Veneers have become a popular choice in cosmetic dentistry to restore a patient’s smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to treat patients that have suffered from decay, trauma, excessive wear, or discoloration. Although veneers are an ideal solution to improving your smile, people are hesitant at the prospect of getting them based on misconceptions. At Tower Dental Associates, we want our patients to have all the facts. Here are the most common misconceptions we hear about dental veneers.
1. The Application Process Is Uncomfortable.
Veneers are a thin cover made of either porcelain or composite resin that will recreate the natural look of teeth but provide more strength and resilience than natural tooth enamel, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
The veneers process will begin with a primary office visit where one of our dentists will prep you for the application process. This preparation will include taking X-ray images of your teeth and will trim about half a millimeter of your tooth’s enamel. Our dentist will trim your tooth enamel to permit the placement of the veneer. An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory. This impression assures that the veneer will be the perfect fit for the surrounding teeth.
After two weeks, your dentist will double-check the fit and color of the veneer. This process includes our dentist cleaning them thoroughly and then roughening the tooth surface for the application process. During the application process, a local anesthetic is used to assure that you don’t feel any discomfort. The veneer is attached to the tooth with cement, then the dentist will use ultraviolet light to harden it quickly.
2. Veneers Are Only Useful For Aesthetic Purposes.
The most common reason for a patient to get veneers is to whiten teeth that cannot be whitened by traditional methods. However, veneers can be used to enhance the overall appearance of a smile. They can also help a variety of dental issues including large gaps, uneven spaces, chipped, or misshapen teeth. Veneers are known most commonly to only be used on the front six teeth because those are the most noticeable but, they can be used on any of your teeth as needed. Veneers can additionally be used to fill-out cheeks and rebuild broken or worn molars.
3. Veneers Don’t Look Natural
Dental advancements and techniques have made it to where modern veneers will have the look and feel of a natural tooth. When your dentist receives the custom form from the dental laboratory, they will make sure that the thickness and shape are the same as the neighboring teeth. The form is made with a high-quality porcelain material that gives the same shine that a natural tooth does when light hits it.
When our dentist is working on customizing your veneers, they will order a shade for your veneers that match your natural teeth. Your veneers will then match with the neighboring teeth. If you find that there is a noticeable difference in shade between your veneers and your natural teeth, our dentists can always blend the shade to eliminate any differences. By shading the veneer to match your surrounding teeth, the veneer will avoid looking too bright or unnatural.
Dental Veneers With Tower Dental Associates
Veneers are an excellent treatment choice for improving the appearance of your smile. If you are interested in improving your smile with experienced cosmetic dental professionals, schedule an appointment with Tower Dental Associates today to get a natural, healthy-looking smile!