What To Know About Veneers

There are many possibilities you can choose from when you struggle with your teeth. You can get dentures if your dental health is bad, there are fillings and many more, but what about veneers? Although it is a popular method, many people don’t know about veneers and what they are.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are custom-made, thin shells that are put over the top surface of your teeth to give it a perfectly natural appearance. They can be placed over yellow-stained teeth, chipped or worn down. They are considered to be cosmetic surgery and will help those who crave to have a better appearance and be more confident when they smile.

Are They Permanent?

While most people associate veneers as being permanent: many don’t know that there are temporary veneers. Temporary veneers are custom-made and moulded like permanent veneers, but they are removable! They snap onto your teeth and even allow you to eat or drink while they are in! They are more affordable than permanent ones and can hide imperfections just as good as permanent ones. Permanent ones are more common among dental patients, but they are usually replaced every 15-20 years depending on how well they are taken care of. With permanent ones, only the dentist can remove them, unlike temporary ones.

How Much Do Veneers Cost? 

The cost may vary with different dentists, but the average cost is anywhere from $925 and $2.500 per tooth. Temporary veneers can cost anywhere from $250 and $1.500. Some insurance companies may cover some of the bills depending on their plan. Always talk to your dentist and insurance company before making the decision.

Are They Reliable?

Yes, they are reliable, and many people may not even notice you have veneers as they look natural: but if you’re not careful or don’t take care of them, you can break them. Eating hard, crunchy foods can do this as well as teeth grinding. Before getting veneers, let your dentist know if you grind your teeth so they can see if veneers are a fit for you.

What If Only A Few Of My Teeth Need Them? 

You don’t have to get a full set of veneers! Depending on what your situation is, your dentist may only recommend putting veneers on the teeth that genuinely need it. For example, if all of your teeth look great except for a few, your dentist can do only the ones that are cracked, yellow or worn clown.

Will I Have To Get Any Teeth Pulled For This Procedure?

No! As explained above, veneers are a thin shell that goes over the top surface of your teeth! Getting veneers (permanent or temporary) is a non-invasive procedure and does not require any extractions of teeth.

What Happens When You Get Veneers? 

First, you will consult with your dentist about getting your veneers. They will do an examination and see if you qualify for veneers. If there are any dental cavities or infections, your dentist will take care of those first. The next step is shaving. Your dentist will shave off a skinny layer off of the top part of your teeth and take a mould of them. You will get temporary ones in the meantime while you wait for the permanent cast to come in. In about a week to two weeks, you will go back to your dentist, and he/she will take out your temporary veneers, put bonding cement on and place your permanent veneers on.

What Is The Recovery Time?

Eating, speaking and biting down may feel weird or uncomfortable for the next one to three weeks while you recover. Temporary sensitivity is normal following the procedure. Your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment in two to four weeks to check up on how you are doing as well as see if the veneers look good.

Are There Any Restrictions After Getting Veneers?

Although there are no permanent restrictions, there are some for the first few weeks. The most important thing to remember is not to eat any hard, crunchy foods for at least the first few weeks after getting veneers. Your teeth will be sensitive, and it can also break or crack the veneers. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash is perfectly fine, and there are no major restrictions.

What Kind Of Veneers Can I Get?

There are two different kinds of veneers that you can get

The most common one is porcelain veneers. With porcelain veneers, they will take a few dentist visits and have many benefits such as tough resistance toward stains, they last longer and help preserve the natural look. The second kind of veneers is called composite veneers. Composite veneers only take one dental visit and are applied directly to your teeth. You can get several composite veneers put on at once as well as easily repaired. They are also less expensive than porcelain veneers.

What Happens If They Break Or Need To Be Replaced?

Although they usually do not need to be replaced before 15-20 years after, sometimes they can break/crack if you are not careful and do not properly take care of them. If they ever break/crack, always make an appointment as soon as possible with your dental provider. At your visit, your dentist will do an examination and see which veneers need work. If it is a few, your dentist will fix them individually rather than redo the whole process over again. Depending on the severity also depends on how long it will take to fix them.

Will People Be Able To Tell I Have Veneers?

People you know may notice a difference in your teeth, but others will not! Veneers are made to look as natural as possible. Your dentist will make sure your veneers, whether they are permanent or temporary. have a natural shade compared to your natural teeth.

Now that you know some more information on veneers, you should decide if they are the right fit for you before visiting your dental provider. Make sure to tell your dental provider any past issues, surgeries or fillings you’ve had with your teeth before getting any veneers.

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