If you’re looking for a relatively quick and cost-effective way to improve your smile, you might want to consider dental veneers as an option. This cosmetic dental procedure has helped countless people regain their self-confidence. Ready to learn more? Following are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. We hope this information will help you appreciate the affordability and smile-improving qualities of this dental procedure.
So…what are dental veneers? Used to treat many types of smile imperfections such as crooked teeth, chipped teeth, and stained teeth, they are a thin covering – tooth colored to match your existing teeth or your professionally whitened teeth – that are permanently bonded over the tooth being restored.
What are the different types of veneers? Most are made of porcelain, but there are other brand-name types such as Lumineers and Vivaneers, which require less preparation to a patient’s tooth than porcelain. Every patient will have different expectations from their smile makeover, and differing budget concerns, so the best way to determine which type is best for you is to make an appointment with your dental professional for a consultation and treatment plan.
How much do veneers cost? Every patient’s experience will vary depending on the number of teeth covered and the type of material being used. As suggested above, it’s recommended that anyone interested in this form of cosmetic dentistry contact their dentist to make an appointment for a consultation, treatment plan, and budget estimation.
What are the benefits of dental veneers? As mentioned, they are used to cover broken or chipped teeth with a tooth-colored shell that restores the tooth’s natural appearance. They are also used in this form to correct discoloration of teeth, fill gaps in between teeth, increase the size of teeth that appear too small, and soften teeth that appear too sharp.
How are veneers put on teeth? Again, the answer to this question depends on the type of veneer your dentist uses. But it should be pointed out that they can only be placed over teeth that are considered healthy and free from decay. For this reason, most dental offices will take an x-ray to establish a baseline of your dental health before moving to the cosmetic procedure.
One of the major advantages of the procedure is that the recovery period is almost immediate. Depending on the material being used, you’ll be given general guidelines such as not chewing on hard objects like ice and candy, wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth or play sports, and not opening packages with your mouth, to name a few.