You know the saying: a smile is worth a thousand words. But did you know that this saying isn’t just a catchy phrase? It’s true! A person’s smile really can affect their esteem, and it’s no wonder why: everyone has a face, but not everyone has a perfect smile. And if you’re not happy with your teeth, the chances are that it’s affecting how you feel about yourself.
A person’s smile is often the first thing that attracts people to each other. It is also an essential part of our identity and confidence. When your teeth are not aligned correctly or worn down by age or other factors, it can affect your self-confidence and self-esteem. You may avoid certain social situations because you feel embarrassed about how your teeth look.
What Are Veneers?
First, let’s clear up some confusion about what veneers are. They’re not false teeth: they’re custom-made pieces that fit over your natural teeth. Veneers are thin coverings that bond to the surface of your teeth right in your mouth.
They can be made of a composite resin material or porcelain—the choice is yours! They’re an increasingly popular way to improve your smile in various ways.
Who Is a Candidate for Veneers?
If you have ever wondered if you need veneers, you’re not alone. Veneers are one of those things that seem like a luxury, but they can also be beneficial to your oral health.
Veneers are an excellent solution for several common dental problems.
You can use veneers to:
- Fix crooked or chipped teeth
- Fix large gaps between teeth
- Fix discolored teeth
The best part is that they’re very affordable compared with other types of cosmetic dentistry.
While there are many reasons people choose veneers, the most common reason is that they want to improve their smile and feel more confident about their appearance.
What Is the Procedure for Getting Dental Veneers?
The procedure itself can last anywhere from two hours to one day, depending on how many teeth are being treated and whether there are any complications along the way. During this time, you will be given local anesthesia so that you don’t feel pain during treatment (though there may still be some discomfort).
The dentist will clean them first with an ultrasonic toothbrush to place veneers on your teeth. Then they’ll use special tools to remove any stains or buildup that may be causing discoloration before putting them on your front teeth using adhesive cement until everything is set securely into place!
Afterward, you will need to take care of yourself until your next appointment, when everything is finished!
What Can I Expect for the Look and Feel of My Teeth With Veneers?
Veneers will change the color of your teeth and their shape, size, and texture. If you opt for porcelain veneers, they’re more translucent than other types of veneer materials — which means they won’t change the color of your teeth quite as much. They’ll still be noticeable, though!
Do Veneers Hurt? Will It Affect My Eating Habits?
With proper care, there won’t be any problems with your eating habits after we apply your veneers. And, since dental veneers are thin and only require a small portion of enamel to be removed, they are painless.
You may also want to consider using dental wax on the brackets while you adjust to having them on your teeth—this will keep them from irritating your gums as much as possible until they become more comfortable in their new home!
What Will It Cost?
When you hear the word “veneers,” what do you think? A fancy new pair of shoes? A fancy new car? A fancy new house? If you’re thinking about how much money all those things cost, it’s pretty easy to see why veneers seem like something only celebrities and the super-rich can afford. But the truth is that veneers are pretty affordable—and they can make a huge difference in how good your smile looks!
Dental veneer costs vary depending on the type of veneer you want. For example, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite ones because they’re made from genuine porcelain, making them more durable and long-lasting than their composite counterparts. The cost also depends on how many teeth you want to be covered by veneers.
Do I Need to Do Anything Special to Care For My New Veneers?
Your dentist will most likely recommend avoiding certain foods and drinks until your teeth are fully healed. This can range from six weeks to several months, depending on how long it takes for your gums and mouth to return to normal.
In some cases, your dentist may recommend taking a particular medication after the procedure or during healing. The best way to avoid problems is by following all of your dentist’s instructions. This will reduce the likelihood of complications and help ensure that the results last as long as possible.
You should brush and floss your veneers just like your natural teeth. Keeping up with these habits is even more critical because if plaque builds up between them, it could discolor or damage your veneers over time. Make sure that you brush both the front and back sides of each tooth — don’t forget about those hidden areas in between!
Be careful not to use too much pressure on the veneers themselves; rinse thoroughly after brushing and flossing, and schedule regular visits with your dentist or orthodontist so they can check on any potential problems with your new smile.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
The life expectancy of a dental veneer varies based on several factors, including how well you maintain your veneers and if you have any additional dental work done in the future (such as orthodontics or crowns). Most people with good oral hygiene will keep their dental veneers for ten years or longer.
Dental veneers are the perfect solution if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to brighten up your smile. They’re thin, durable, and can transform your teeth from dull to dazzling in no time flat.
How Summit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help You
At Summit Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we specialize in helping people get the perfect smile they’ve always wanted, so let us help you today!
Contact our team today to schedule your initial consultation and start working towards your dream smile!