Fixing Multiple Dental Imperfections Using Veneers
Facial features such as teeth are some of the most outstanding and noticeable organs in your body. Your teeth may give people a particular impression about you, bad or good. Well-kept and healthy teeth not only make you feel good but improve your self-confidence around your workmates or friends. However, dental problems such as tooth discoloration may make you self-conscious and less active in social places. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, Keith Bram DDS may recommend dental procedures to fix your problem and improve your look and feel about yourself. Some of these procedures under cosmetic dentistry include teeth whitening, veneers, braces, crowns, and bonding.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells used to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your dental outlook. When the dentist fabricates the tooth coverings, he may use two different materials: porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are more potent, have a natural look, and do not stain easily. However, some people may opt for composite veneers as they are less expensive compared to porcelain veneers. Both porcelain and composite veneers are custom-made to fit the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. Your dental specialist may recommend dental veneers to fix several imperfections, such as:
- Tooth discoloration may result from excessive fluoride, root canal treatment, and stains from tetracycline and other medications.
- Worn out teeth.
- Irregularly shaped teeth.
- Chipped or broken teeth.
- Spaces or gaps between teeth.
How do you prepare for dental veneers?
The process of getting dental veneers typically requires three visits to your specialist – initial consultation, two to fabricate the shape and color, and fix the shells. During a consultation, your doctor will physically examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for dental veneers. Your specialist may advise against dental veneers for different reasons. For example:
- Patients with insufficient enamel on the teeth may not be suitable for veneers as the process requires removing small amounts of enamel.
- Severe teeth misalignment may affect the placement and durability of the veneers.
- Patients who are grind and clench their teeth may compromise the effectiveness of the treatment.
Here is when you ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding the process of getting tooth coverings. Discuss with your dental specialist your expected outcomes to help manage any unrealistic expectations. Your specialist may also discuss with you the downside of having dental veneers, for example:
- You cannot reverse the process after treatment is complete.
- Porcelain veneers can chip or crack upon forceful impact.
- Your teeth may become more sensitive to stimuli as a small amount of enamel is removed during the placement of veneers.
- There might be a slight color mismatch between veneers and natural teeth.
- Chewing on tough objects such as pens and nails may dislodge the veneers.
If you pass as a good candidate for veneers, you require a second visit for your specialist to make impressions of your teeth that facilitate the process of fabricating your veneers. Permanent veneers may take several weeks before they are ready. As you await treatment, your dentist may send you home with temporary veneers.
Do not let bad teeth affect your self-image. Visit your specialist at Pro Dental Care for treatment to improve your dental outlook.