Am I a Candidate for Veneers?

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Veneers are a dental procedure involving thin, white coverings over your teeth. There are two types of veneers - porcelain and resin. Both are ideal solutions for people wishing to improve their smiles. There are many reasons why you can opt for veneers.

Factors That Qualify the Use of Veneers

Veneers are the last option after all other less invasive options are unsuccessful. Various factors qualify you for veneers. These include:

Cracks on Your Teeth

If you want to fix the cracks on your teeth, veneers are an ideal option. You can repair cracks on multiple teeth or a single one. Cracks on teeth may be a result of an accident or biting on hard food items. Veneers are also advisable as a cosmetic solution. This option is versatile for teeth with stains and those that are disproportionate.

When Whitening Treatments Do Not Work

If you are uncomfortable with your smile because of stains on your teeth, veneers will go a long way in improving that. Veneers should be your last resort after all other whitening options fail. Discoloration of teeth may occur due to several factors.

Some include large resin fillings, root canal, excessive fluoride, or bad lifestyle habits. Before choosing to get veneers, it is advisable to consult your dentist on other options. Porcelain veneers are the best option in this case. This is because they last longer and are resistant to stains.

Spaces Between Your Teeth

Veneers are an ideal solution for bridging spaces between your teeth. It can only work if the spaces are small and not as a result of a lost tooth.

Straight Teeth

To qualify for veneers, you must have fairly straight teeth. If you have a misalignment in your teeth, porcelain veneers may not work. Misalignment puts pressure on your teeth, which can crack the porcelain veneers.

Process of Dental Veneers

The process of applying dental veneers happens in two stages. These are to be done in separate appointments after getting a green light from your dentist. The first stage involves identifying and preparing the teeth for the procedure.

Your dentist will proceed to file down a small portion of the enamel on the surface of your teeth. Next, they will take an impression of your teeth that they will use to create the veneers. They will then cover your teeth with a generic veneer, ending the first stage of the procedure.

The second stage of the procedure begins with the removal of the generic veneers from the first stage of the procedure. They will then place the bespoke veneers over the teeth using a curing light and an adhesive. The last step involves the polishing of the veneers to match the color of your other teeth. You may have to book a future appointment for the dentist to ensure that the veneers are okay.

Though veneers are thin, they are durable. You must maintain proper dental hygiene to get the most out of your veneers. Veneers are not ideal for people who grind their teeth, as they may chip or crack.

To see if you are a candidate for veneers, schedule an appointment with Eagle Gate Dental at our office in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can also call (801) 781-5300 to book an appointment today.