There are multiple components that come together to help us remain confident and feel our best. We pride ourselves on our accomplishments, take care to exercise and keep our bodies healthy, and we carefully curate our wardrobes to exude the image we want to portray. Unfortunately for many of us, however, a crooked or imperfect smile may be the thing stopping us from going from feeling good to feeling great. In the past, we were stuck with what we were born with and simply had to make do. Fortunately, however, recent decades have seen huge advancements in the ability to curate an individual’s smile. From braces to teeth whitening, it seems there is a way for everyone to achieve the smile of their dreams. One of the fastest, most long lasting ways to enhance your smile is through the process of porcelain veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that fit over the front of your teeth giving you a new, custom designed smile. The shells can be made from porcelain or composite resin and generally last for over a decade. The size, shape, and color of your veneers will be entirely customizable so your new smile will be exactly what you've envisioned!
Porcelain vs Composite Resin
Porcelain veneers are the more popular option due to their durability and stain resistance. Porcelain won't pick up stains like natural teeth, so your new set of teeth will stay pearly white for years to come! Composite resin, on the other hand, is a cheaper alternative that is great for those on a stricter budget. Composite resin is also much easier to fix should a chip occur, so keeping your smile intact is much easier with this type of veneer. If a porcelain veneer cracks or chips, the entire tooth will need to be replaced.
How are they placed?
To begin the process of having your veneers placed, you will first go to your dentist for an initial consultation. He or she will take a mold of your mouth and discuss with you what you hope to see with your new smile. An order will then be placed for your custom veneers to be made, and when they are ready to placement process will begin. Oftentimes veneers can be put in place in one session, however sometimes multiple trips to the dentist are required. Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will file down a small amount of the outer layer of your enamel, creating a rough surface to adhere the veneers to. Each veneer will then be cemented in place and filed down to the shape and size you desire. Because of the need to wear down the enamel before placing veneers, it's important to note that this process is permanent and not reversible.
You don't have to continue navigating life with a smile that is less than what you want! Inquiring about veneers is the first step on your path towards the smile of your dreams, and your dentist will happily discuss your options with you.
If you're ready to start moving toward a more confident, happy you, give us a call at Valley Dental Care in Aurora and Oswego to schedule your consultation today!