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Smile Makeover With Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment solution in smile makeovers. This is because they can address a range of cosmetic and oral health issues, such as teeth stains, misshapen teeth, uneven teeth, chips, and cracks. This review highlights how a dentist might utilize dental veneers during the smile makeover treatment process.
The dental veneers process during a smile makeover
Dental veneers are a minimally invasive and safe treatment procedure that produces long-lasting results. It has helped many patients achieve improved confidence in their smile by providing them with bright and even teeth.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain bonded to the visible surfaces of front teeth to improve their natural appearance and protect them from further damage. Dental veneers are often referred to as “Hollywood teeth” due to their popularity among movie stars, singers, and other entertainers. Dental veneers are still relatively affordable and available to many who desire to improve their smile.
The pros and cons of dental veneers
Dental veneers offer many benefits. Most notably, they provide the patient with a beautiful smile and address various concerns. The drawback to dental veneers is the price. They cost more on average than dental bonding and most other alternative solutions. They also often require minimal enamel to be removed, so the procedure is considered permanent.
When dental veneers are recommended during a smile makeover
Dental veneers are ideal for patients who want a long-term solution to achieving a brighter smile. They can address concerns including but not limited to:
- Severe stains
- Misshapen teeth
- Uneven teeth
Patients can determine if dental veneers are ideal during a smile makeover by discussing the treatment option (along with alternative options) with a licensed dental professional.
Alternative treatment solutions to dental veneers
Dental veneers are ideal for a range of cosmetic concerns addressed during a smile makeover. However, there are alternative treatment options that may be available as well. Specifically, dental bonding, a less expensive alternative treatment, can sometimes accomplish similar results. In addition, when addressing mild to moderate teeth stains, teeth whitening may be a more appropriate solution for the patient. The best way to determine if dental veneers or another form of cosmetic treatment is the best option is to visit a dentist for a smile makeover consultation.
Dental veneer FAQs
These FAQs (and answers) provide more information about dental veneers as a part of a smile makeover from a licensed dental professional.
What material are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are comprised of porcelain. Porcelain is developed from high-quality composite ceramics. Many dental professionals believe this to be the most natural-looking and longest-lasting material for veneers. Porcelain can also be easily customized to meet the patient’s precise needs. Additionally, porcelain material can be layered on incredibly thin, so only a minimal amount of enamel needs removal for the procedure.
Are dental veneers considered permanent?
Dental veneers are considered a permanent solution as they require a minor amount of enamel to be removed. The good news is that, on average, veneers typically last between 15 and 25 years. In fact, many patients have enjoyed their veneers for more than 30 years. When they start to wear down or stain, the dentist can easily address the concerns and ensure they remain attractive and in optimal condition.
How can I protect my veneers after they are placed?
Dental veneers are a big investment as a part of a smile makeover. Subsequently, you want to protect them the best you can. The good news is you can protect your dental veneers the same you protect your natural teeth enamel. This starts with good oral hygiene. Be sure to brush thoroughly several times each day. It is also important to minimize the risk of stains by limiting (or avoiding) sugar-filled beverages and other dark drinks such as coffee and tea. Also, avoid biting down on anything hard (i.e., hard candies, ice) as this can cause teeth cracks and chips. Lastly, be sure to visit the dentist for regular check-ups and cleaning visits.
Are you interested in a smile makeover to transform your smile?
We offer smile makeover treatment here at our dental practice, and we can help you decide if smile makeover treatment is right for you during a consultation visit. If you would like to schedule an initial consultation and discover how a smile makeover can transform your smile, contact us today.
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