At some point, when you’re trying to make cosmetic improvements to your teeth and attain a bright smile, you may hear the dentist mentioned veneers as an option. Simply put, veneers are a cover for your teeth. They’re custom designed, thin shells that fit over the front of a tooth to give it an improved appearance. They match your existing tooth, but they change its size, length, color, or shape to fulfill the look you want.

Your options

Veneers are but one of the options available in cosmetic dentistry, and they come with a few options themselves, as well. Nowadays, good dentists offer primarily porcelain veneers over resin. Porcelain veneers are much better at resisting stains and creating a life-like look for your tooth, but resin veneers can still give you some improvements at a lower cost.

Why choose a veneer

Like all aesthetic dental procedures, getting a veneer begins with you telling the dentist what you want to achieve. One of the reasons you might want a veneer is if your teeth are discolored by foods or stains from past dental treatments. But veneers do a lot more than just changing the color. Unlike simply a procedure to give you whiter teeth, they can also treat all manner of physical imperfections you’re not happy with. Worn down teeth, chipped or broken teeth, even teeth that are slightly misaligned or have gaps. Instead of having to get extensive work to realign your teeth, a veneer can offer a precision solution to a slight but noticeable problem.

The procedure

Before fitting the veneer, the dentist will remove a tiny portion of the tooth’s enamel, just enough that the veneer makes up for it. You’ll be under anesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain when this happens. Then the dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. From there, the veneer takes 2-4 weeks to complete. If you are concerned with the appearance of your tooth, the dentist will provide a temporary veneer in place until you get the permanent one fitted.

From there, it’s as simple as the dentist making sure that the veneer properly fits your tooth. This involves placing it on and taking it off to do detailed work until they are certain that it’s a fit. After they’re confident it fits, your tooth will be cleaned and polished. Then it will be etched, which allows the bonding in the veneer to get a better grip on the tooth. Once bonded, the dentist shines a light on the bond, which causes a chemical reaction that has it harden. From there, any excess cement will be cleaned and you’ll be asked to bite to make sure you’re comfortable with the veneer.

A brighter smile

Getting a veneer is simple and once it’s fit, it’s unlikely it will need any work. Your dentist will ask you to come in and ensure its holding firm and you’re not experiencing any difficulties. Loose veneers do happen but they’re easily put back in place. They only need to be placed every 7-15 years as well.

Veneers offer an easy way to alter your smile and help you feel more confident. They permanently brighten your smile, look natural, and are a much more conservative way to fix minor defects without having to resort to extensive shaping.

For more information, contact one of our Club Dental locations in Utah.

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