If you’ve exhausted every avenue on how to have a stunning smile, then veneers might just be the answer. They are tooth-colored shells that will cover up your natural teeth and create a beautiful smile. They can correct many cosmetic defects, but they also cost a little. Get the low-down on everything you need to know about veneers for your smile.
What are Veneers?
They are shells that will go over the top of your natural teeth. They are generally made from porcelain or a resin composite material. They can conceal imperfections or change the overall size, length and shape of the natural tooth.
How are they Applied?
You will typically need three dental visits to complete the process. On the first visit, the dentist will discuss the procedure with you. On the second visit, the dentist begins to remove a small amount of enamel to make room for the veneer. It isn’t much, just about a half millimeter, but you will probably need some anesthesia. Then, they will take an impression of the teeth and send them to the dental lab. They will be responsible for creating your custom made veneer.
On the third visit, the dentist will apply the veneer to the teeth with an adhesive material and you will be good to go.
Pros of Veneers
• Individually shaped for a natural look
• Can’t be stained
• White shades can be chosen for a dazzling smile
• Good substitute for a crown
Cons of Veneers
• Teeth may be sensitive
• Process cannot be reversed
Should You Get Veneers?
If you are looking to fix the gaps in your teeth, but don’t want braces, veneers might be a good fit for you. You can also use them to hide cracked, uneven or chipped teeth. If you want whiter teeth and whitening options haven’t worked well for you, veneers might be the answer.
They shouldn’t be used on people with tooth decay, large fillings or fractures. If you grind your teeth, you may not be a good candidate for veneers.
Your White Bear Lake dentist will know the best treatment options for your mouth. Be sure to call our White Bear Lake Dental at (651) 653-3802 to schedule your appointment today.