The problem of crooked teeth or tooth discoloration is quite common and affects many people. Tooth discoloration is a result of having staining foods and beverages and perhaps even smoking. Crooked teeth are an orthodontic issue that can be corrected with the help of braces. However many people are reluctant to wear braces because of the embarrassment it causes them. They are ashamed of their smile as well as the appearance fear attending social obligations even in the present-day when veneers can correct these problems easily.
Dental veneers are extremely thin shells that are tooth-colored and are attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are made from porcelain or resin composite materials will be permanently bonded to the teeth. They can be used for treating many different cosmetic concerns including chipped teeth, smaller than average teeth as well as gapped teeth.
The number of veneers you want will depend on your unique situation. Many people prefer to get just one veneer to cover a broken or chipped tooth while others consider getting 6 to 8 veneers to create an even and symmetrical smile. The front eight teeth are the most popular recipients of veneers.
If your teeth are discolored or crooked you will be embarrassed to show off your dental problems before others and will be looking forward to improving their appearance in some way or the other. You may have problems like severely discolored teeth that cannot be rectified even with professional teeth whitening. Your teeth may have broken or chipped during an accident or when playing any contact sports. These occurrences can usually be treated by veneers.
Before you get these placements you should have a preliminary appointment with your dentist to discuss the options that are suitable for you and how many veneers you want to have placed in your mouth. If your teeth are crooked and uneven you may need to consider orthodontic treatment even before your dentist can place the veneers.
The overall health of your teeth will be evaluated by the dentist by taking x-rays to look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease or the need to have root canals. You will be considered unsuitable for this procedure if you have any of these conditions. However, if you are considered suitable the dentist will be trimming down some enamel from your tooth before taking an impression of your teeth. The impression will be sent to the dental laboratory for developing your veneers.
The dental laboratory requires about two weeks to create the veneers after your dentist sends over an impression of your teeth. You can schedule an appointment with your dentist after they are in to have them placed. During this appointment, the dentist will be evaluating their fit, shape, and color to ensure they are perfect for you.
You will undergo a thorough cleaning of your teeth because it is helpful to prevent bacteria from remaining under the placements and causing decay. A grinding tool will be used again on your teeth to create a rough texture on each tooth where the placement needs to be applied. It makes it easier for the placement to be cemented to the tooth.
The dentist will be using dental cement to bind the placement to the tooth. Ultraviolet light will also be used to harden the cement quickly and by the time you are prepared to leave the dentist’s office your new smile will be on display for everyone to see. The second appointment for the placements typically lasts for about a couple of hours although some extra time may be needed if a local anesthetic is administered.
You will not be needing a lot of time for the recovery, unlike other dental procedures. You can begin eating in chewing as you normally would after the placements are cemented on and any anesthetics administered has worn off. Just be sure you don’t chew on your cheeks or tongue as the anesthetic wears off.
In some cases, you may notice some rough spots immediately after the placements are on. These are usually some extra cement that was used to adhere the veneer. It will wear down in a few days with brushing and normal eating but if they don’t your dentist can smooth them out for you.
Besides the above, you just need to ensure you don’t chew on hard objects like pencils, fingernails, and ice and avoid chewing with your front teeth. Get a mouthguard if you are involved in any contact sports because the placements can chip leading to beginning the entire process all over again.