Maybe you were born with a mouth full of mismatched, discolored teeth, or perhaps the hands of time have worn your pearly whites thin. Whatever the reason you're unhappy with the way your smile looks, it's in your best interest to have the matter resolved. In a world as crazy, unpredictable, and fleeting as this, sometimes a smile is the only thing that's going to get you through. Cherish that expression of happiness on your face by making it as beautiful as it can be so you have more reasons to smile than ever. Porcelain dental veneers can help you do just that.
Why Should You Get Veneers?
There are a number of reasons you might not be happy with your smile, and veneers provide a simple, yet effective solution. Maybe you subconsciously cover your mouth when you smile, hiding some imperfection from the world, when it would be so wonderful just to let that smile out with no inhibitions. Most often, people get veneers to solve problems associated with the aesthetics of teeth, such as the following problems:
- You have broken teeth.
- Your teeth aren't evenly aligned.
- Your teeth are a dingy yellow or otherwise not as white as they should be.
- Your teeth are worn down.
- There is a huge, noticeable gap between your two front teeth.
While other cosmetic procedures at the dentist may involve extractions and Novocaine or anesthesia, the process of having veneers installed isn't so intimidating. Your individual circumstances may vary; however, in general, the situation will be cut-and-dry, without major interruptions to your mouth. This is what will be involved in getting veneers:
- An examination to ensure the veneers are your optimum choice.
- X-rays to help the dentist gather the data needed to fabricate well-fitting veneers.
- A little trimming of your enamel, to make way for the new teeth covers.
- An impression of your existing teeth (a soft goo would be placed in your mouth, most likely) to perfectly mimic their surface and structure.
- Fitting and adjusting, as the dentist creates the veneers to match your teeth with scientific precision.
- Bonding to seal, followed by the application of the veneers directly to the surface of your teeth.
- Some people do ask for a local anesthetic during trimming, but your dental professional will go to great lengths to make you comfortable, personally.
What Are The Advantages Of Porcelain Veneers?
When you feel better about the way your teeth look, you're naturally inclined to let that smile flow freely, but there are other advantages to using veneers to solve the various dental issues you may be faced with:
- Gums tend to adjust easily to the new fittings in your mouth.
- Your teeth will look amazingly natural, only much improved.
- The porcelain used in veneers is highly resistant to stains, such as from coffee or wine.
- You can actually choose the exact shade of your new veneers, meaning they'll perfectly match your natural teeth, if preferred.
- Veneers are very strong and durable, bonded to last for a long time.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
While few would argue with the benefits of having total freedom to smile and laugh, veneers are not without a few issues. Some may find the issues more cumbersome than others, although in general, veneers are more well known for the problems they solve, rather than create:
- If you clench your teeth frequently, veneers aren't a good choice for you.
- The process of trimming the enamel on your natural teeth can't be undone.
- Your teeth are still subject to cavities, meaning if you develop one under a veneer, you'll have to have it removed in order to repair the cavity.
- You may become more sensitive to temperatures, with some of your enamel removed.
It's just too fun to let a smile out or to throw your head back in an unabashed fit of laughter to have to worry about how your teeth look to others. If you're truly unhappy about your mouth, stop hiding your smile and do something about it. Veneers offer just one solution to your quandary and your dentist has plenty more possible solutions to help you.