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Are Veneers Right For You?

July 24, 2017
Are Veneers Right For You?

Are Veneers Right For You?

Porcelain veneers are a common practice in cosmetic dentistry. Veneers are thin, custom made shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to improve a patient’s smile. Veneers resist stains from food and drink better than the teeth because unlike enamel, veneers are not porous.

Patients typically get veneers to remedy discolored, chipped or broken, or unevenly spaced teeth. Veneers may also be a good option for patients who haven’t had success with any alternative whitening methods. However, veneers are not right for everyone.

Here’s what you need to know about porcelain veneers to determine if they are right for you:

You cannot get veneers in one sitting

Dentists cannot apply veneers in a single visit. The process is time-consuming and has multiple steps. Your dentist must first decide if you are a candidate for veneers, as there may be alternative treatments better suited to your situation.

If you and your dentist decide that veneers are the right choice for you, you will have an impression taken of your teeth and then wait for your veneers to be made.

Veneers are customized to your teeth

One of the great things about veneers is that they are customized to fix exactly what you dislike about your smile. Whether you want to fill in gaps, cover discoloration, or disguise chipped or broken teeth, veneers can help you do it.

The process shouldn’t be painful

While you may experience some discomfort, particularly if your teeth are already sensitive, the process of applying veneers shouldn’t be painful. The dentist will apply a topical numbing agent as well as Novocaine or an alternative numbing anesthetic to the area.

Veneers may need to be replaced

Veneers are a long-term option for fixing your smile, but not a permanent option. Veneers typically last between 10 and 20 years. How long your veneers last greatly depend on how well you take care of them. Regular brushing and flossing are required to ensure your veneers last and to protect the teeth underneath.

Veneers are an investment

Because veneers are customized to each patient, porcelain veneers are not inexpensive. And in most cases, insurance will not cover elective cosmetic procedures like veneers. Talk to your dentist about the potential cost of veneers to help you determine if they are a viable option.

While porcelain veneers are not the best option for every patient, many patients find that veneers are the best way to achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of. If you are interested in porcelain veneers, set up an appointment with Dr. Myers. Contact the Cannon Park Dental team online or at (843) 723-5346.

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