Having a chipped or discolored tooth can be a big blow to your self-confidence. After all, nothing gives us confidence like a straight, pearly white smile.
But before you get too discouraged, your dentist may have a solution for you.
Veneers can help fix chipped, discolored, or imperfect teeth. Today, your McAllen dentist will tell you what you need to know about getting veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin sheets of material that dentists can shape to go over your teeth. Dentists can shape and color the veneers to best fit the mouth of the patient.
When looking at veneers, there are 4 common types of materials that are used:
- Porcelain— This is the strongest and longest-lasting option for veneer materials. Because porcelain looks very natural, it can greatly improve the appearance of your smile.
- Composite— Composite veneers are made of a mix of organic and inorganic materials. This veneer is strong and less expensive than porcelain, but won’t be as durable.
- Lumineers— These veneers are made of a very thin porcelain laminate material. They are often a good option for discolored or misshapen teeth because they look and feel natural.
- Removable— Also known as snap-on veneers, removable veneers are cheap cosmetic teeth that offer a temporary solution. This type of veneer should not be used daily or as a long-term dental solution.
Before moving forward with a veneer choice, your dentist may choose to do a thorough exam to determine the best fit for you. If you have questions regarding any of the veneer material used, consult your dentist.
When Are Dental Veneers Used?
Dental veneers are used to improve the appearance of stained and discolored teeth.
Veneers also offer a quick, effective, and painless solution to chipped, misaligned, or worn down teeth. You may also use veneers to fix small gaps in between your teeth.
If you feel that you would be a good fit for veneers, reach out to your dentist to go over your options.
The Process of Fitting Veneers
Before beginning the fitting process for veneers, your dentist may need to determine if you are a good fit. After that has been decided, your dentist can go forward with the following steps:
- An impression of your teeth will be made and sent to a laboratory.
- Before placing the veneer, a small amount of enamel will be removed from your tooth to create a smooth appearance.
- The veneer will be placed and is checked to see if it’s the right shape and color.
- After the patient approves the appearance of the veneer, your dentist will bond it to the tooth.
During this process, the veneer may need to be removed, shaped, and trimmed to ensure a perfect fit. After the veneer has been successfully placed, a follow-up may be requested by your dentist to check the placement and comfort.
How Long Do They Last?
If placed properly, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years; how you care for them can determine how long they will last. Dental veneers are not indestructible, so your dentist may set guidelines on what you can eat or drink. Speak to your dentist if you have any questions regarding care.
Veneers can be a great way to boost your confidence and get your smile back. Because of the different options that are available, you and your dentist can find the best fit for your smile.
Take the first step in getting your smile back by scheduling a consultation with your McAllen dentist at WhiteWing Dental.