Your smile is the first thing people notice about you when you meet someone for the first time. While perfectly aligned and pearly white teeth make you look attractive and friendly, crooked, stained, chipped teeth can ruin one’s smile and self-confidence. If you are concerned about your crooked or discolored teeth, porcelain veneers are your best option to rejuvenate your smile and impress people with your charming looks.
This article explains everything you need to know about porcelain veneers and how they can help you enjoy a brand new, picture-perfect smile.
What are Veneers?
According to the American Dental Association, a veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain or composite resins attached to the front surface of teeth to restore tooth aesthetics and structure. Dental veneers are made from high-quality, tooth-colored materials. Therefore, they blend in perfectly and become virtually indistinguishable from your own teeth, thereby maximizing your facial aesthetics.
Who Can Benefit from Porcelain Veneers?
According to the American Dental Association, You can enjoy a charming and beautiful smile with veneers if you have any of the following aesthetic problems:
- Permanent teeth stains that cannot be removed with professional teeth whitening
- Crooked or chipped teeth
- Congenitally misshaped teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Cosmetic restoration of excessive gaps between adjacent teeth - as an alternative to orthodontic treatment.
- For complete smile makeovers
What is the Procedure for Getting Veneers?
The American College of Prosthodontists highlights the following steps in getting veneers. During the first appointment, your cosmetic dentist or periodontal specialist will perform a detailed examination of your teeth to evaluate your eligibility for getting veneers. During the next appointment, your dentist will remove a thin layer of the outer enamel of the teeth that will be receiving veneers. This is done to create space so that the veneers don’t protrude ahead of your natural teeth.
Once the teeth have been prepared, your dentist will make an impression of these teeth and send them to the laboratory for their fabrication. Your dentist will try on your prepared veneers on your teeth first before permanently cementing them during your final appointment. Once your dentist is satisfied with your veneers’ fit and aesthetics, they will bond them to your teeth using adhesive cement.
That’s it. Enjoy your brand new smile!
Why Should you Consider Getting Veneers?
Are you considering dental veneers to improve your smile and facial aesthetics, but not sure whether they are the right option for you? Read on to find out why veneers are the best option when it comes to restoring flawed smiles.
Excellent Aesthetics - porcelain veneers possess the capability to exactly match the shade and color of your natural teeth. Besides, they also possess translucence, a property that gives them lifelike aesthetics, making them virtually indistinguishable from your own teeth.
Durability - unlike dental fillings, porcelain veneers are made in the dental laboratory. This means that they possess fewer structural defects and are stronger and more durable. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, dental veneers can last for up to ten years, provided they are looked after properly.
More Tooth Conservative Than Crowns - dental veneers require lesser tooth removal than dental crowns, thereby preserving healthy natural tooth structure.
Dental veneers offer a durable, convenient, and cost-effective option when it comes to restoring your smile. Don’t let your stained or chipped teeth affect your smile and self-esteem. Visit your dentist today and walk away with a healthy, beautiful, and lasting smile with dental veneers.
Dr. Mehmood Asghar is a dentist, an educator and a researcher in dental biomaterials. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor in Dental Biomaterials at the National University of Medical Sciences, Pakistan, in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. in Dental Biomaterials. Apart from his professional activities, Dr. Asghar loves reading, writing, and working out.