Dental veneers are a possible solution to help you achieve the look you desire. They are a popular choice for those with chipped teeth, a gap between teeth, or misshaped teeth.
Dental veneers are thin covers that adhere to teeth to give teeth a more classically shaped look. Aspen Dental practices offer a variety of dental veneer options to choose from. Talk to your dentist about what's best for you.
According to the American Dental Association
Get a good toothbrush and get a new one on a regular basis. The toothbrush that works the best would be one that's softer on your gums. People who end up bleeding after brushing their teeth need a softer toothbrush. Change your toothbrush frequently, at least every 3 months.
If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
teeth that are stained and can't be whitened by bleaching
If you have sensitivity to temperature in your teeth, it may be wise to switch toothpastes. First, however, you should set up an appointment with a dentist to ask for recommendations. Your dentist can then see if there are any other factors that are causing your sensitive teeth.
chipped or worn teeth
crooked or misshapen teeth
uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
Replace your toothbrush often. You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months. Regardless of whether or not your toothbrush looks new, it probably has frayed bristles. The older the toothbrush, the less effective that it will be in doing its job. Replace them every three months to keep your dental hygiene at a high level.
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material. Your dentist will help you choose the material that is best for you. Each type of veneer has its own benefits.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth.
Do not only clean the surfaces of your teeth. You need to cleanse under the gums and the gum surfaces also. A cavity below the gum line is especially bad, so it's important to keep that area as clean as you can.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
they are strong and long-lasting
they have a natural-looking surface
A byproduct of good oral health is good breath. When you utilize good oral hygiene, you will help prevent sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. As you eat, bacteria breaks down the food and forms these volatile compounds.
less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
they don't stain easily
a ceramic veneer being placed on a chipped tooth
Have your teeth cleaned and checked by a dentist twice a year. Dental cleanings are something that are important. During your cleaning, your dentist will check for cavities and other oral problems such as gingivitis. By catching these types of problems early, treatment can be less invasive and cost less, too.
A ceramic veneer is placed
a ceramic veneer after being placed on a chipped tooth
Inquire about a sealant if your kid has lots of cavities. A sealant can be thought of like a clear coat being applied to each tooth. It is permanent and helps children with weak enamel and those prone to cavities. There is usually not a need to be sedated to get a sealant applied to teeth at the dentist's office.
Steps to place porcelain veneers:
To prepare the teeth, the dentist usually removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. This makes room for the veneers so that your teeth look natural.
The dentist makes an impression, or mold, of the prepared teeth. The dentist also decides on the veneer shade that will be best for your smile.
Make sure that you understand the use of oral irrigators. If used properly, they help to clean your mouth out. They do not replace the need for brushing your teeth. This is primarily because they don't attack the plaque in your mouth. Oral irrigators can actually push bacteria behind your gum tissue if not used correctly.
The impression is sent to a dental lab that custom-makes the porcelain veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days. The dentist may give you temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
At the next visit, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
Further changes may be made at a later appointment.
If your wisdom teeth are bothering you, your dentist may recommend extraction. This is quite safe, and you won't miss them a bit. An infected or impacted wisdom tooth will need to be removed immediately, but it is best to extract it before this happens.
Composite resin veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of composite resin veneers:
Use a straw for your drinks. Drinking through a straw means your beverages goes through the lips and down the throat instead of coming in contact with your teeth. This will make sure your teeth don't get stained as much. You can get a big pack of straws at a local grocery store for a cheap price.
usually less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers
may mean fewer visits to the dentist-- sometimes these veneers take just one visit
cost less than porcelain veneers
Brush your teeth three times daily, for about two minutes every brushing. If you keep your teeth clean regularly, you won't have to worry about gum disease or cavities. Also, keeping your teeth clean and healthy will save you money in the long run, so be sure that you make this a habit.
are easy to fix if they get damaged; although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly
Steps to place composite resin veneers:
After the teeth are prepared or reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material using a color that is best for you.
Replace your toothbrush once every two or three months to prevent bacteria from developing. Get a toothbrush that has medium or soft bristles because the harder ones make you lose your enamel. To help ensure a quality toothbrush, choose a name brand one.
A special light is used to harden the composite and bond it to your teeth.
The veneers are smoothed and polished to look like natural teeth.
Before you get veneers
You can keep your teeth cleaner and stronger by chewing sugar free gum. Chewing gum produces extra saliva inside your mouth. This saliva can prevent plaque from building up. They can neutralize harmful acids that can damage your teeth.
Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you get veneers Your dentist can treat any disease or decay before your veneers are placed.
Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may suggest you wear a plastic dental night guard while sleeping.
Although your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, the process can not be undone once the enamel is removed.
Good dental care is about more than brushing and flossing your teeth between dental visits. It is important to take a proactive role in keeping your mouth healthy. Avoid tobacco products, coffee and tea. All can permanently stain your teeth.
It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
After you get veneers.
If you nice looking teeth, then you should avoid smoking. If you presently smoke, quitting will help increase your oral health. Many resources can assist you in quitting. Your physician can offer you support when the time comes for you to stop smoking.
Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your veneers. But do let your dentist know if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. He or she will correct it before you leave the office.
Keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing each day. You can still get cavities under or around veneers. Look for dental care products that show the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance. This says that a product has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness