Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
Do you cringe every time you look in the mirror? While there are many different cosmetic dental procedures out there today, few are as beneficial as porcelain veneers. Thin sheets of porcelain that fit over the front of your teeth, veneers mask the appearance of your natural teeth without harming your ability to chew and enjoy your favorite foods. Here are five other benefits of porcelain veneers:
Veneers can look natural.
You may have seen celebrities with stark white veneers that look obviously fake. If this is the look you are going for, your dentist can certainly help you achieve it with veneers. But most people want a far more natural appearance. Your dentist can customize the color of your veneers to suit your needs.
Most people choose a slightly off-white shade to make their teeth look like they are natural, but very well cared for. You can choose longer or shorter, wider or narrower veneers based on what looks natural with your face shape and mouth size. If you need some guidance, your cosmetic dentist can show you digital images of what you'll look like with different colors and sizes of veneers.
Veneers can be applied quickly.
If you were to straighten your teeth, have them whitened, and have chips repaired, you would spend hours in the dentist's chair—not to mention, months on end with braces in your mouth. Veneers, on the other hand, are quick and easy to apply. Usually, your dentist will apply veneers across two appointments. At the first appointment, they may prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel before making a mold of your teeth. Once the veneers are made from the mold, you'll return for a second appointment, during which they are cemented in place.
Veneers cover multiple issues.
Most other cosmetic procedures, like whitening and bonding, only address a single dental issue. Veneers, on the other hand, can cover all that is wrong with your teeth at once. If you have one cracked tooth, some stains, and a tooth that looks too small, a set of veneers will even everything out. Your results will usually be more consistent than if you have each individual tooth fixed via a different procedure.
Veneers are easy to live with.
You only have to make a few small changes to your lifestyle and habits when you have veneers. You need to avoid opening packages with your teeth and eating very crunchy things, like ice, since these things can crack the veneers. You also need to avoid drinking staining liquid, like red wine and coffee, when possible. The liquids won't stain the veneers. (Porcelain is impervious to stains.) However, they will stain the cement that holds the veneers in place, and if your veneers are on the thinner side, you may see a hint of those stains through the veneers.
Other than that, you just have to brush your teeth twice a day and see your dentist for twice-a-year checkups, as is usual, when you have veneers.
Veneers have few side effects.
Since you don't have to undergo surgery or a long dental treatment process to get veneers, the side effects are few and far between. Some patients do notice that their teeth are sensitive after having veneers applied. This is mostly due to the thin layer of enamel that your dentist must remove before cementing the veneers in place. However, the sensitivity will go away within a few weeks, especially if you use sensitivity toothpaste.
If you think veneers may be a good choice for you, talk to a cosmetic dentist at a dental office like Parklane Dental to learn more. They can give you an estimate for the veneers and let you know whether that can adequately camouflage your tooth issues.