“I would never smile in pictures and I would cover my face. When I was speaking I would hold my hand on my lips, it was awful. Immediately after getting the veneers on the front - immediately the big smiles. I saw pictures of myself and I could not believe the difference. I thought ‘My gosh that girl's pretty again, look at her.’ People would notice and say, ‘You seem more confident.’”
Dental veneers are very thin covers that are placed on the front surfaces of teeth to correct aesthetic defects like:
Veneers are made of translucent, tooth-colored material so they look completely natural and blend seamlessly with neighboring teeth. They’re a great solution to getting a beautiful smile in a short period of time.
Veneers usually require two visits. At the first visit, a very small amount of tooth surface is removed to make room for the veneer’s thickness so the restoration doesn’t “stick out” above the surfaces of the neighboring teeth. An impression is made of the tooth and then sent to a lab where the veneer will be custom created. Then a temporary restoration will be placed on the tooth to protect it. At the second office visit, the temporary veneer is removed and the tooth is carefully cleaned, then the veneer is placed on the tooth using a very strong adhesive. Finally, the edges are gently buffed for a perfect fit.
Veneers can be cared for like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups to make sure the veneer stays in good shape and properly adhered. It’s also important to avoid biting hard foods or substances like ice or hard candy to prevent chips in the veneer or the underlying tooth. Unlike natural tooth material, a veneer cannot be whitened, and although the veneer material is very resistant to stains, rinsing well after consuming foods or beverages that can cause discoloration will help ensure the veneer continues to look its best. It’s also a good idea to have a veneer applied after a teeth whitening treatment to ensure the veneer matches your teeth when they look their best.
With proper care, a dental veneer can last 10 or more years.
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