What To Know Before Getting Veneers

Dental veneers are custom made, thin ceramic shells that get adhered to the front side of your teeth. Our Beverly Hills, CA porcelain veneers can last for many years, decades even, if they are cared for properly. The material is tinted so that it matches the white shade level that looks best for your complexion. Thankfully, with recent advancements, veneers now have the same translucent quality compared to real teeth, so those who desire brilliant smiles that look natural can obtain this look. Veneers are a good choice for those who want to keep  their teeth but require further correction than whitening can provide.

What does getting veneers entail?

Getting veneers put on takes several steps, which will be performed over the course of two to three visits and within 2 weeks typically. As a team member from TruGlo Modern Dental explains, the process starts with a consultation and check up provided by your dentist. They will evaluate your smile, see whether you are a good candidate for veneers, and then review the plan for how to move forward if you wish to do so. If you need any dental implants or fillings, those will have to be addressed first.

Is there a way to test trial veneers first?

The next step in getting veneers is having your dentist prep the teeth by shaving a minor amount of enamel down, less than your fingernail thickness, from the front of the teeth. An impression of your teeth will be taken for temporary veneers that will remain until your permanent set is ready. The temporary veneers are effectively a way for you to test drive the new teeth and decide if you want to make any adjustments. This will also allow you to decide whether you want to make changes to the shape or color of your teeth.

Will veneers help me feel better about my smile?

After the porcelain veneers have been created, you will go back to your dentist office and have them applied. The temporary veneers get removed and the new ones are bonded through cement and applied to your teeth. Permanent veneers are carefully installed and then your new smile is ready to be shared! Many people find that after they get veneers put on that they are more confident about themselves and are more willing to have social interactions with others without worrying about teeth insecurities.

How can I take care of my veneers afterwards?

After you get your veneers put on, you’ll also have to make sure that you take care of them well, or they may not last as long as they could. If they feel uncomfortable for more than a few days after placement, then you should contact your dental office. Keep in mind that you’ll likely be sore and this is completely normal. You may experience some sensitivity on your teeth from the bonding cement, but this feeling will pass as your mouth heals and adjusts to the veneers being applied. Avoid chewing on anything that could ship your veneers, such as ice or hard candy. Take care of your veneers just like you would with your regular teeth, including flossing regularly and brushing twice a day.