What to Know Before Getting Dental Veneers
When it comes to improving your smile, veneers are one of the most effective solutions. They give you a fresh, new look without having to undergo something invasive like cosmetic surgery. These thin shell-like shells are made of porcelain and are attached to the front teeth. There are many reasons why you might want to get veneers — from having crooked teeth to tooth discoloration to making your existing teeth look better and more uniform.
Like any procedure, there are some things you should know before getting dental veneers.
What You Can Expect When Getting Veneers
Getting dental veneers is a multi-step process that can take several weeks and a couple of visits to your dentist.
Your dentist will evaluate your smile, then determine whether you’re a good candidate for veneers and discuss the plan for moving ahead. If you need any fillings or dental implants, these will be taken care of first.
Then, your dentist will prep your teeth by shaving a very thin layer of enamel off the front of your teeth. They will then take an impression of your teeth and create temporary veneers that will stay on your teeth until the permanent veneers are finished.
Once the final porcelain veneers are sculpted, you’ll return to the dentist to have them applied. The temporary veneers are removed, and a bonding cement is applied to your teeth. Then, the permanent veneers are carefully installed, and you’re ready to dazzle people with your new smile!
Caring for Your Veneers
After your procedure, your mouth and gums will likely be sore for a few days. The discomfort is completely normal and will pass as your mouth heals, but have some Tylenol on hand, just in case.
You should care for your veneers, just like your regular teeth—brush them twice a day and floss regularly. You should stay away from foods that might chip or crack your teeth. The better you take care of your teeth, the longer your veneers will last.
Most veneers will last 20 years. At that point, you’ll need to look into getting a new set due to regular wear and tear. If your veneers are damaged earlier than that, you will probably need to look into fixing them sooner.
Veneers Aren’t For Everyone
Getting veneers is an investment, so you’ll need to ensure that your finances are in order or that your insurance will help cover the cost.
Some other reasons why someone might not be able to get veneers are because they have a habit of teeth grinding, they have a crossbite or underbite, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or severe tooth crowding.
If you’re wondering if dental veneers are a good choice, talk with your dentist. They’ll walk you through the steps of getting veneers and talk with you about whether you’re a good candidate or not.
Give us a call today at 207-784-1577, and we’ll set up an appointment to discuss the possibility of you getting veneers!