Two thirds of men and women believe they are more likely to be judged on their appearance when applying for a job or starting up a relationship. They are shelling out hundreds and even thousands for high-grade products and treatments to improve their looks and stay young and attractive as long as possible. A dazzling smile is an integral part of this makeover. Let’s talk about one of the most popular methods of teeth restoration in modern cosmetic dentistry –veneers.
Features and benefits
They are wafer-thin, custom-made shells moulded to cover the front surface of teeth and change their colour, shape, size or length. They are usually made from stain-resistant porcelain, a material that possesses the reflecting properties of natural teeth. Though veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create beautifully aligned, shapely, pearly whites, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth from cavities and plaque minimising the necessity of more extensive treatments. They are routinely used to fix discoloured, chipped, broken, irregularly shaped, misaligned or uneven teeth and to close gaps between them. More importantly, they require little or no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns, improve your smile for a longer period of time and need no special care. The dentist will recommend that you should follow good oral hygiene practices including brushing and flossing and possibly avoid stain-causing foods like coffee, tea and red wine.
A snapshot view on the veneering process
Having your teeth restored with veneers usually requires three visits to the dentist: one for a consultation and two to make and apply them. It can be a single-tooth veneer or they can be custom moulded to restore several teeth. Specialists in advanced cosmetic dentistry will talk you through the process and help choose the most suitable solution. All you need to do is explain to your dentist the result you would like to achieve. They will possibly take X-rays to ensure dental veneers are appropriate for you and start preparing your tooth for the veneering process. About ½ millimetre of enamel will be removed from the tooth surface, usually using a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Then the dentist will make impressions and send them to a cosmetic dentistry laboratory where veneers will be made in 1-2 weeks. Once they are ready, your tooth will be prepared for permanently cementing veneers to it; it will be cleaned, polished and etched while the fit and colour of veneers will be adjusted. You might be asked to show up in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to veneers.
Do you know that your smile can do a lot? When it looks good, you smile more often, which can make you friendlier. No matter what causes your unattractive smile, dental veneers can solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental problems including accidentally chipped and broken, genetically misaligned and misshaped, dulled and discoloured teeth affected by lifestyle choices or age. They offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to highly invasive methods of cosmetic dentistry and improve your health simultaneously. All in the name of progress!