Veneers provide people with a radiant smile that may not otherwise be achievable on their own. Often, when you see actors, news anchors, and celebrities with a smile that seems almost too-good-to-be-true, it’s because they have veneers. The process involves covering teeth that have been stained, chipped, or contain large gaps. Instead of countless medical treatments to correct the appearance of your teeth, you can find a simple solution by masking them with picture-perfect veneers. The process is quick and painless, and can usually be completed in one visit to a qualified dentist.
How do veneers work?
Veneers are small pieces of porcelain that have been measured to fit perfectly over your smile. They match the contour of your mouth and usually cover the front teeth that are displayed when you share a smile. The porcelain is fashioned to look like real teeth, and they are very durable. Your dentist will need to measure your mouth to have the veneers specifically designed to fit your teeth. After the veneers arrive at their office, they will be able to bind the veneers to the each tooth’s enamel. The binding process is irreversible and your smile will be instantly more eye-catching.
Once they are placed on your teeth, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years without needing to be replaced. Eventually, they will wear down to the point that they no longer serve a cosmetic purpose, and it is a good idea to have them refitted. Veneers can be costly, depending on where you live, and each tooth can range from $800 to $2,000. Because the cost is high, patients should be aware of the future expenses associated with wearing veneers. Veneers do not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing, and good oral hygiene is needed to keep them bright white. Through proper maintenance, you can ensure that your veneers will last as long as possible.
What are the advantages of having veneers?
Unlike crowns or braces, veneers cover the teeth and have immediate effects that are aesthetically pleasing. Every patient is eligible to receive veneers, whether their teeth have minor misalignments or need major corrections. Veneers are a cosmetic solution for patients who want a brighter, straighter, or a more perfect smile.
How are veneers placed on the teeth?
While anesthesia and sedation are not generally required for this procedure, they can be applied if the patient is suffering from anxiety. First, a mold of the patient’s teeth is made so the veneers will perfectly match and this is sent to a lab. After the veneer is created, it will be shipped back to the dentist’s office where they will be able to schedule you for a fitting. The dentist will begin by cleaning the tooth with pumice and water before the veneer is attached. Next, the veneer is slightly etched and cleaned with water before being air dried. Once the veneer is dry, an adhesive is used to cement the porcelain in place over the tooth. The veneer is then cured with light for one minute to solidify the binding process, and the margins shaped to look more natural. Your dentist may want to schedule a follow-up appointment to provide you with the opportunity to make any adjustments so the veneers will be as comfortable as possible.
If you are considering veneers as a way to improve your smile, contact Dr. Gary Bram at Dental Expressions. There is a reason why so many people in the Bayside and nearby Queens area have turned to him for veneers, implants, and general dentistry, so contact us at (718) 260-6175 to find out why.