All About Veneers

William Hazlitt once wrote “A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” We rely on our mouths to communicate even when we aren’t speaking. A smile can mean many things and can accomplish quite a bit but what if you are one of the many people who weren’t born with perfect, straight, white teeth? Unfortunately too many beautiful smiles are hidden by people who find themselves self-conscious about the state of their teeth. Whether it is a discolored tooth, gaps or spacing, or you simply want a whiter smile there are many ways to improve the appearance of your smile. One of the most common ways to make your smile brighter is to have your dentist apply veneers to your teeth.

Feeling confident about yourself is so important and feeling good about your smile makes it possible.

Feeling confident about yourself is so important and feeling good about your smile makes it possible.

Veneers are very thin layers of ceramic or porcelain bonded with your real teeth to give them a cleaner more vibrant outward appearance. The process is virtually pain-free and usually requires no anesthesia. Usually this can be done in three appointments: diagnosis, preparation, and the actual application. The first step in the process is to buff the existing teeth slightly to allow for the additional layer. Once this is done a mold will be taken of the teeth and sent off for the veneers to be made.

Once the process of crafting the veneers is complete the dentist begins aligning them on your teeth to make sure that they fit and are the appropriate color and size. Once this is verified the dentist will begin painting the cement onto the first tooth and applying the veneers. A special beam of light is used to harden the cement to complete the bond.

It may take some time to adjust to the new size and shape of your teeth. It is important to take extra care of your new teeth to make sure they stay the nice pearly white that they have become. Brush twice a day and floss (which should be standard practice anyways). You will have a follow-up appointment to check the bonding of the veneers.

While veneers are not perfect replicas of your real teeth they do go a long way in making your smile look brighter and neater. It is important to maintain them just as you would your normal teeth. While veneers may not be the answer for everyone’s dental difficulties for some they make all the difference. Before you know it you will be smiling with a new confidence.

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