All You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Veneers
More and more celebrities, bloggers and social media influencers are getting veneers and talking about it publically, and it has a lot of us are wondering if they are an option for us (because who doesn’t want a perfect smile?). Veneers are actually a newer and less invasive option to caps or crowns. While this may sound like an exciting solution for you, veneers are irreversible, so it is important to have all of the facts before you decide if they’re right for you.
Who can get veneers? Almost anyone can get them! That being said, everyone’s mouth is different and it is important to touch base with your dentist to make sure veneers are a viable option for you.
What are veneers? Veneers (not the wood kind; don’t worry, you won’t look like George Washington) are defined by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as “thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” As mentioned above, they are less invasive than a cap or a crown, as much less of the tooth is shaved down to place the veneer on.
Where can I get veneers? You can get them on any one tooth or on all of your teeth. This is all up to you and your dentist, but it is important to note veneers can also be pricey, ranging from $800- 1,200 per tooth. Not all dentist offices are equipped to fit you for or place veneers, so you may need to do some research.
Why would I get veneers? There are a number of reasons you may want veneers. There is the cosmetic appeal, making your smile whiter, brighter and straighter. There are also the dental hygiene reasons, including chipped or stained teeth, fractured teeth, or to fill gaps. It is important to keep in mind that in all of these scenarios the veneers do need to be replaced every 10-20 years based on how they wear down (no matter how well you take care of them).
How do I get veneers? You will need to set up an appointment with your dentist to discuss all of your options before making this big decision. Some dentists will even be able to show you a digital image of how you would look with the veneers. If at that point you decide to move forward, your dentist will get a mold of the tooth/teeth you are getting done. A layer of your enamel will be removed to make room for the veneer, then the veneer is adhered to your tooth with light curing treatment.
Make sure you weigh all of your options with your dentist. If you’re still not sure if veneers are the right choice for you then you can wait and re-evaluate at any point. And no matter what, don’t stop showing off that smile just as it is!