Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that are attached to the front surfaces of natural teeth and immediately transform your smile. They can improve your teeth aesthetically and physically and can correct dental issues such as worn out tooth enamel, discolored or misshapen teeth, broken teeth or uneven tooth alignment and spacing.
Besides the numerous cosmetic benefits veneers have, they also have protective qualities and reduce the need for more extensive treatments and procedures. They provide durability and only a little to none of your natural tooth structure is removed so if you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Albuquerque, make an appointment with Dr. Gallegos.
However, veneers are also permanent and as with anything else you need to carefully weigh out the pros and cons before you make your decision. In this article, we’ll share with you everything you need to know in order to make your choice easier.
In order to determine whether or not you’re a candidate for dental veneers, you need to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. Dr. Gallegos and his team will evaluate your oral and overall health and will explain to you everything about veneers.
Besides that, they will also give you all the available options depending on your individual case. It’s always recommended to choose the least invasive options that need minimal to no removal of tooth structure. This is why you should discuss this with your dentist so that you can both decide on the best option for you.
The procedure can be completed over the course of six weeks. You will need at least three visits which may require several hours of examination. The first step is the evaluation of your oral health by your dentist. This step is crucial because any existing issues must be addressed before the placement of veneers. Sometimes X-rays or impressions of your mouth and teeth need to be taken as well.
During this appointment, you will be able to discuss with them how you would like your smile to look and what you want to achieve. After your dentist decides if veneers are right for you, you will be able to select the tooth color from a special shade chart. Once the examination is completed, all if any issues are addressed and the customized plan is designed, the procedure of veneer placement begins.
The next step is preparing the tooth for a veneer. In order to place the veneer on your tooth, your dentist will need to remove a little from the enamel of the tooth surface. Usually, 1/1 millimeter needs to be removed but this amount is almost equal to the thickness of the veneer.
A local anesthetic may also be needed to numb the area surrounding the tooth which will be prepared. After that, a model of your tooth will be made and sent out to a dental laboratory where your veneer will be constructed. The time for construction usually takes between 2 and 4 weeks. Meanwhile, temporary dental veneers can be placed.
The last step of the procedure is bonding the veneer to your tooth. Before that, however, Dr. Gallegos will temporarily put it on your tooth to check if the color and shape are perfect. If not, he will adjust it by trimming the veneer until it achieves the right fit. Your tooth is also being prepared for the bonding by being cleaned and polished and after that, a special cement is applied on the veneer which glues it to your tooth.
When the veneer is properly positioned on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light that makes the cement harden very quickly. The final touch up step is removing any excess cement and checking if everything fits nicely and comfortably.
Veneers offer some serious advantages that can make you think about getting this procedure if you want to improve your smile. Some of these advantages are these:
Dental veneers have their potential downsides too. Before making any decision, have in mind the things that can be considered as cons for this procedure:
Dental veneers can be made from several different types of ceramic or porcelain. You can discuss the different options with your dentist to see what would be best for you. Generally, however, the biggest distinction between the different types of veneers is the difference between traditional and no-prep veneers. Traditional ones require the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your natural teeth.
The no-prep or minimal-prep ones are thinner and little to none of your enamel will be removed. They are more convenient because less of the natural tooth structure is removed. However, not everyone is a candidate for this type of restoration.
Sometimes, no-prep veneers can make your teeth look bulky or may not be able to fix things like gaps between your teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will advise you what type of veneers are the best for you and they will also discuss this with you so that you make the final choice together.
You don’t need to take special care of your veneers. Treating them just like your natural teeth will be enough. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day and that you use a good mouthwash and non-abrasive toothpaste. In the beginning, you might need to use products for sensitive teeth but after that, you can just use your regular ones. Avoid biting your nails, clenching or grinding your teeth, biting on hard objects and using your teeth to open or tear packages.
Make sure you go for your regular checkups and deep dental cleanings twice a year. Your dentist will also give you advice on how to maintain your beautiful new veneers so that you prolong their life as much as possible.
In conclusion, veneers can be a great option to improve your smile and fix some dental issues. It all depends on your individual case and personal preferences but if you’re looking for tooth restoration, make sure you consider veneers as an option.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out all the information and details about the procedure and listen to their advice. After all, the final decision will be yours but it’s always good to listen to the opinion of a professional who knows what would be best for you and who wants you to leave their office with a beautiful smile on your face.