How To Get The Perfect Smile With Veneers
How To Get The Smile Of Your Dreams With Veneers
Many of our patients here at Bonaventure Dental Care in Baton Rouge are opting to undergo smile makeovers. And veneers are a very effective choice for a smile redesign as this procedure can be done quickly and easily.
Veneers are a great option for a smile makeover as they can cover up several imperfections such as making short teeth look longer, closing gaps or disguising chipped or stained teeth. They can create anything from a Hollywood smile to a more natural looking smile and give you an instant cosmetic transformation.
Firstly, what are veneers?
Veneers are custom-made wafer-thin shells which basically fit over your teeth to improve their appearance, a bit like a false nail. They also protect your teeth from damage and can help create a beautiful smile.
They are tooth-colored and matched to your other teeth. The veneers are bonded to your teeth to change the length, size, shape, or color. They are great for hiding stained, gappy, crooked or damaged teeth. The procedure is quick and minimally invasive.
Types of Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a popular option, and these are made of custom-made high-quality tooth-colored ceramic shells which are very versatile and long lasting. They are durable and resistant to stains and usually last on average 10-15 years, sometimes even beyond.
No-prep veneers (Lumineers) are a type of porcelain veneer but are made even thinner than the standard porcelain veneers and are great for minor tooth problems. One plus is they require little, or no removal of the tooth enamel to bond them into place. They merely go on top of the teeth without any lengthy preparation.
How are they fitted?
First we will select the tooth shade which best matches your other teeth. An impression and images will be taken of the tooth, or teeth, for the veneers and this will be sent to the laboratory to make the veneers. In the meantime a temporary veneer is usually fitted before you return for your second appointment.
For porcelain veneers, the tooth is prepeared underneath to slightly roughen the surface to enable the veneer to stick to the tooth. A special cement is applied and the veneer is fitted. Typically porcelian veneers are irreversible due to the preparation. No-prep veneers on the other hand are reversible as little or no preparation of the tooth underneath is required.
Taking care of veneers?
Aftercare and good oral hygiene are key to maintaining the longevity of veneers. It’s often advisable to avoid foods or drinks that may stain your teeth and avoid chewing on items which may damage your veneers such as hard candy or pencils! Of course, we advise you to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and of course brush and floss regularly.
What are the main benefits of porcelain veneers?
There are numerous benefits to veneers. They brighten your teeth and give you an instant natural looking dazzling smile. They can cover a variety of imperfections from chips, cracks, misshapen teeth, gaps, staining, pointy teeth or small teeth. They are durable and less invasive than crowns or implants whilst treatment time is pretty quick as they require only one or two appointments.
The downside to porcelain veneers is they are permanent until the end of their lifespan and if chipped cannot be repaired so replacement is the only option.
You can find more information on veneers here or schedule an appointment with us at Bonaventure Dental Care to find out the best type of veneers to suit you and your smile.