Veneers might seem like an excellent choice for those who are looking to improve their smile. But there are some things that you might not know about veneer dental treatments and it might sway your opinion about whether or not they are the right option for you. Firstly, there are several different criteria that need to be met before you are granted permission to have them fitted and this is all done during a consultation with your dentist.
They will check your general oral health and hygiene as well as the overall condition of your natural teeth before determining whether veneers are a suitable solution for you. Here is everything you need to know about veneers in order to help make an informed decision. However, you must see your dentist to make doubly sure that veneers are a good option.
What are veneers?
Veneers are slim pieces of ceramic that are made to look exactly like natural teeth, including the colour and shape of them. They are bonded to the natural teeth securely using strong adhesive in order to alter the appearance of your natural smile. Veneers are often chosen as an effective way to disguise discoloured teeth or ones that don’t look in-keeping with the rest of your smile.
The veneer treatment itself is relatively painless, when done correctly. However, there are a small number of cases where some tenderness may be felt, depending on the patient and any underlying conditions they might have. For more information about how your veneers are fitted, ask your dentist for some expert advice and guidance.
Here at Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic, we have a team of specialist dentists with many years of experience behind us. You can always count on us to restore your smile with veneer treatment in Loughborough and the nearby areas.
How long will veneers last?
Veneers, when looked after properly, will last for decades. With this in mind, veneers will last for just as long as natural teeth when cared for adequately. However, there are some things that you’ll be asked not to do when it comes to having veneers, including not drinking fizzy drinks, coffee or red wine, so as to prevent staining.
You will also be advised to refrain from eating whole apples, toffees and boiled sweets in order to prevent the veneers from being chipped or cracked. If you adhere to the guidance laid out by your dental professional, then veneers will last a lifetime.
How to care for veneers
Veneers need to be cared for in much the same way as natural teeth. It is a common misconception that the same care and attention is not needed with veneers as they are made up of different materials and finishes, in comparison to natural teeth. To the contrary, veneers need to be looked after in the same way as natural teeth.
This means brushing them twice a day and after meals, ensuring you floss on a regular basis and that you go to regular dentist check ups. You want to maintain the integrity of your veneers in much the same way as you would look after your natural teeth. In addition to making sure they look and function properly, it will also prevent gum disease and other dental issues, including bad breath and plaque build-up.
What makes me a good candidate for veneers?
Most people can have veneers fitted, provided they have excellent oral hygiene and are generally healthy overall. However, just because the majority of people will make great candidates for veneers, there are some who will be offered alternative treatment. You will be given alternative treatment in the following cases:
- A tooth, or one tooth, is experiencing severe decay
- There is gum disease present
- There are signs that the patient regularly clenches or grinds their teeth
- There is a noticeable reduction in tooth enamel on one or more teeth
- A portion of the tooth is missing
If one or more of the aforementioned applies to you, this does not mean that you won’t be able to have veneers fitted, eventually. Treatment will be needed to rectify your dental issues prior to having your veneer treatment carried out, so discuss your options with your dentist before considering having veneers.
Are veneers (really) right for me?
Veneers might seem like an easy option for those wanting to improve their smile, but it is important that you consider the aforementioned points that we have touched upon before making a solid commitment to veneer treatment.
If you have any further questions about veneers, including working out how much they would cost, then you will need to get in touch with your dentist. We have a team of highly-skilled, fully-qualified specialist dentists on hand who will be able to provide you with all of the information, advice and guidance you need in order to make a decision that is right for you.
Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic is pleased to offer patients throughout Loughborough and the surrounding areas with unrivalled veneer dental treatment to help restore your smile as well as ensure you can eat and laugh again with complete confidence. If you would like further information about how we can help you with dental treatment near you, get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable, professional team – we are always here to help, whenever you need us.