If you want to give yourself a more beautiful smile without braces or whitening, a veneer may be your best option. Veneers are small porcelain covers for your teeth. They fit over the front of the teeth and fill in empty spaces or improve the coloring of the tooth.
You might think a veneer would stick out in your mouth, especially if the rest of your teeth have slight discoloration. While most people do have teeth that aren’t pearly white, the veneer doesn’t have to be a bright white color either. The veneer will be chosen to match your surrounding teeth so that no one but you and your dentist will know you are wearing it. The dental technician will find the perfect shade to match the rest of your mouth.
This veneer process usually takes two visits. The first one is to prepare the teeth and take molds to cast the veneers from. To prepare the teeth, the dentist may chip away some of the enamel to create a better surface for the veneer to attach to. This can make your teeth feel rough, but they shouldn’t look noticeably different.
During the second visit, the dentist will place the veneer on the tooth. Your tooth stays intact, except for any enamel that is removed from it. The veneer is applied to the front of the tooth with an adhesive. It looks like a regular tooth, but it is designed to fill out or brighten your smile.
Veneers can be used to fill in gaps between teeth or to create a whiter, brighter look for the teeth. If there are several stained or discolored teeth, you may want to have several veneers put in at once. This typically isn’t a painful or uncomfortable process, and it is over very quickly. The veneer should last for years, so long as you take good care of it.
It is possible the veneer will chip or break, just like your regular teeth can. If that happens, a partial veneer may be used to fix the chip, or the entire veneer may be replaced. You can keep that great smile even if something happens to your veneers.
If your tooth has a chipped or broken section that the veneer is being used to cover up, then a whole veneer will still be used for the tooth. This ensures that the veneer will be large enough to bond correctly to the tooth and not fall out at the slightest problem. The veneer will be thicker for that part of the tooth that is chipped or broken.
Veneers can be a great way to make your smile more beautiful, but the cost of the procedure will vary from practice to practice and will depend on how many veneers you need to be done and how severe the damage is to your teeth. Talk to your dentist about pricing before you schedule a visit to have your teeth prepared for a veneer.