According to reports, Canada is among the world leaders in oral health care. While 35% of the global population suffers from untreated dental carries, rates in Canada are much lower.
However, although Canadians’ teeth are in pretty good shape, this doesn’t mean that everyone is happy with their smile. No matter how good your dental hygiene is, you might still wish that your teeth were whiter, more even, more uniform, etc.
Dental veneers are an effective solution to these types of concerns. Are you wondering whether you should undergo the veneers process in pursuit of a dazzling smile?
There are quite a few misconceptions around the veneers process. If you want to determine whether veneers are right for you, keep reading.
How to Prepare for the Veneers Process
Before you begin the veneers process, there are a couple of things you will need to do. The first is to weigh up the pros and cons of veneers.
Weigh Up the Pros and Cons of Veneers
The first thing to know about veneers is that they are non-reversible. Once you undergo the veneers process, you can’t simply have them removed and go back to how your teeth were before.
Fortunately, most patients who receive veneers are very happy with them and would not want to go back to the way their teeth looked previously.
The veneers process is not reversible because it requires some of your tooth enamel to be taken off. Once this is done, you won’t be able to go without veneers to protect your teeth.
Another potential drawback to veneers is that they are relatively costly. However, veneers are also very long-lasting, and typically only need replacement every 10-15 years. If you take good care of your veneers, they could last up to 20 years.
Veneers are also highly resistant to staining and are one of the most effective and instant ways to rectify chipped, stained, irregular, and oddly-shaped teeth. Veneers will almost instantaneously give you a perfect smile, often without orthodontics.
Research shows that dental health and the appearance of healthy teeth are inextricably linked with people’s sense of social functioning and self. Because veneers are an immediate solution to getting a perfect smile, they can be a big self-confidence booster.
Consult With Your Dentist
The next thing you will need to do is consult with your dentist. They will take x-rays of your teeth and jaw and from these be able to advise you as to whether you are a good candidate for veneers.
To have veneers, you typically need to have a stable bite and teeth that are in relatively good condition. Vey compromised teeth that are weakened with many carries and fillings are not a good base to attach veneers onto.
If you have any untreated cavities, these will need to be filled before you undergo the veneers process. You might also need to have teeth cleaning session with an oral hygenist.
During your initial consultation, your dentist might also talk with you about what type of tooth shapes you’d like, such as more angular or more rounded, and assess the best color options.
Plan Out Soft Food Meals
Once you have an appointment for your veneers process the final thing you’ll need to do is plan out soft food meals for a period of a couple of weeks after you have been fitted with temporary veneers by your dentist (more on this below).
What Is the Veneers Process?
The veneers process is relatively straightforward.
During your first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing a portion of the enamel. They will then take a mold of your teeth, which gets sent off to the lab where your permanent veneers will be made.
To protect your teeth in the interim, the dentist will attach temporary veneers onto your teeth. These look like permanent veneers, but they are not as durable so you will need to take extra care not to dislodge or crack them.
Once your permanent veneers are finished, you will need to go in for a second appointment where your dentist will attach them to your teeth with a very strong adhesive.
If you are wondering how long do veneers take, the entire veneers process lasts around two weeks. However, there is just about no downtime, and the appointments won’t be too lengthy.
Like we said above, there isn’t really any downtime involved with veneers, besides the requirement of eating only soft food before your permanent veneers are fitted.
However, after your initial appointment, you might experience discomfort and tooth sensitivity. Because some of your protective tooth enamel isn’t there anymore, your teeth will probably be quite sensitive to hot and cold food and drink. They might also be generally sore and painful.
After you have your permanent veneers fitted, you might again experience some pain and discomfort. It can also take a little while to get used to the feeling of the new veneers, as your teeth will feel a little different.
How to Take Care of Veneers
If you’re wondering how to take care of veneers, veneer maintenance and post-care are exactly the same as regular dental hygiene. All you have to do is brush and floss your teeth as you usually would.
Although veneers are very strong and long-lasting, they aren’t quite as hard as natural teeth. Therefore, you should exercise care when eating harder foods so as to avoid chipping or cracking your veneers. If you do chip or crack a veneer, you can have it replaced.
Finally, veneers are also very resistant to staining. However, because they are porcelain, you can’t whiten veneers like you would regular teeth. Therefore, it’s also a good idea to reduce the chance of staining by not consuming excessive amounts of coffee, wine, chemical food colorants, etc.
Do You Want to Get Veneers?
As you can see, the veneers process is quite straightforward. With very little downtime you can get a picture-perfect smile and instantly cover up hard-to-hide imperfections such as chips, staining, cracks, and irregularly shaped teeth.
Are you thinking of getting veneers?
One of the dental services we provide here at The Dental Team is veneers. The Dental Team is located in Brampton, Mississauga, Milton, and Vaughan/Maple, Canada. Contact us today to arrange an appointment to discuss whether or not veneers are right for you.