to fit your mouth so they look as natural as possible. Since everything is customised for you, each tooth costs somewhere between £450 – £1000 per tooth.
There is typically a 3-step process to getting your veneers. First, you will do a consultation with your dentist. Then you will come in for moulds to be made of your teeth. Lastly, you will come to your dentist’s office for the application procedure.
Before applying the veneer, your dentist will numb your mouth, clean, polish, and etch your teeth. Etching is the process of removing some of your tooth’s enamel. This may sound scary, but it is done so the veneer will adhere better.
If veneers come off or fall out of place, they will need to be replaced because enamel was removed from your tooth. They adhere with a special cement which is hardened by a special light. Once your dentist has applied all of your veneers, your dentist will remove excess cement and check your bite. Depending on how this goes, they may ask you to come back in a few weeks to check your gums and the placement of the veneers.
How Long Do They Last?
Veneers last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. It may seem like a costly procedure, but it’s worth it if they last that long. This may make veneers a better solution to fixing dental concerns than some orthodontic procedures.
For example, you can get braces to correct the misalignment of your teeth, which is a lengthy process. Usually, once you finish your time with braces, you still have to wear a removable retainer, or you will have permanent ones adhered to the backs of your teeth. These kinds of procedures can be expensive. If you don’t keep up with wearing your retainer regularly, your teeth could shift out of place and you might end up needing even more work done.
Now, if your teeth are severely misaligned, your dentist may advise that orthodontic procedures are the best option for you. However, if they are only slightly crooked, then veneers might be the better choice. In the long run, it will save you time and money to get veneers to correct your smile.
How to Care for Your Dental Veneers
The best way to make your dental veneers last is to take good care of them.
Create a routine. Brush twice a day and floss to maintain top-tier oral hygiene. A softer toothbrush will be less abrasive on your veneers and your gums. It would also help if you asked your dentist which toothpaste they recommend.
Use an antiseptic mouthwash to kill any bacteria in your mouth. If you develop something like gum disease that causes your gums to recede, they could start to expose the veneer, which would impact the appearance of your smile.
Make sure you have regular check-ups with your dentist every six months. Maintaining these regular cleanings will also allow them to keep an eye on the status of your veneers so they can correct any issues as they come up.
Avoid chewing on objects at all costs. Chewing on things like ice, your nails, or pens and pencils can cause your veneers to crack. Remember that they are fragile ceramic, not your actual teeth. Unfortunately, that means that veneers will also stain easily, so try to stay away from coffee, tea, and wine.
Avoid grinding and clenching your teeth. If you are not sure if you grind or clench your teeth, remember that your front teeth should not touch when sitting upright. If you don’t notice yourself doing that but are still unsure if you do when you sleep, your dentist will be able to look at your teeth and tell you if you do or not. If you grind your teeth at night, you can look into getting a mouth guard to sleep in to protect your veneers from damage.
Are Dental Veneers Right for You?
If dental veneers sound like the solution you have been looking for, then schedule a free consultation.
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