Your smile is one of the first things many people notice about you, and aside from what other people think, the way your smile looks can affect how you feel about yourself. If you feel embarrassed or unhappy with your smile, it may be time to look into cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help. In particular, you may want to consider porcelain veneers.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers for teeth are thin sheets of porcelain. The dentist creates a mold and sends it to a lab where your veneers are created. Then, the dentist bonds the veneers to your teeth. In some cases, the dentist may need to shave down a bit of enamel before attaching the veneers.
What Issues Can Dental Veneers Help?
Porcelain veneers can help with a number of cosmetic issues. If your teeth are too pointy or if you don’t like their shape for other reasons, a veneer can help reshape them. They can also help to eliminate some small gaps between the teeth and cover little chips or cracks. Struggling with discoloration? Veneers can help with that too.
Can You Customize Veneers?
You get to customize the type of veneers you choose for your mouth, and in fact, if there’s a movie star or even a friend whose teeth you love, you may even want to bring in a photo to your consultation. That gives the dentist a better idea of the final effect you are shooting for.
You can also customize the color. If you want a sparkling white smile, you can get that, but if you just want veneers on a couple teeth, you can have them colored to match the rest of your teeth. It’s up to you.
What Is the Process of Getting Veneers for Teeth?
Generally, as mentioned above, the process starts with a consultation. The dentist will look at your teeth to ensure they are healthy, and you will talk about your goals with veneers. Then, if necessary, the dentist will take care of any issues such as filling cavities, and he or she will take a mold of your mouth.
It can take the lab anywhere from two to four weeks to craft the veneers. At that point, you return, and the dentist puts the veneers on your teeth. If you are only getting a couple, that can happen in a single appointment, but if you are getting lots of porcelain veneers, it may take a couple of appointments.
Are There Alternatives to Veneers?
There are no alternatives to dental veneers, but there are similar products that may work better in some cases. In particular, your teeth need to be in good condition for the veneers to work. If you have a cavity on the surface of your tooth that has a deep depression, onlays or inlays may be a better option. If you have severe rot or decay, a dental crown may be the better option.
Ready to start the journey to your new, beautiful smile? Then contact Walton Center for Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today with our Loganville dentist, or use our online appointment tool.