You have been thinking about getting veneers but you are wondering what they are, how they work and whether they have lasting benefits. Veneers are quite common, and they are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over teeth to correct minor problems. This article will answer the most frequently asked questions about veneers.

What problems can veneers be used to correct?

Veneers can be used to correct a variety of problems. They are used to cover up mild discolorations, they are commonly used to cover up cracks and chips, they can be used to correct crooked teeth and they can also be used to fill in small gaps between teeth. If you would like to cosmetically improve your teeth veneers are an excellent way to do it.

What are the benefits of veneers?

The biggest benefit of veneers is the one mentioned above – they can be used to correct problems such as discolorations, cracks and gaps. Veneers are very useful for those who want to avoid costly cosmetic procedures that may do damage to teeth. If, for example, one has colored teeth one solution may be to whiten them, but if you whiten your teeth too often they eventually become very sensitive and even painful. Veneers can be used to whiten teeth without any damage to them at all. Veneers are also beneficial for those who are seeking a confidence boost – if you have always felt shy because you don’t like the way your teeth look it may be time to invest in veneers.

How long does the procedure take? You will need at least 2 visits to get your veneers in place. During the first one the dentist will examine your teeth to determine the damage. If they are too damaged he will advise you that veneers will not do – he will recommend a different procedure to solve your problems. If veneers are indeed necessary the dentist will shape the teeth and then take molds which he will use to make your veneers. Once your veneers are ready – they usually take between one or two weeks – the dentist will call you in for the fitting. The veneers will be bonded to your teeth using glue and filed down slightly to ensure that they fit properly. If some of the edges are rough the dentist will file them down until you are completely comfortable.

Can veneers come off?

If your veneers are properly bonded to your teeth they shouldn’t come off. Some dentists use laser to ensure that they create a lasting bond between the veneer and the tooth. It isn’t unheard of for veneers to fall out. If this happens retrieve the veneer and go to your dentist right away for reattachment.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers can last a long time if they are taken care of properly. Most people are able to use their veneers for between 10 and 20 years. Having veneers is no replacement for proper oral care. You should still brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss after meals. You should also see your dentist at least once a year. If after many years your veneers start to show damage your dentist will remove them and replace them with new ones.

Can veneers get stained?

No, your veneers will never get stained. When they are fitted your dentist will match them to the color of the rest of your teeth so that your smile looks natural and their color will never change. However, you should take care of the rest of your teeth to make sure that the color remains uniform – if they stain they will look different from your veneers.

What should I do before by veneer dental appointment?

There is nothing much for you to do before you come in for your appointment. If, however, your teeth are crooked he may recommend that you get braces to straighten them out before you can get veneers. If they are highly discolored he may whiten them a little so that the stains do not show through the veneers.

What should I do after I get veneers?

After you get veneers your mouth may feel a bit odd for a few days – don’t worry, you will soon be back to normal again. The edges of the veneers may feel rather rough, but this is usually the bonding cement and it will wear down after a few days and the veneers will feel like your normal teeth. If you want your veneers to last there are certain things you shouldn’t do – don’t bite down on hard objects such as candy and pens, don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles and don’t use your front teeth to chew.

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