Walking around with a smile you hate can have serious impacts on your life. As warmer weather and wedding season get closer, we want to make sure that you have a smile you’ll want to look back on for years to come! Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that give people the smile they’ve always dreamed about. However, before you commit to the procedure, there are a few things you should know about veneers.
1. They’re permanent
When you opt for veneers, you should know that the process is irreversible. Dr. Budhani will have to prepare your teeth, or shave down some of your enamel, to be able to affix the veneer to your tooth. Because of this preparation, your tooth will always need to be covered.
2. They can be used in place of braces in some cases
One of the beautiful things about veneers is their versatility. Veneers can change the shape, color, and size of your tooth, and in some cases, it can even change the spacing of your teeth. For mild gaps, veneers can make a great substitute for orthodontic work. Talk to your dentist about why you want veneers specifically. They will ensure that your needs are taken care of and that you get the right type of veneer.
3. There are different kinds of veneers
Not every type of veneer is going to work for every person. Veneers vary in strength and cost, and your dentist will be able to help you choose the appropriate material for you. For instance, porcelain veneers are really durable and don’t stain easily, but they’re more expensive than direct composite veneers. However, if you are trying to achieve a minor correction or can get by with a material that isn’t as strong as porcelain, direct composite veneers may be the right choice for you.
4. You don’t need veneers on all of your teeth
When you’re getting veneers, you don’t need to get them on all of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to match the color your veneer to the surrounding teeth, giving you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted without having to cover all of your teeth.
5. The dentist you choose matters
Properly placing veneers requires a combination of art and science and the dentist you choose really matters. You should always make sure that your dentist is experienced and has excellent clinical skills.
6. You might be sore after you get veneers
You shouldn’t ever feel pain during the procedure, but you may be a little sore afterward. Some people experience bonding sensitivity, and your gums will have to reform around the veneers. Over-the-counter pain relievers should be sufficient to ease the discomfort.
7. Veneers last a long time
Veneers are a long-lasting investment, but you will need to replace them eventually
After 10-15 years, they will need to be replaced. Some veneers are stronger than others and will last longer. However, taking good care of them will ensure that your veneers last as long as possible. Be sure to get your veneers looked at during your regular cleanings and exams to make sure that they are still in good shape.
8. Your veneers are custom-made, so you’ll have to wear a trial smile while they’re being made
Veneers don’t get made in one day. Your dentist will send your veneers to get custom-made in the lab, and while they are being made, you will have a trial set to wear. Once your veneers are finished, you will come in for another appointment wherein your dentist will permanently affix them to your teeth.
9. They’re an investment
Veneers are an investment. As a cosmetic procedure, insurance doesn’t usually cover veneers. Some people are surprised at the cost, but veneers will help give you your best smile. They are an investment in your self-confidence.
If you’re thinking about getting veneers, talk to your dentist! They’re a great cosmetic option to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Your dentist will be able to answer any other questions that you have during your consultation.
Are you ready for the best smile of your life? Call us today for your consultation!