The teeth you were born with are not necessarily the teeth that you want. Teeth can be a point of anxiety for a lot of folks. According to the New York Post, around 7 of 10 Americans on average, feel insecure about their teeth. This means that over half of America has anxiety in some form about how their teeth look.
Reasons for feeling bad about one’s teeth are as varied as the lives of people themselves. One of the overall reasons for teeth related nerves is appearance: yellowing teeth, crooked teeth, the spacing between teeth, among others.
There are several ways that you might feel more confident in your smile. One such option is veneers!
What exactly are veneers?
Simply put, veneers are a thin piece of material that are bonded permanently to your existing teeth. The idea is that they cover up your teeth’s imperfections and leave you with a smile that you can be proud of. Veneers can be thought of as a one day smile solution because the entire process is so quick.
Veneers are usually made of porcelain or composite material. They mimic teeth really well and are stain resistant. The best part is that they can be installed in a single day (after preparation appointments) which cannot be said for other dental solutions.
Now, if you only have a couple of teeth that you wish to cover, that is perfectly fine as well. Veneers are meant to be customized for your mouth so they can cover one, two, or all of your teeth. Veneers do not replace your teeth like an implant; they use your existing teeth as a base. Think of it like remodeling a home: you only change the appearance and not the actual structure. You end up with the same basic materials but the appearance is more of your own style!
Why might you choose veneers?
Veneers are a great option for those who wish to undergo a smile transformation in under a single day. Some common reasons for adding veneers to the natural teeth are:
Discoloration: Many people decide that they want pearly whites teeth without the hassle of whitening. Veneers are perfect because the material they are made of is stain resistant!
Crooked/Uneven teeth: If one or more of your teeth is crooked, veneers offer a great option. You can regain some confidence quickly with straight teeth after a veneer installation.
Broken/Chipped teeth: It can be embarrassing to have a chipped tooth, especially if it is in the front. Veneers offer a quick cover up!
Small teeth or Gaps: Veneers can be sized to your preference so they are a great option to remove gaps or to make small teeth seem larger.
How does it work?
First, you will need to see a dentist; they can walk you through the process, help you choose the proper veneer type, and take molds of your teeth if that is required. After this point, you will have to wait for your custom veneers to be sent to the office from the lab. At this appointment your dentist might also shave your teeth some to get the proper sizing for your eventual veneers.
Depending on the reason for choosing veneers, there are some types to be aware of. Traditional veneers need to be applied to a tooth that has been prepared. Dental professionals will shave down a thin layer of the tooth to properly adhere the veneer cover. This can cause some pain or discomfort so this is generally performed under general anesthesia. The other type is what is called no-prep veneers. These require less (or no) shaving and mainly attach to the tooth enamel. No-prep veneers usually are placed without any pain relief medication because they require minimal change to your natural tooth.
Either way, this is a permanent process that takes very little time no matter the route you decide to take. This process outlined here is just an overview; since this is a personalized procedure, your particular case might look different!
A One Day Smile Solution!
If we had to sum up the veneer process in a couple of words it would be these: quick and personalized. After your measurements and molds are taken, installation can take place in a single day. A smile is a really important part of your overall self-esteem and veneers can quickly give you that boost you need.
In addition, this is a very personalized process. You and your dentist will work through all of the steps together to find a plan that fits your goals! Devaney Dentistry could be that professional staff for you! We have the expertise and personalized care experience to get you the dental confidence that you deserve.