Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.

4 Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Veneers

 

A lot of people are highly concerned about their smiles. It is an important element in a good first impression so a lot of people believe that this is definitely something worth investing in. A recent study showed that 48% of Americans look at a smile as a person’s most memorable feature. In case if your teeth are not as white as they used to be, you might not be making the impression you want to. 

 

Dental veneers are considered a perfect option to repair cracked, chipped and stained teeth. However, it is highly important to understand the way the whole process works in order to make a commitment to this option. The following section depicts answers to the most common questions people have about dental veneers. 

  • What are dental veneers? 

Porcelain veneers are thin covers that are applied to teeth in order to provide it with a more classically shaped appearance. Nowadays, there are different varieties of dental veneers to select from. Due to its high effectiveness, it has gained popularity in the recent few years.

  • How do they work? 

This is probably the most common question people have about dental veneers. First of all, it should be clarified that they are thin, custom-made ceramic shells that are applied to the fronts of your teeth. They are applied similarly to nail appliques and might last for decades if you care about them properly.

 

If going more in-depth into the topic, the porcelain material is tinted to the same shade of whiteness that looks best with your complexion. Thanks to recent technological advancements, it is possible now to have veneers that possess the same translucent quality as real teeth. Dental veneers are a great option for people wishing to keep their natural teeth but at the same time need more substantial modification than whitening can provide. 

  • What are the steps in getting veneers? 

You should clearly understand that the process of getting dental veneers normally takes between two to three dental visits and a couple of weeks. The process will start from the initial assessment and consultation. You will have your smile evaluated and determine whether you are a good candite for this procedure or not. Perfect candidates are the ones with substantial cracks, chips, staining, mismatched teeth and wear and tear problems resulting from aging.  If it happens that you need dental implants or fillings, your dentist will have to take care of these first. 

 

The next step would be preparing your teeth for dental veneers. It is normally accomplished by shaving a very thin layer of enamel of the front of your teeth. After that, your doctor will make a set of temporary veneers that you will have to wear until the permanent ones arrive. During this period you will be able to determine whether any changes need to be done to the color or its shape. When the permanent porcelain veneers arrive you will have to make one more dentist visit in order to have them applied. As soon as temporary veneers are removed a bonding cement is applied to your teeth. The next step is carefully installing your permanent veneers and you are good to go. 

  • Can everyone get dental veneers? 

As was mentioned before, not everyone can get porcelain veneers. There are several factors that restrict people from this procedure and they are as follows: 

 

  • Serious structural tooth damage 
  • Gum disease
  • Serious tooth crowding 
  • Labial version of the teeth 
  • Extremely poor oral hygiene and/or excessive cavities 
  • Grinding of teeth 

 

Therefore, if you experience any of the aforementioned conditions, you should discuss with your dental specialist whether dental veneers are the right option for you.