5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Veneer

December 8, 2019 - By Bruce Michaelson
5 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Veneer

Veneers will provide you with that beautiful smile you’ve been dreaming of. Veneers will cover cracks in your teeth as well as stains or poorly formed or crooked teeth, placed on top of your teeth.

Veneers are the least intrusive, the least expensive way to get the perfect smile. Whether it’s a few teeth or your whole mouth, veneers will correct your teeth’s imperfections— staining, chips, uneven teeth, and so on. If you want the movie star smile, or just want to be happier with yours, veneers are the way to do it.

How do Dental Veneers Work?

Dental veneers are a perfect way to correct damaged, clipped or uneven teeth. Dentists can provide patients with vivid, smooth, and healthy-looking smiles by putting glass-like ceramic porcelain on the teeth’s surface. 

Placing porcelain veneers requires a professional cosmetic dentist’s expertise, accuracy and craft. Usually, it takes only two to three office visits to have your smile fixed with veneers.

The dentist will first customize your new smile on the first visit by deciding the size, form, and style of veneers that will suit your smile, face shape, and design preferences. First, after scraping a small amount of enamel to fit the veneer, the dentist must carefully clean the teeth. 

He will then put temporary veneers in a dental clinic to cover the teeth while the final version is being made.

You will return for your third visit to have your permanent veneers installed when the permanent veneers are finished. This is the final step in improving your smile so you can go home with a nice new, gorgeous smile.

The porcelain veneers’ glass-like ceramic structure closely mirrors natural tooth enamel. That’s because porcelain veneers are transparent, much like natural tooth enamel.

As light strikes the surface of a natural tooth, it is not reflected instantly. Rather, it penetrates the enamel of the tooth and reflects the invisible dentine just below. This translucent effect gives luster to the teeth. By duplicating this, dental porcelain veneers provide luminous, natural-looking smiles to patients.

Dental porcelain veneers can also protect broken and chipped teeth and restore them. Because a professional cosmetic dentist customizes porcelain veneers that best suits your teeth, you can tailor and enhance a lot more than just your teeth’s color.

Crooked and chipped teeth can now look better so you can have a lovely new smile. You can patch any broken teeth with dental crowns or caps that can match the color of your dental veneers.

Are Veneers Right For You?

Veneers are right for you if:

  • You’re changing tooth position, tooth size and they’re currently a very difficult color to alter.
  • You’re really displeased about your teeth’s size, the teeth’s position, or their yellowish color.
  • Your teeth are substantially small or tiny, and/or dark.

Veneers are one of today’s least intrusive cosmetic dental procedures.

Nonetheless, there are certain considerations that can keep you from being a good candidate. These include:

  • Compulsive jaw clenching or teeth grinding 
  • Substantial damage to the structural tooth 
  • Crossbite or underbite 
  • Gum disease (active or recurrent)
  •  Acute tooth crowding 
  • Bad oral hygiene or excessive cavities

If you have any of these problems, evaluate whether veneers are appropriate for you with your dentist. Note that when it comes to fixing your smile, there are many alternatives to choose between, so go with whatever’s best for your circumstances.


What to Expect While Getting Veneers

Having veneers is a multi-step process that takes place over a couple of weeks and two or three visits.

The process starts with an initial appointment and check-up. Your dentist will examine your teeth, decide if you are a good candidate, and discuss your plan to move forward. If you need any dental implants or fillings, you will have to take care of these beforehand.

Then, by scraping a very thin layer of enamel off the front of your teeth, the dentist can prepare your teeth for veneers. They will then get an idea of your new smile and create a set of temporary veneers that will remain in place until the permanent ones arrive. The trial period helps you to determine whether to make color or style adjustments— it’s a “test drive” for your new teeth.

After they’ve sculpted the final porcelain veneers, you’ll go back to the dentist to attach them. The temporary veneers will be extracted and a bonding paste to your teeth will be added.

Finally, the dentist will carefully mount the permanent veneers, and your new smile is ready to go!


Things to Keep in Mind Before Getting Veneers

Because they are irreversible, you will need to thoroughly consider the implications of the operation before you plan to get them. Here are five things to think about and discuss with your dentist:


Be Ready To Receive A Hefty Bill

The cost of your veneers can depend on a few things, such as the location of the dental clinic you’ll be working with, how many teeth you are going to work on, and which dental professional you are choosing

But, no matter what, you can expect the bill to be quite high, as composite is a more economical option than porcelain. 

It’s a good idea to consider in advance if there could be any extra costs to be added before or after the procedure has been completed.


Make Sure You See an Experienced Dentist

Cosmetic dentistry is still quite a complex job, and it’s worth making sure you get an expert dentist to do your veneers. Not all dental practices offer cosmetic dentistry, so you may need to go hunting to find one who does.

Request to see a photo gallery of before and after before you make your choice to find out if you like their output. Every dentist has a specific style of their own, so make sure it fits yours.

Another good way to make sure you see a reputable dentist is through testimonials. Search for customer reviews and inquire for any suggestions from your friends and family.

The veneers will be fixed once in place, and there’s no way to undo what’s been done. Therefore, when looking for a dental professional who will do this for you, it is best to take your time. You want to be completely certain that the dentist you select has plenty of qualifications to show his or her expertise, along with plenty of documentary evidence of photos of other patients.

Ask the dentist about all the tools he or she intends to use and how long the veneers will last after they have been set up. Also, be upfront on any problems you’ve had, such as twitching, scratching, or discomfort.

A professional dentist will want to make sure that you are the right candidate for veneers. This means testing your general oral health, and whether or not you have dental decay or periodontal disease that needs to be resolved.

As previously mentioned, you probably won’t be the right candidate for veneers if you have gum disease, cavities, wide fillings, or broken teeth, or if you don’t have enough enamel or if you clench and grit your teeth. While some of these issues can be fixed, be wary of a dentist who assures you that you can just go ahead and get veneers without first addressing those concerns.


There Is Such A Thing As Too White

The patient and dentist may choose how white they want to go when it comes to porcelain veneers. Most dentists counsel the patient and help them decide how white they should go with the veneers. Several factors influence how white the patient can go with the porcelain: the whites of the eyes, complexion, and the patient’s preferred outcome. 

A supple natural white appears to be more desirable than an opaque white that tends to be fake-looking. Other color characteristics such as intensity (which is the brightness) and translucency (how much light will pass through the veneer) are also not considered by most people.

In order to obtain a healthy soft look, dentists can make the veneer white but have a low value and high translucency. If you get to the deciding stage of color of your veneers, notify the ceramist all the expectations you have of your veneers and exactly what you want, so that the appropriate color is selected for you. Once the teeth are picked and cemented, it’s too late! It’s better to know exactly what you want to be upfront.


Your New Smile Is Made Exactly How You Want It

One of the best features of dental veneers is that they can be adjusted based on your preference. You can lessen or alter anything you don’t like about your teeth. In order to achieve the desired result, your bite, enamel thickness, and pulp tissue all need to be assessed and taken into account so that your dentist can make your veneers complementary to your face. Such variables play a key role in ensuring that your veneers’ thickness is just enough for a natural-looking result.


They Will Eventually Need to Be Replaced

Your veneers will undergo some depreciation over time, and your dentist will either have to repair or replace them. Hence, this is another expense factor that should be taken into account.

The best veneers in Dubai could last up to 15 years. That’s quite convenient, isn’t it? On the other hand, if you go the more economical route and opt for composite, you might only get up to seven years out of them.


Final Thoughts

Ultimately, veneers are a great choice for many people who want to transform their smile. It’s minimally intrusive, stain-resistant and will brighten up your smile. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to see if this cosmetic procedure is right for you, consult with one of our dental professionals to get the best veneers.  


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