Everybody wants a perfect smile, and veneers are often thought of as a common, simple cosmetic solution to achieve that dream. No major surgery is required, and in some cases, your veneers can be fitted in a single appointment. It’s easy to see why they are such a popular option, but there are a few things you should know about veneers before you make a commitment.
What are Veneers For?
The primary function of veneers is to disguise any unwanted blemishes and imperfections in your smile that make you feel self-conscious. These may be discolouration, minor misalignment, cracked or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, or simply aesthetic irregularities. Veneers can also help to change the shape or size of teeth.
Porcelain v. Composite: Which Veneers are Right for You?
There are two main types of veneers: porcelain and composite and they both have different procedures and commitments.
Porcelain veneers serve as a mask for your teeth – they are thin porcelain shells that, once applied to the front of your teeth, enhance the shape, style, shade, and alignment. With proper care, brushing, and flossing, they can last for over a decade as they are durable and stain-resistant.
Composite veneers focus more on solving issues with cracked and stained teeth, or teeth that are in need of being reshaped and resized. The tooth surface is roughened and the soft resin is bonded to the tooth and hardened. Once the resin is set, your dentist can reshape and polish your teeth to provide you with a dazzling, natural-looking smile.
Porcelain Veneers are a Lifelong Commitment
Porcelain veneers require your natural teeth to be slightly reduced in order to ensure a perfect and comfortable fit. A small amount of enamel will be removed from each tooth – a process that is irreversible. As a result, your porcelain veneers will be a lifelong commitment, and any damaged veneers will require a replacement. This is why it is vital that you are in the care of experienced cosmetic dentists during the procedure.
It is also important to note that porcelain veneers do not last forever. With proper care, they may last for 10 or even 20 years, but be prepared to have them replaced as time goes on.
They’re Not as Painful as You Might Think
We know that no one relishes the thought of dental procedures, but with veneers, there’s no need to worry. As with any procedure, there may be some discomfort, but all of the necessary steps are taken to ensure the utmost comfort for each and every patient.
Talk To a Professional
Before you make any long-term decisions, make the time to sit down with a dedicated cosmetic dentist first to talk through your options and your reasons for considering veneers. With their years of expertise, they’ll be able to help guide you down the path that will lead you to the brightest smile.
To find out more about veneers, visit our website or contact our Ipswich dentist today on (07) 3814 3311.
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