If you are worried about your appearance especially your face and your smile, veneers are the best options that provide you a charming appearance and beautiful smile. A dental veneer is a thin cover that attaches to the front surface of the teeth to provide you a beautiful smile and protect your tooth’s surface from damage and correct spacing, minor chips or breaks, crowding, and discoloration. A beautiful smile increases your self-confidence especially in posing for pictures, in a business meeting and for going on dates.
There are different types of veneers but two main types are composite veneer and porcelain veneer. Generally, a porcelain veneer is more expensive than composite veneer because they look more natural and last for a longer time. A porcelain veneer can reflect the light the same as natural tooth enamel.
Who is the right candidate for dental veneers?
You can benefit from getting dental veneers if you have the following conditions:
- You have an uneven smile or misaligned teeth and your teeth are extremely crooked.
- You want to enhance your appearance and correct discoloration, chips, and gaps between your teeth as well as cover imperfections of your teeth
- You don’t grind or clench your teeth because any pressure from clenching or grinding can crack or chip your veneers.
- You have healthy gums and teeth because veneers are not the right option for untreated gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay.
Veneer placement procedure
The veneer procedure usually takes three appointments. The first visit is a consultation appointment, your doctor gives you all the information about the veneer and also show you a mockup or computer simulation of what you look like with veneers of different colors and sizes.
The second appointment is a preparation visit that includes taking off half a millimeter of enamel from the teeth for getting veneer and taking a mold of your mouth and send it to a dental lab to make your custom made the veneer. In this session, your dentist places a temporary veneer on your teeth until your custom made veneer be prepared.
At the final appointment, your dentist gives you local anesthesia and then carefully place the veneer on your teeth with bonding cement and then tight it by a special light. Finally, your dentist will evaluate your bite and perform any final adjustments.
Pros and Cons of veneers
Veneers look like natural teeth and can be matched and tinted exactly to the surrounding teeth while they are highly resistant to tea, coffee, and other food stains. Dental veneer rebuilds your smile and increases your self-esteem with a charming appearance.
On the other hand, veneers are expensive, they are not repairable if they chip or crack, your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages after the veneer because of removing enamel and they may dislodge and fall off.
A veneer procedure is a safe and convenient surgery that takes just one hour or less. According to many dentists and health experts, veneers can improve oral health. You need to remove all dental problems such as tooth cavity before the veneer procedure.
So are veneers worth it?
The answer to this question is completely dependent on yourself but if you have a glance at remarkable benefits and characteristic of the veneers you can answer this question easier. These benefits include cosmetic benefits, long-lasting solution, strength and durability, quick and simple procedure, no recovery time, stain-resistant, natural-looking results, it can come with other treatments and finally increase your self-confidence.
General speaking, a dental veneer is an expensive procedure and its cost depends on many factors including the fees of your cosmetic dentist, the location where your treatment is performed, the material which is used and the number of teeth being treated. Since dental veneer is a cosmetic procedure, usually insurance companies don’t cover the expense and you should pay for yourself.
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