What Are Veneers?
Have you ever wondered why celebrities all seem to have such perfect teeth? They weren’t all just born lucky—most of them actually have veneers. Veneers are thin, porcelain wafers that are placed over the surfaces of teeth to address a number of cosmetic issues. Unlike crowns, which cover the entire tooth, veneers are only used on the surfaces, so there is much less preparation involved and minimal loss of the natural tooth. Once they are bonded, veneers will stay in place and be virtually undetectable.
Cosmetic Concerns That Are Fixed with Veneers
Veneers cover a world of cosmetic concerns. They are often used to cover chips and cracks in the surface of the tooth, providing not only an aesthetic improvement but also helping to protect the nerves inside the tooth. They can also be used to address minor spacing and alignment issues and to cover severe tooth staining that doesn’t respond to whitening treatments. Veneers are usually only used on teeth that are visible near the front of your mouth, where patients have the most cosmetic concerns.
Good Candidates for Veneers
Before you get veneers, your dentist will want to ensure that your teeth and gums are otherwise healthy. Veneers may not be the right solution for you if you grind or clench your teeth, as you could do damage to the veneers, or your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouthguard to reduce the risk of this kind of damage. Your dentist will also ensure that veneers are the best option to treat the cosmetic concerns you have. For some cases, your dentist may recommend teeth whitening, crowns, or other cosmetic dentistry treatments, depending on your goals for your smile.
What to Expect When You Get Veneers
It is necessary for your dentist to remove a small portion of the enamel on the teeth that will be getting veneers to make space for them. An impression will be made of your teeth so the veneers can be crafted to fit perfectly. When the veneers are ready, your dentist will bond them to your teeth and make any necessary adjustments so they look and feel natural. No special care is required for your veneers. Simply brush and floss each day and see your dentist regularly to maintain your great results.
Make an Appointment Today to Get Veneers
Appointments are available at Gilbert Dental Group for cosmetic dentistry treatments. Contact us to schedule a consultation and find out if veneers are right for you. We’re available to answer your questions about veneers in Greenville and all of our other services.