A cosmetic dentist has many treatment options to offer, and veneers have become a convenient way to treat a plethora of dental problems. Veneers cover the fronts of your teeth in order to hide blemishes, fill in gaps, or even brighten up the shade of your enamel. If you think this kind of treatment might be right for you, the first step is to talk to your dentist. He or she will let you know how to prepare for the procedure and what you’ll need to do to take care of yourself afterward. Here’s what to expect before, during, and after you get veneers.
What to Know Before Getting Veneers
If you have heard about the benefits of veneers and you’d like to see if they’re right for you, you can start by making an appointment with your cosmetic dentist. Veneers typically take two or three visits from start to finish. During the first visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and ensure that you’re a good candidate for veneers. You’ll have the opportunity to talk to your dentist about why you want to undergo treatment and what you’re hoping to get out of it.
Check the Dentists Before and After Photos
While veneers are an aesthetic procedure, they’re also a serious dental procedure. Make sure to view before and after photos of the dentists you are considering to make sure they do good, consistent work and that you like their style. Dentists do have the ability to customize veneers so you not only want to make sure they do good work but you like the style of their results. For example, some dentists prefer to create imperfect veneers to maintain the character of your smile such as retaining a gap in the teeth whereas others want to create a more perfect smile. It’s a long-term investment so you want to make sure you’re going to love your new smile 5 years from now.
You Can Get the Smile You Want
One of the benefits of veneers is that you can customize them to your liking. You can minimize or change what you don’t like about your teeth. It’s important to let your dentist know what you like and don’t like about your smile during your consultation.
Dental Veneer Procedure
When your dentist begins preparing your tooth, the veneer process is officially underway. In order to make room for the veneer to fit, your dentist will have to remove a small portion of enamel from the front of any tooth being treated. Then an impression will be taken and sent to the lab in order to create your permanent veneers. They will be ready about a week and a half later, but you’ll have temporary veneers to wear in the meantime. When your permanent veneers are ready, your dentist will bond them to your teeth.
Veneers are a Multi-Step Process
First your dentist will do a smile analysis to confirm that you are a candidate for veneers. There are times when veneers are not the only or even best solution for achieving the smile you want. This means that veneers are not typically a same-day dental treatment.
You Get to Try Out Your New Smile First
With veneers you get to see what your new smile will look like with temporary veneers. The temporary veneers are adhered to your teeth with a temporary bonding cement so you can get an idea as to how your new smile will look and feel once its complete. This helps ensure there are no surprises after the initial procedure. During the trial period is when you can let your dentist know about any revisions you’d like to make.
Other Cosmetic Facial Treatments Can Affect Your Veneers
If you get or are planning to get cosmetic treatments such as lip injections or plastic surgery you need to let your dentist know. Cosmetic treatments that change your face can throw off how the veneers look. By letting your dentist know ahead of time, they can take those treatments into account when customizing your veneers.
What to Do After You Get Veneers
Caring for Veneers
You want your veneers to last, so you need to know how to care for them after you have them placed. Avoid chewing anything too tough, like ice or hard candy. Even though your prosthetics aren’t prone to the same decay as your natural teeth, you should stick to your dental hygiene routine to avoid gum disease and other oral health issues.