Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry where a very thin, custom-made covering is placed over the tooth to improve one’s appearance. Veneers can change the color and/or the shape of a tooth—think Hollywood perfect smiles. Many people are moving towards veneers to enhance their smile; it’s becoming more and more mainstream. Veneers are not just for Hollywood celebs anymore. If you are considering them, here are six things you should know.
1. Make sure your cosmetic dentist is good. Yes, this is usually a voluntary procedure and mostly used for cosmetic purposes; however, it is still involved and intricate. The better your cosmetic dentist, the better your teeth will look. Bad veneers can be noticeable and look fake, so make sure your dentist is experienced. A good idea is to ask for before and after photos from previous patients. If your family dentist also does cosmetics, talk to him or her.
2. Veneers can take the place of other work. Veneers are an option that can take the place of other dental work. For instance, if you only don’t like the shape or angle of a couple of teeth, you can do veneers instead of braces. If you don’t like the color of your teeth, you can opt for veneers in place of whitening.
3. Your teeth will be shaved. To attach the veneers, your tooth or teeth will have to be shaved down a bit. But depending on the changes you want, it may be very minimal. For instance, if you are happy with the shape of your teeth but just want a brighter, whiter smile, it will require very little shaving. But if you want to change the shape of a crooked tooth, more prep work will have to be done.
4. There are some negative after effects. There are some things you should know about how you’ll feel afterward:
- Your gums will likely be sore
- You may have some pain right after the veneers are applied and then for a few days after on and off. This is due to bonding sensitivity, which some, but not all, patients get.
- The harder you are on your teeth, the longer the veneers will take to bond and heal.
This being said, after all of this heals and adjusts which may take about a month, you will be just fine.
5. Veneers are not inexpensive. Porcelain veneers can run upwards of $1,000 per tooth. Composite veneers are about half that price but only last about half as long. Insurance rarely covers veneers.
6. Designs are personalized. A good dentist should work with you on the individuality of your smile and what you are looking for. There is not a one size fits all for veneers, and the final look can make a big difference in your smile.
If you would like to make some improvements on your smile, veneers may be just the thing for you. Our professional dental care experts at Watkin Dental Associates can help you with this and answer any further questions. Please call us for information on veneers or any other dental need. We would love to help you have a healthy, beautiful mouth.