Studies show that a person’s smile can directly affect how much confidence they feel and show in interactions with others. Do you have a confident smile, or do you find yourself hiding your smile from others? If it’s the latter, dental veneers may be the answer for you! Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded permanently to your teeth, and they are how many Hollywood celebrities get those amazing smiles. Here are ways you can transform your smile with dental veneers in 2020!
Dental Veneers: What Are They?
Ever wonder how others get those perfect teeth that seem to be about the same size, shape and whiteness? How is it possible? It’s likely that a person has dental veneers bonded to the front of their teeth. Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry, meaning they are used to enhance your overall appearance rather than to correct problems such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Veneers work to change the outside appearance of the teeth. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 97% of dental veneer recipients received their treatment to enhance appearance. Whereas crowns will cover an entire tooth, a dental veneer is simply a shell (usually made out of porcelain). Made from tooth-colored materials, veneers cover the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance in several ways, including its color, shape, size, and length.They can clear up physical dental issues such as:
- Tooth discoloration from root canal treatments, stains from tetracycline or other medications, the presence of large resin fillings, or excessive fluoride.
- Worn down teeth.
- Chipped or broken teeth.
- Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth.
- Visible craters or bulges in your teeth.
- Teeth with gaps between them.
The Bonding Process
Getting dental veneers will take 2 different appointments, so keep that in mind if you’re wanting to have your 2020 smile by a specific date. In your first meeting with Dr. Niles, we prepare your teeth to receive dental veneers. We will do a dental examination of your teeth to ensure that all dental issues with tooth decay and gum disease are taken care of. We then take impressions of your teeth so that we can have a life-size measurement of each individual tooth.
That impression is what is sent to a lab along with digital images of your teeth so that custom tooth shells can be made. No two patients are alike, so it’s critical to make sure our dental veneers are custom made for each individual patient. In that first appointment, we will discuss your vision for your smile and show you exactly how your smile will look once veneers are bonded to your teeth.
This preparation visit is also the time when we will remove a very small layer of tooth enamel from the front of all the teeth at the forefront of your smile. The layers taken off of your teeth will be very thin, but must be removed so that the permanent teeth with veneers don’t stick out abnormally.
The teeth are given temporary shell coverings until your permanent veneers arrive at the office in 2-3 weeks. We will then meet with you and bond the permanent veneers to the teeth with cement bonding. We have a special dental light to harden and seal your veneers so that you can get back to your normal routine (including eating and drinking) as soon as you leave our office). In just those two visits, you can get the smile of your dreams!
How Do You Benefit?
Do you have misshapen teeth? Crooked teeth that were never fixed with orthodontic treatment? Gaps? Discoloration? All of these issues can be fixed through dental veneers. Because that top layer of tooth enamel is taken off, those imperfections are taken away. Dental veneers are then placed in a way on your teeth that they look straight, white, and perfect, while still allowing you normal brushing and flossing.
Remember what we said about confidence? Your smile can literally determine how confident you look and feel, especially when others view you. In studies done by Invisalign, whiter teeth made a person seem more attractive, more successful and even more trustworthy than those with crooked or stained teeth. Those with better smiles even have a better chance at landing jobs than those who don’t, so your oral health and appearance really make a difference when it comes to your success! That is why dental veneers have become so popular in recent years.
If you also find yourself using teeth whitening treatments often–which can start becoming expensive–you will love how dental veneers stay white for years. The structural integrity of dental veneers also should last you up to 20 years when you follow proper oral hygiene habits. Want to change your smile in 2020? You can by having your dental veneer consultation. Simply call Niles Family Dentistry at (720) 744-0001!