The process of getting veneers can be gratifying for both patient and dentist. Veneers can transform smiles, boost an individual’s self-confidence and ultimately change their life for the better.
Getting dental veneers usually requires two or three trips to the dentist to complete. We do not rush the process as we want to ensure the patient is thrilled with their new investment in their smile.
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are cemented over top of your natural teeth for cosmetic purposes. They transform a smile by improving the size, shape, length and colour of the teeth. Veneers can be applied to teeth that are discolored, chipped or misshapen. They can even correct minor gaps or misalignments.
Veneers mainly serve a cosmetic purpose, but in the case that your teeth have been weakened by grinding, medication or lifestyle, your dentist may suggest you get dental veneers to protect your teeth from further deterioration.
So, what is the process of getting veneers? Keep reading to find out!
The Importance of Your Initial Consult in The Process of Getting Veneers
First, book a consultation to speak with your dentist about whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental veneers. It is important to communicate to the dentist what you are trying to achieve. Your dentist may take x-rays and/or molds of the teeth at this appointment.
Your dentist may not recommend veneers if you tend to grind your teeth, bite your nails, or if your bit is not optimal to support the veneers long term. They also may not be recommended if you have extensive decay or breakage of the natural tooth, as well as a history of other dental problems such as gum disease. On the other hand, if your dentist believes you are an exceptional candidate for veneers, the next step is to book your first appointment!
Dental Veneer Appointments and the Process of Getting Veneers
At your first appointment, preliminary X-rays and molds may be taken on the teeth that will be getting veneers. Then, a veneer colour and shape will be chosen by you and your Penticton dentist. The teeth will then be prepped. You may or may not need local anesthetic for this procedure. During the prep, the dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel from the front surface of the tooth. An impression will be taken and sent off to a dental laboratory. The actual veneers are made in a laboratory and normally take a couple of weeks after the impressions are sent to them. If needed, temporary veneers will be fitted while you wait for your final veneers.
At the second appointment, the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. The veneers will be tried in, and you will get to see your new smile! If you are happy with the results, bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a curing light is used to harden and set the bond.
You will receive care instructions for veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will prolong the life of your new veneers. A follow-up appointment a few weeks after the procedure may be necessary to be sure there are no further issues or adjustment necessary. If you grind or clench your teeth, your dentist may recommend a nightguard to protect the veneers from damage.
Veneer Teeth Pros and Cons
Veneers are a great way to improve your smile, especially if your teeth are chipped, malformed, very discoloured or will not and cannot be whitened. An improved smile equals greater confidence and perhaps a more social and fulfilling life.
Other pros of veneers are that they can be done in as little as two visits, they do not have to remove as much tooth structure as traditional crowns, they look natural and resist stains.
With your dentist, you can pick how white you want your teeth. If you want a bold smile, pick a bright white colour. If you want your new smile to be more subtle, pick a natural colour. As a patient, you can execute autonomy in the process of getting veneers—you will be the artist behind your new smile.
Veneers can be customized to fit your facial shape and style. Dental veneer designs range from feminine to aggressive, brighter to more natural, and bolder to more subtle. Individuals considering veneers should choose a design that fits their personality. Your dental team can help guide you in your decision.
Before you book your veneer appointments with your dental professional, you’ll need to consider some of the cons of getting veneers.
Dental veneers require some maintenance. You’ll need to maintain your regular checkups with your dental professional to avoid any issues with the veneers. Proper home care along with regular checkups are essential in prolonging the life of your veneers.
Veneers can break, come off and re-decay around the margins and may need to be replaced at some point in the future. This is why regular veneer check-up appointments with your dentist are so important. Also, because the natural tooth has been altered by removing a thin layer of enamel, they are not a reversible procedure.
Enamel Family Dental Centre Offers The Best Porcelain Veneers Penticton Has to Offer
At Enamel Family Dental Center, we believe in offering our patients quality service which is why we have selected porcelain veneers as the veneer of choice for our patients.
Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. One of the features of porcelain veneers contributing to their rising popularity is their optic properties. Porcelain is a ceramic that has many similar properties to the teeth’s natural covering, enamel. Because of this, porcelain veneers appear natural and realistic.
This type of veneer is also longer lasting than other types. Porcelain veneers last up to 15 years while plastic (composite) veneers last up to 7 years. Fortunately, they are also quite resistant to permanent stains (so if you enjoy drinking coffee or red wine, this will not affect your new smile!)