It’s hard not to envy people with straight white teeth. After all, a perfect smile gives off the impression of equally ideal health.
Though to get straight teeth, you usually need braces or retainers, which are not only uncomfortable, but they take time too.
Plus, it could cause a hit to your ego – taking you back to those middle or high school days. Unless of course, you qualify for invisible braces, also known as Invisalign.
In this modern age of medicine and technology, you would think there was a better way, and depending on the severity of your misalignment, there might be.
Did you know that dental veneers can help straighten your teeth with minimal effort?
What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material that are meant to cover your natural teeth instead of going with dental implants or dentures. The goal with veneers is to help a patient improve the overall color and alignment of their teeth.
Depending on the client’s preference, veneers are designed out of either porcelain or resin. Porcelain resists stains better and looks more like a person’s natural teeth, which is why many clients prefer them.
They are also helpful with any crooked or misaligned teeth. Of course, if your teeth are severely misaligned more work will be needed, but minor annoyances can be dealt with in a flash.
A set of them can last anywhere between ten or fifteen years.
What Can Veneers Fix?
Veneers can fix a variety of minor dental problems. However, most reasons are cosmetic in nature. For example, if you have discolored teeth for whatever reason, veneers can cover that up.
If you have teeth that are worn down, chipped, broken, or misaligned then veneers are a quick way to make them look better overall.
People like veneers because within one or two visits they have a straight white smile instead of spending months with braces or retainers. People who only have one or two misaligned teeth are better suited for veneers than getting a mouthful of braces.
Plus, it is so much more comfortable than traditional braces, and feel more natural too.
What is the Process Like for Getting Veneers?
Getting veneers is a permanent procedure that cannot be undone.
You start by talking to a dentist that can handle veneers in Calgary, like us at Nosehill Dental. Once you have an appointment, you and your dentist decide if dental veneers are the solution for you.
You are eligible for veneers if:
- You have minor cosmetic imperfections or stained teeth
- Have an excellent oral health history
- Plenty of tooth enamel
- Good oral hygiene practices
Once you’ve decided that you will go with a veneer, a dentist will prepare your tooth by removing a tiny bit of enamel from your tooth’s surface. This allows for the needed space to insert the veneer that will cover the original tooth. It will also help make the veneer look more natural when compared to the surrounding teeth.
The dentist will then make a mold of your tooth for the model, and it can take up to four weeks to get the finished product.
Once the veneer comes in, the dentist will make sure that it not only fits but looks natural when compared to surrounding teeth. Once both the dentist and patient are happy with the look and feel, the dentist will cement the veneer to the tooth. However, before the veneer is cemented on, your tooth will be cleaned, polished, and roughed up a little to ensure a secure bonding process. When the tooth is placed correctly, the dentist will apply a special light beam to the veneer to activate the chemicals in the cement that will harden it, cementing the tooth in place.
What are Veneers Not Good For?
Sadly, veneers are not the end all be all for all dental problems. They aren’t good if you have chronic cavities or gum disease. Likewise, if you have large parts of your teeth missing, then there is nothing to attach the veneers too.
If you grind your teeth, you may also want to consider a different option. You could break the veneers down as you grind unconsciously.
Pros of Veneers
Here’s a quick list of the positives of veneers:
- They have a natural tooth appearance
- Porcelain ones are stain resistant
- It’s an overall conservative procedure
- Gum tissue can handle porcelain well
- Easy white teeth
- Gets rid of crooked teeth
- Covers gaps in your teeth
Cons of Veneers
Here is the list of negatives:
- This is a permanent procedure
- You shouldn’t get them if you are a teeth grinder
Veneers Calgary: Come for a complimentary consultation!
You sure can! Nosehill Dental’s general dentists are experienced in veneers. We are committed to giving each person access to needed treatments and will help anyone who wants veneers to get them.
Contact us at 403-241-1900 or use our make an appointment page.