Dental veneers are a very popular choice. Veneers are used for smile make-overs or for repairing chipped or broken teeth. A very thin shell of tooth colored porcelain or composite material is used to cover the front of the tooth. If a tooth has been chipped or broken, the process can make it look whole again. If a tooth, or a number of teeth, are discolored then dental veneers can be used to whiten teeth that cannot be bleached. This technique can even be used to create “instant orthodontics” by making a crooked smile appear straight!
The process is very safe and has been used for many years. It is extremely durable and the end result is incredibly lifelike. Patients are always highly satisfied with the results. Why is this so effective?
The alternatives for these types of cosmetic dental restorations have traditionally been bonding and dental crowns. Bonding works well for small chips in teeth but it is subject to staining. Dental crowns are also used in smile makeovers but much more of the original tooth structure must be removed to place a crown. Dental veneers require removing very little tooth structure. So, is there anything special needed for care?
There is nothing special that needs to be done. Good oral hygiene habits are most important. Brushing and flossing will keep everything beautiful for many years. Teeth that have been restored can still experience tooth decay. Veneers may not be a good choice for individuals with poor oral health (decay or active gum disease). If you have the habit of chewing on your nails or pencils, etc. you should let your dentist know this in advance of any cosmetic procedure.
So, what is the next step?