Dental veneers are thin shell-like coverings which can be placed over the front part of a tooth, so as to hide any imperfections. The teeth which get covered are usually the front teeth, i.e. those which are most visible to observers. The main point of having veneers installed is to improve your smile, so you can be more confident about the appearance you present to the world. Many people who have veneers put in place feel a great deal more self-confidence, and are more enthusiastic about interacting socially with others.
There are several different types of veneers you could have installed, and the type you choose may simply be a matter of your personal preference, or it may be more closely aligned with your budget restrictions. Porcelain veneers are among the most popular types, because they can be matched to your existing tooth color, and because they typically last 10 to 15 years. Composite resin veneers are made of the same material which is used to fill tooth-colored cavities, and they are somewhat less expensive than porcelain veneers.
Palatal veneers are used to improve the look of anterior teeth, and they help to overcome damage resulting from bruxism or dental erosion. Lumineers are the longest-lasting of all veneers and they can also have a better aesthetic appeal than porcelain, but they are more prone to chipping and cracking. Removable veneers are non-permanent in nature, and can be removed at any time, but are not usually as durable as some other veneer types.
There are many reasons why people opt to have dental veneers installed. In some cases, they wish to alter the color, length, or size of their teeth. Teeth which have become cracked, chipped, or broken can be covered up very well by having veneers installed over them. Sometimes, teeth get worn down by excessive grinding, and this too can be covered up by veneers. Whenever a tooth is noticeably discolored or stained, this is a situation that can be handled effectively by installing veneers. Some individuals choose to have veneers installed so as to lessen the gap between the front teeth, and make their teeth look more normal.
The first step necessary is to remove a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of your teeth, so as to make room for the implementation of the veneer. Then an impression will be made of your tooth structure, and that impression will be sent to a dental lab which specializes in producing dental veneers. Then you and your dentist can decide on a veneer shade which matches your existing teeth, so the veneer looks natural when in place. Once the veneers have been prepared by the lab, you will need to make a second trip to the dentist so they can be fixed in place and customized to the contours of your mouth.
Veneers can repair teeth simply and easily, so as to dramatically improve your smile in a short period of time. They also provide a very natural appearance, so that no one can really tell you have them installed. The process itself is minimally invasive and causes no real discomfort to the patient. Veneers are also a semi-permanent solution to whatever your smile problems are, and they can last as long as 15 years or more if properly cared for. If you're looking to acquire a whiter-looking smile, porcelain veneers will provide you with exactly what you're looking for, so you can impress everyone you meet.
Once you've had your dental veneers installed, you should brush and floss your teeth just as you normally would. It would be advisable to try and avoid eating foods or drinking beverages that normally cause stains to develop on the teeth. Even though porcelain veneers do not easily stain, it's best not to degrade the investment you made in achieving a whiter and brighter smile.
If you've been thinking about having dental veneers installed, contact Dr. Konstantine Trichas of Basking Ridge, NJ. You can either call us at (732) 503-8914, or fill out the contact form on our website and submit that. We are experts at installing dental veneers, so you can count on having fully customized veneers put in place, and on having your smile enhanced considerably. Don't wait - start enjoying the benefits of a brand new smile today!