When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, many people are still confused with all the options available to them and how those options may benefit their oral health. Cosmetic dental procedures offer a unique treatment for people who want to dramatically improve the way their teeth look and feel.
One of the most common cosmetic treatments is veneers. The word itself can seem a little intimidating, but it’s a common treatment that can change your smile for the better. If you aren’t sure what veneers are, take a look at the FAQ below so you can learn more and make a decision if the treatment is right for you.
What Are Veneers?
Before anything else, you should fully understand what veneers are and how they work with your teeth. Simply put, veneers are thin layers of material—typically porcelain—that your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. Veneers are used solely for cosmetic improvements to your teeth. They can easily cover up imperfections and discoloration so you can feel more confident in the way your smile looks.
Why Choose Veneers?
So, why should you choose getting veneers over other treatments like crowns? Veneers offer a simpler option and are typically a more conservative approach overall, especially when you want to mask minor imperfections in your teeth that can’t be fixed with simple teeth whitening kits. This option can help you cover gaps, damage and discoloration in your teeth with ease.
How Does the Treatment Work?
If veneers sound like a good option to you, you might also be wondering how they’re bonded to your teeth and what the whole treatment looks like. Before you actually get veneers bonded to your teeth, you will likely attend a consultation appointment with your dentist to plan the intended result. During this phase in the process, don’t be afraid to speak up. You should be an essential part of your smile’s design. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more you understand about the process, the more comfortable you’ll feel during it.
Once you’re ready to get the veneers, during your next appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth by lightly buffing their surface. This may require some local anesthetic. Depending on the material you choose for your veneers, your dentist may take a mold of your teeth so that the perfect veneers can be crafted. This process can take several days before you get the final product. If you’re getting composite resin veneers, the dentist can mold and place them in the same day.
Is There a Recovery Period?
Since the process of getting veneers isn’t surgical in any way, you won’t have to go through any kind of intensive recovery period. Simply follow your normal dental hygiene routing of brushing and flossing every day. However, your dentist will likely want to see you a week or two after the procedure to make sure everything still looks good. You may also need some time to get used to the feel of your new smile.
Are Veneers Right for You?
You may wonder if veneers are the right choice for you. If you’re interested in getting veneers, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more. We will walk you through the entire process and answer any more questions you may have.