Do I really need veneers? Getting a healthy, renewed and natural-looking smile while improving the overall aesthetic look of our mouth is something many of us would love. Dental veneers can be a successful treatment option to get that picture-perfect celebrity smile.
WHAT DO PORCELAIN VENEER TREATMENTS INVOLVE?
A porcelain veneer or laminate is a thin ceramic layer molded and sculpted to cover the front surface of your teeth. It helps your smile look nice, smooth and natural by reconditioning color, shape and/or size. Treatments with laminates normally include just a couple of steps:
1. Your teeth will be carefully adapted for porcelain veneer treatment. This includes taking molds, selecting the right shade and having a small amount of your natural teeth removed. At this point you will wear provisionals for a few days, which will be almost identical to the final porcelain veneers made in the dental lab.
2. If you are happy with the look and feel of the provisionals, the final laminates will be carefully bonded to your natural teeth.
Keep in mind that if you have veneers, you need to have your teeth professionally cleaned to ensure continued good health.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED VENEERS?
Scheduling a dental consultation and asking your dentist if laminates are a suitable option for you is definitely the starting point.You can opt for porcelain veneers to enhance your smile if you have problems related to
– twisted or crooked teeth – misshapen or irregularly shaped teeth
– gapped teeth – stained or worn down teeth
– broken teeth
BENEFITS AND DOWNSIDES
It might be useful to consider both the pros and cons of laminates before deciding whether this is the right cosmetic dental treatment for you.
Some of the benefits:
– Your teeth will look naturally flawless
– Treatment is quite short
– Treatment does not require a big quantity of your natural tooth being removed
– Laminates resist stains better than natural teeth
– Veneers are strong and resilient. They will function just as well as the natural tooth
– Maintenance is low, as long as you brush and floss regularly and have your teeth professionally cleaned at least 2 times a year
However, veneers might not be a solution for you considering that:
– Treatment is irreversible: some part of your tooth or teeth will be removed
– Changes in color cannot be guaranteed: the rest of your teeth might change color overtime, but the veneer will not (a possible solution to this is teeth whitening)
– Porcelain veneers may be more fragile: they may crack more easily than crowns or fillings, for example
If you have weak enamel, advanced gum disease, or for those used to biting their fingernails, biting ice or opening containers with their teeth. Also, if you are a grinder, veneers might not be a good fit for you.