Veneers are a layer of material, usually porcelain, placed over your teeth. Veneers cover your natural teeth creating a more aesthetic and white smile and protecting your teeth from damage. Veneers are a great solution if you have chipped, uneven, or discolored teeth.
Here are some things you should know before getting veneers.
Veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth, meaning they are not removable. Typically, they last from 15-20 years, sometimes longer. Some patients never need to replace them. Make sure you talk to your dentist about how you want your veneers to look because these will likely be your teeth for the next few decades.
Although permanently adhered to your teeth - veneers are not indestructible. They can chip if you are not careful. Don’t chew on ice with your new veneers and be careful eating hard foods. Don’t use your teeth as tools. We’re all guilty of it- using our teeth to rip something open or crack a beer. Treat them as your regular teeth- but you paid money for these!
Veneers can also get discolored. Moderate your coffee, wine, and tea consumption. Of course, we would never tell you to give up coffee completely, but be conscious of how much you drink and its effect on your veneers.
Grinding can also wear them down. So if you grind your teeth in your sleep, talk to your dentist about a tooth guard to prevent damaging your veneers.
Yes, you read that right. If your teeth are too white they tend to look fake. You want your veneers to give you a beautiful, straighter, and whiter smile- but you still want your teeth to look natural. A softer white is usually a good color to go with. Your dentist will help you pick a color a few shades lighter than your natural teeth to get visible, but a natural-looking improvement.
Of course, you can get your entire mouth done, but fixing one chipped tooth is also an option. You do want all your teeth to match, so usually, 8-10 veneers are normal. Consider how wide your smile is and how many teeth are visible when you smile and talk. Sometimes, people opt to get veneers only on their top teeth, sometimes top and bottom teeth are done.
Have your dentist take a picture of your smile to determine how many veneers you want, but remember, it is up to you!
Veneers are expensive. There’s no way of getting around that. But, consider it an investment. Your smile is usually the first thing people notice about you. As mentioned above, your veneers can last you up to 20 years so think of it as an investment rather than an expense. Veneers are the gift that keeps on giving when you wake up in the morning with beautiful, straight, and white teeth.
Most people believe better teeth and a nicer smile lead to being more successful in business and in their personal lives. Invest in yourself to look and feel better.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold right after getting your veneers from the cement bonding. Your gums may also be sore, too. This can be cured with a saltwater rinse or a pain killer, such as ibuprofen.
It may also take you some time to get used to having veneers in your mouth. Talking may feel slightly different, but you should get used to them in a few days.
Daily brushing and flossing are still a must with veneers. If you want them to last 20 years, you have to take care of them. Treat them as your regular teeth.