Do you desire a perfect smile? Do you want to fix your broken or misaligned teeth? Teeth shaving, also known as veneers, may be the best solution for you. Veneers can help you get the smile of your dreams without any dramatic changes or intrusive surgery.
Veneers are made out of thin porcelain shells that are specially customized to fit over your teeth. A dentist needs to take an impression of your teeth in order to create the veneers. Once fitted, veneers can help hide chips, cracks, and discoloration. They can also fill in gaps between teeth and help realign crooked teeth.
But before you get started on your veneers journey, there are a few things you need to understand about teeth shaving and veneers. Read on to learn more about veneers and discover tips and techniques to help you get the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells made out of porcelain or resin-based materials that are fitted over the front of a tooth. They are sometimes referred to as “smile makeovers” as they can help cover up chipped or damaged teeth, fill in gaps between teeth, and even realign crooked teeth.
Veneers are often used alongside tooth whitening, bonding, and enamel shaping to achieve the best result. For example, if you want to close gaps between your teeth or make large teeth look proportionate, you can combine veneers and enamel shaping to achieve the desired result.
What Types of Veneers Are Available?
There are two different types of veneers available – traditional veneers and no-prep veneers. Traditional veneers require that the dentist first shave down your tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. This can take up to two visits with the dentist and also require the use of a local anesthetic.
No-prep veneers don’t require any shaving of the tooth. The veneer is applied directly to your tooth without altering any of your natural tooth structure. This makes no-prep veneers less invasive and faster to apply.
No-prep veneers can be a good choice for those looking to make minor aesthetic improvements to their smile. However, if you have more serious issues such as large gaps between teeth or misaligned teeth, you may require more invasive treatments such as orthodontics or traditional veneers.
What’s Involved in Applying Veneers?
When you get traditional veneers, the dentist will first shave away a small portion of your enamel to make room for the veneer. An impression of your tooth will then be taken and sent to a lab to create the custom veneers. The dentist will then bond the veneers to your tooth.
No-prep veneers require only a one-time visit to the dentist. The dentist will match the color of the veneers to your natural tooth and then fit it over the front of your teeth. The veneers are then securely bonded to your tooth without any changing of the natural tooth structure.
What Are the Benefits of Veneers?
Veneers are a safe and minimally-invasive way to get the perfect smile. They are used to fix a number of aesthetic issues such as chips, cracks, discoloration, and misaligned teeth. They can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth or help make large teeth appear more proportional.
Additionally, veneers are generally very durable and can last for many years with proper care. They can also improve your confidence and make it easier for you to smile in public.
Are There Any Risks to Getting Veneers?
Although veneers are a safe and minimally-invasive procedure, there are potential risks associated with them. It’s important to talk to your dentist about any risks before getting veneers so you can make an informed decision.
Some potential risks include sensitivity to hot and cold foods, teeth grinding, and gum tissue recession. Veneers can also make it harder to bite or chew certain foods. Additionally, veneers can become stained over time.
How Can I Maintain My Veneers?
It’s important to maintain your veneers in order to keep them looking their best. Here are some tips to help preserve your veneers:
- Practice good oral hygiene: Make sure to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Veneers can become stained or discolored if you don’t take proper care of your teeth.
- Don’t clench or grind: To prevent any damage to your veneers, try not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice any signs of teeth grinding, talk to your dentist about using a night guard.
- Avoid certain foods: Veneers can be damaged by hard and crunchy foods, so it’s important to avoid biting into hard items such as ice or hard candy. Additionally, it’s best to avoid staining foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine.
- Use a non-abrasive toothpaste: Choose an ADA-approved non-abrasive toothpaste to use when brushing your veneers. Avoid using toothpastes with harsh abrasives as this can scratch the enamel and cause damage to your veneers.
Veneers can be a minimally-invasive and affordable way to get the perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Before getting veneers, it’s important to understand the types of veneers available and the risks associated with the procedure. With proper care and maintenance, your veneers should last for many years.
If you’re interested in exploring teeth shaving and veneers as an option to get the perfect smile, contact your dentist today to get started.