The Basics of Dental Veneers

Woman teethEverybody loves a good smile and bad teeth can be a source of embarrassment that can greatly stand in your way to social interaction by hurting your self-esteem. Dental veneers, otherwise known as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers can remedy your sorry dental situation by recreating the natural look of teeth.

The decision to get porcelain veneers can be driven by many factors from aesthetic needs with the need to restore proper tooth functionality. Porcelain veneers have proved an extremely successful alternative to discoloured or shapeless teeth. Furthermore, replacing original teeth with porcelain veneers can sort out bite-related problems.

The majority of people look up to celebrities as trend setters. If keen enough, you should have noticed by now that almost all celebrities have a smile out of this planet—a picture-perfect smile. Their squeaky-clean teeth appear too bright and well placed within the gum line—not a single tooth appears crooked. In fact, you would be forgiven to believe they don’t indulge in tea and coffee plus other foods known to stain the teeth. However, don’t be fooled. Those in the know are aware that celebrities use dental veneers. So what should you do if you want a smile like your favourite celebrity?

teeth (3)To begin with, your dentist will most probably analyse your smile to come up with a working method on how to create your desired smile. This is a necessary step towards achieving a killer smile because no two mouths are alike. Therefore, a thorough research into veneers is important.

After creating a diagnostic mock-up, the dentist will require you to try out different veneers as he carries out cosmetic imaging of your various new smiles. The pictures generated will help you make an informed choice as to which smile you think is closer to the one you want.

Now to apply your chosen veneer, the dentist will slightly scrap away a section of your original teeth enamel. The veneer is made of several layers of thin ceramic plus an adhesive layer. Light-sensitive resin is used between the veneer and the original tooth and then hardened by means of a special curing light to create a perfect bond between the two.

teeth (1)You can also choose to have ’no-prep’ veneers. That is, veneers that don’t require the dentist to scrap a sizeable amount of original teeth enamel for them to fit. Some patients consider them a better alternative since the fitting procedure is shorter and comes with less discomfort as compared to traditional veneer. However, a word of caution is that this kind of veneer doesn’t fit everyone and your dentist should be able to give his honest opinion as to whether this kind of veneer will correct your dental imperfection to a reasonable degree of satisfaction.

So there you have it. Thanks to dental veneers, the next time you find yourself standing before a camera in a social gathering and somebody screams ’say cheese!’ you don’t need to cover your mouth with your hand or force a wide grin like a desert gecko. There is a perfect remedy out there for you.