Pearly white teeth not only make you feel good about yourself but give others a positive impression of you. On the other hand, stained or discolored teeth may affect your self-image and make you conscious each time you smile. Teeth may gradually change color due to medications like tetracycline, beverages like tea, coffee, red wine, and excessive chloride. Other problems like misshapen and cracked teeth can also be undesirable. Thanks to modern dentistry, your specialist at Sunshine Dental, Inc may help you transform your smile using dental prosthetics such as dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin coverings or shells that are custom-made to mimic your tooth’s natural appearance, including shape, size, and shade. They can be made from two different types of materials, including composite resin and porcelain. The choice of your type of veneers depends on several factors, including cost. Composite resin veneers may be a good option if you want to save money. Porcelain veneers are more expensive but are durable and give a more natural look.
Preparing for dental veneers
A consultation with your doctor should be the first step for anyone considering dental veneers. The entire process requires three different visits to the dentist. This is to ensure you are a good candidate for veneers and to understand what the process entails. While installing veneers is generally a safe process, not everyone may be a good candidate for these coverings. During a consultation, your dental specialist may advise against veneers for the following reasons.
- Your teeth are severely misaligned. Teeth misalignment may interfere with the process of placing veneers and result in undesirable results. Veneers also tend to wear out faster than usual in people with misaligned teeth.
- You have gum disease. Patients with periodontitis require treatment before getting veneers. Installing tooth coverings on patients with gum disease may worsen the existing condition.
- You have certain habits, such as biting nails and grinding teeth. Such practices may break or chip veneers.
What to expect during your second appointment
People who qualify as candidates for veneers visit their specialist for the second time for treatment planning. For porcelain veneers, your dentist will take x-ray images of your teeth and send them to the lab to aid the fabrication of permanent veneers. If your veneers are made out of composite resin, the specialist makes molds of your teeth. Next, the impressions are sent to the lab, where permanent veneers are made, which may take two weeks to a month. Usually, patients are given temporary veneers as they wait for permanent ones.
Things to consider before getting veneers
- Dental veneers can dislodge or fall off due to physical trauma.
- Once broken or chipped, veneers cannot be repaired.
- Veneers only give an impression of healthy teeth but do not address the underlying problems like discoloration.
- The process of installing veneers is irreversible once complete.
- If the shells stain, you will need to get new veneers. Synthetic material does not respond well to bleaching or whitening products.
Dental imperfections like discoloration and gaps between teeth should not take a toll on you. To know whether you are eligible for veneers, consult with your specialist at Sunshine Dental Inc. today.