If you've ever considered getting veneers - a thin porcelain plate that is permanently attached to a tooth to mask the color, shape or restructuring of a smile - read this article to fully understand the experience. Because veneers are A. forever (well, in a way) and B. quite expensive.
1. You have to go to someone very well known to get really great results.
This is an aesthetic procedure, but it is also a serious dental procedure (!!), so you will want to see the dentist's work to make sure they are good and that you like their style. Also, make sure you like the work before and after; that you can see their work done for at least 5 years and still like it. Think at veneers like some silicone implants ... you'll want to make sure you like them 100% before they're put on, because removing them is NOT a fun experience.
2. Veneers are not a necessity, but they are an option.
Anyone can benefit from dental veneers; you don't like the look of your teeth or the shape of your smile, mainly people who put on veneers, they want to correct a problem. For example, clients who choose dental veneers are those who want a quick fix to braces (!!), who have crooked teeth, some do not like the color of their natural teeth, others have chipped or simply replace an older dental work.
3. A shape of a smile does not suit everyone.
Patients come up with an idea about what they don't like about their teeth, and then the doctors' job is to take that something and transform it completely. Unlike hairstyles, you can't just take a picture with the smile of someone who has veneers and say: I want the same !! What works for someone's face doesn't work on your face either.
4. Imperfections = perfection.
We don't believe in making your teeth look perfect; Instead, you need to keep the character of your smile while maximizing it. We also don`t want the veneers to completely change your previous tooth shape and be visible to anyone who is looking at you. The feeling that people must have when they see you is: "Look what beautiful smile he has."
5. You don't have to get veneers on all of your teeth.
You can make a single tooth or your entire set of teeth - it really depends on your needs and budget.
6. If you plan to have lip fillers (or any type of plastic surgery), tell your dentist about it before treatment.
Any other facial intervention changes almost everything your doctor takes into account when designing your smile. Ex: If you inject your lips, whether or not you have veneers, this procedure can shade your teeth, making them look grayer. Curious, isn't it?
7. Choosing the color will always be a complicated thing.
Patients generally want matte white teeth but all available colors should be considered depending on each person's skin; because of this, some smiles look very fake.
8. After discussing what you want and what you need, temporary veneers are made.
To make sure you will get what you just discussed with your dentist, he will take a mold of your teeth and make temporary veneers out of a liquid composite. Think of it as a model for teeth. You can create a special wax-up pattern so that you can see exactly what the new smile will look like, so you can decide. It won't be as bright as the ceramic veneers and it's a little more voluminous, but don't worry, it's just ... temporary.
9. "Prep" does not mean that your tooth is about to be polished until you have only one stump left.
Ninety-nine percent of cases should not be sanded more than 0.5 millimeters [think: thinner than your fingernail]. The whole process of DSD (Digital Smile Design) makes the preparation of the teeth minimally invasive because the shape of the final smile is known before you start.
10. Before the final veneering process begins, you will be numb with localized anesthesia.
Think of it as plastic surgery for your teeth. Depending on how many veneers you get, you can be in the chair for hours. For example, for 10 teeth the average is about three hours.
11. Special bonding cement is used to make the veneer adhere to each tooth.
Bonding cement is a substance that microscopically creates bridges from your natural tooth to porcelain / ceramic so that it adheres to the tooth and becomes one and the same. After the cement is set and the veneer is placed on your tooth, the cement is hardened with a tiny UV light to ensure the final position. This process takes about an hour for 10 teeth.
12. The sensitivity after cementing is real and can happen to you.
Fifty percent of patients have sensitivity after cementation, which is a reaction between the teeth and the bonding cement. The extreme pain it comes with can last six hours after the anesthesia goes away, followed by a dull pain that comes in waves. Consider Ibuprofen during this time.
13. Your gums will be painful.
In addition to possible cementation sensitivities, there is a general healing process that the gums go through, as they need to reform around the new teeth. Again, take Ibuprofen because you will need it.
14. Veneers are an investment that you need to take care of.
Veneers are sometimes prone to commonplace accidents because the stimuli are no longer the same as for a natural tooth. That is why it is recommended protection plans and the use of special toothpastes for veneers, with a low abrasion index. We recommend using PRANOYA, the only toothpaste that takes care of both dental cosmetics (veneers, crowns, implants, gums) and natural teeth that require remineralization. Moreover, they have an innovative formula that ensures the restoration and care of the gums faster both pre-veneers, post-veneers and post-implants.
15. Like breast augmentation, veneers have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, then need to be replaced.
However, if you do not take care of them (brushing with special toothpaste and floss ), you need to replace them sooner. Either way, at some point, you have to opt for a new set. To ensure that the work is in order, it is recommended to go to the dentist once every 6 months for a check and prophylaxis.
16. To replace the veneers, remove them very carefully and resume the process.
Don't worry, veneer removal techniques have evolved and can be removed with a laser, thus completely eliminating the risk of accidentally grinding the tooth more than necessary.