Veneers have become very popular in recent years, with more and more people choosing this treatment. It can be performed for a variety of reasons; including issues with bad staining, cracks or chips in the teeth, gaps between the teeth or when they are misaligned. People who don’t have good oral hygiene or whose teeth are in need or more intensive work are not usually recommended to get veneers.
People who cannot get treatment for stained teeth with veneers can get other forms of help from their cosmetic dentist, such as whitening. A professional whitening treatment can dramatically improve the appearance of the teeth, and may be all that is needed. Some patients will benefit from having orthodontic treatment either in place of veneers, or as a preparatory measure before having them fitted.
What are veneers?
Veneers are usually made of porcelain, though they can be constructed of a special dental composite. The material used is wafer thin, and each one is moulded to fit the tooth or teeth perfectly. The colour of the natural teeth is assessed so that the veneers can be tailored to match them as closely as possible.
How does the dentist prepare to fit veneers?
A good cosmetic dentist will not fit veneers until they have performed a thorough examination of the teeth and gums. The result of this examination may be that other treatments are recommended before getting veneers. This might be a filling or two, a root canal, treatment for gum disease or even braces. What is required is very much depends on the patient as an individual, and the general condition of their teeth and gums.
How long does the treatment take?
Getting veneers usually requires two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist takes impressions and performs any other required preparatory work. After a period of one or two weeks, the veneers will be fitted. The relative speed of this treatment is what makes it so appealing to may patients. Unlike getting braces, for example, there is no requirement to commit to long-term measures; and the desired result can be achieved in a very short period of time.
How can people look after their veneers?
Caring for veneers is not too different from looking after natural teeth. The patient should ensure that they clean and floss their teeth at least twice every day. They should also get their teeth and gums cleaned professionally every few months by the hygienist. For some patients, it will be recommended that a mouth guard is worn during sleep to protect the veneers.
Veneers can transform the appearance of the teeth, allowing people to feel much more confident about the way they look – and this can have a very positive impact on the self-esteem. Perfecting the teeth with veneers can also allow the natural teeth to function better; and help protect the patient from further damage and deterioration.
People who think that veneers might be the right choice for them should see their dentist to discuss all the available options.