Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available. Frequently used by Hollywood’s elite, these thin sheaths of porcelain are capable of hiding smile imperfections of all types. If you’re tired of being unhappy with your smile, you may consider moving forward with treatment, especially since they are known to fully transform a person’s appearance. But before you commit to the process, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary information. Here are 4 facts about veneers you’ll want to consider before committing to your dentist’s personalized treatment plan.
Before and After Photos Can Help with Your Decision
When choosing your cosmetic dentist, make sure you’re asking to see before and after photos of patients who received veneers. These images can help you decide a few things:
- Does the cosmetic dentist appear to be qualified and capable of placing veneers, so they look natural?
- Do the images of the patient cause you to want the same results, or are you contemplating a less invasive method of treatment?
Most dental professionals will be happy to provide images of patients or can direct you to a smile gallery or online reviews for their dental practice. This will allow you to decide based on the images you see if you want veneers to address your smile imperfections.
You Don’t Have to Place Veneers On All Your Teeth
While many people do opt to have veneers placed on all their teeth, you do not have to do the same. Instead, if only a few visible teeth are stained or slightly chipped, or if you have a small gap between your upper front two teeth, you may choose to have veneers placed on only two or three of your teeth. During your consultation, you and your dentist will discuss how extensive your cosmetic treatment will be. If you only need one or two teeth covered, you can expect it to take less time in the dentist’s office and cost much less.
Maintaining Optimal Oral Health is Key
If you want your veneers to last a long time, you’ll need to commit to maintaining good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing, flossing, and continuing to see your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings. You’ll also want to give up any bad habits (i.e., smoking, teeth grinding, biting nails, chewing ice, etc.) to keep from damaging your new veneers.
Veneers Are Great as a Long-Lasting Solution
Because veneers are permanent, the process cannot be reversed. If you’re okay with this idea, you’ll be pleased to know they are considered an ideal solution if you want long-lasting results. Using a professional-grade bonding agent to adhere your veneer to the surface of your tooth, a curing light helps to harden the cement in place, allowing for a sturdy smile that can last 10 years or more.
Now that you know a bit more about these unique restorations, it’s time to talk to your dentist about getting the smile you’ve always dreamed of with the help of veneers.
About the Author
Dr. Mark Farthing became a dentist in 1982 after completing his dental education at Dawson Academy and taking additional coursework in sedation dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Opening Indianapolis Family Dentistry in 1985, he and his colleague, Dr. Armin Tepner, who joined the practice in 1977, work together to create healthy, longer-lasting, beautiful smiles. If stains, chips, minor gaps, or misshapen teeth cause a person to feel embarrassed by their appearance, Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner can provide veneers to fully transform an individual’s aesthetic. If you want to improve the look of your smile, visit our website or call (317) 898-3384.