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Perfect Smile: Everything You Need To Know About Getting Veneers

October 18, 2018

Do you wish you had that perfect smile that you see on celebrities? Well, it isn't good genetics that give our favorite celebs those flawless pearly whites.

The truth is you can achieve that perfect smile, too! Everyone from celebrities to your neighbors are getting veneers to give them the smile they've always wanted.

But this is a big decision, and you shouldn't just jump in blind. Keep reading for your guide to getting veneers.

What are Veneers?

Before we dive into details of veneers, let's talk about what exactly veneers are.

Veneers are empty shells that cover your teeth. They are extremely thin, so they look and feel like real teeth. They can be made out of either porcelain or resin, and the final product is designed to look like a beautiful natural smile.

What are the Pros and Cons?

Now that you know what veneers are, you may still be wondering if they're right for you. Just like with any other cosmetic procedure, there are pros and cons to getting veneers. Below we'll discuss both the negative and positives of this procedure, but let's start with the good stuff.

Pros

The most obvious pro to getting veneers is that they improve your smile. Since they fit over your teeth, they can easily cover any issues, like gaps and chipped teeth. They are also stain resistant, so you can keep drinking that coffee and red wine and still enjoy a white smile.

Another huge benefit is that they are durable. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years, offering a long-term solution. Resin veneers don't last quite as long--only about 4 to 8 years--but that's still a long time to enjoy your smile.

Cons

Of course, even the best procedures have their downsides, too.

One of the most nervewracking parts of getting veneers is that it's irreversible. So, if you don't like them, you may be out of luck.

Another downside is that it's harder to care for your real teeth. If you don't continue proper oral hygiene, your teeth could begin to rot, and you may not know it until the problem has progressed.

What's the Process Like

If you're thinking about getting veneers, the first thing should do is talk to your dentist. They will give you more information on veneers and may even recommend an alternative that could work better for your specific needs.

If you decide to move forward with getting veneers, there are a few steps in the process.

First, your dentist will shave the enamel of your teeth down to make room for the veneers. This is how they fit so nicely in your mouth and don't make your teeth feel too thick. If you are worried about this step, you can ask your dentist about using anesthetics.

Your dentist will then make an impression of your teeth. This will be used as a model to create customized veneers for you. It could take up to two weeks for your veneers to come in.

Once they've arrived, your dentist will call you back for a second appointment. They'll start by checking the veneers to make sure they're perfect.

Then, your dentist will clean and prepare your teeth. They'll attach the veneers using special cement and harden the cement with an ultraviolet light. This may sound scary, but it's doesn't hurt--it's actually similar to how they attach braces.

Is Getting Veneers Right For You?

If you're unhappy with your smile, you may be considering getting veneers. Just follow our guide to learn if this is the right choice for you.

Are you ready to take the next step? Contact us today to make an appointment.

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