What are Veneers?

Maybe you’ve tried whitening and straightening your teeth, but your smile still isn’t quite what you’re hoping for. Or maybe you’ve got several issues with your teeth and you’re not sure where to begin to get that smile of your dreams. No matter your starting point, you may be a good candidate for tooth veneers. Let’s take a look at this effective way to give you a truly dazzling smile in Madison, Wisconsin with minimal effort.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of durable, custom-made porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of teeth to create a more attractive smile. The shells give the appearance of whiter, longer, and wider teeth.
Often used as alternatives to crowns, these devices can totally reshape your smile and can be the ideal solution for treating many dental conditions. While not permanent, they are very durable and should last for many years before needing to be replaced.

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Benefits of Veneers

Dental veneers create a beautiful smile by covering up any imperfections your teeth might have. They hide crookedness, stains, chips, rotated teeth, and gaps in your smile. Having veneers placed is a much faster method of correcting these issues, compared to, for instance, doing a full-mouth restoration.

With proper maintenance, veneers can last for ten years or more. In order to get the most out of your veneers, you may be instructed to avoid beverages that stain, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, and avoid exceptionally hard foods.

Are There Any Disadvantages to Veneers?

One downside to consider about veneers is their cost. Veneers really are like pieces of art for your mouth. But because each veneer is individually crafted from high-quality material to perfect each tooth, they can be expensive. Your cosmetic dentist will discuss what your unique veneers will cost at your consultation.

Veneers also require care and attention to ensure you get the most out of your investment. Since it is possible for them to chip, you’ll need to be careful when it comes to especially crunchy foods.

To apply the veneers, your cosmetic dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. If you have a history of sensitive teeth this may make your teeth more sensitive to heat and cold, but for most people it does not.

How Are Veneers Applied?

To have them put on, your dentist will first trim the veneers after they’ve been made to achieve the desired fit and look that’s just right for you. Your teeth will then be cleaned, polished, and then etched to better bond with the veneer. A cement is applied, followed by the veneer. Finally, a light is shone on the cement to activate the chemicals, causing it to harden. After they have been placed, you may need to return in a few weeks for a follow-up for your dentist to check on them.

Am I a Good Candidate?

You might be a good candidate for veneers if your teeth are healthy but resistant to whitening procedures or if they are chipped, rotated, or misshapen. You may also opt for veneers simply because you don’t like the look of your natural teeth.

They are not a good option if you are suffering from tooth or gum disease, as covering up these areas could make the problem worse. Additionally, if your teeth are weak or lacking structure, they will not support the veneers well enough. Problems such as these might be better treated with different procedures, such as dental implants. Veneers also could be problematic for people who grind their teeth, as the veneers are at risk of cracking. However, your dentist might provide you with a mouthguard to wear at night to prevent this.

Caring for Veneers

Regardless of which option you choose, veneers require regular care, just like regular teeth. That means flossing is as important as ever. Flossing will help clean the margins of the veneers and prevent plaque from building up in the small transitions where the tooth structure meets the veneers. Regular oral care is very important so be sure you’re visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam.

Naturally, brushing still applies.  Veneers are almost as strong as natural teeth, but you should also avoid sudden impact stress. That means no ripping duct tape with your veneer or biting your nails, but you should not do this with your natural teeth either.

Affiliated Dentists in Madison, Wisconsin

If you are interested in transforming your smile with veneers, please book your consultation today with our cosmetic dentists. Affiliated Dentists offers veneers and cosmetic dentistry in Madison, Wisconsin.

What are Veneers? brought to you by:
Mark Gustavson DDS, Madison Dentist

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