You may think of the dentist as a place you to get your teeth cleaned, pulled, or worked on when they hurt. However, most dentists can offer you much more than that. People’s teeth can be a major source of self-confidence issues, as our society today places a lot of emphasis on the way people look. Furthermore, sometimes cosmetic issues can cause bigger, health-related problems down the road. Cosmetic dentistry is the answer to these problems, and many experienced dentistry offer cosmetic treatments.
There are a wide variety of services offered by these dentists and they all have their advantages. Today we are going to take a closer look at one of these treatments in particular. A common and extremely popular devices for smile correction treatment are veneers. They can cover up teeth stained from years of habits detrimental coloration, and they can protect tooth enamel from damage. Veneers are used so often because they aren’t difficult to apply, and they have a reputation for being durable and long-lasting.
So let’s learn about veneers:
What is a Veneer?
A veneer is actually a rather simple device. It’s an ultra-thin layer or material, generally porcelain but sometimes composite, that is molded to fit perfectly over a tooth and protect it or cover up blemishes. Porcelain veneers are fabricated from moldings of the teeth, while composite veneers can be built directly on the tooth. Porcelain is more commonly used but both material are good. With a solid understanding of what a veneer is, we can now take a closer look at why someone might get one.
Why do people get veneers?
Teeth veneers for cosmetic smile restoration, like other devices may be used to correct a wide variety of smile related issues. Let’s examine a few of them now:
- Injury or procedural related discoloration
- Discoloration due to heavy smoking
- Chipped, broken, or worn teeth
- Uneven, irregular, overcrowded, or misaligned teeth
- To cover gaps in teeth
- To cover teeth stained from fluoride or other causes
The reasons people get veneers are as diverse as the people themselves. These represent some of the main causes however. If you feel veneers may be an option for you, you should seek the advice of a dentist as soon as you can.
A History of Veneers
Cosmetic dentistry has been around almost as long as dentistry itself. Clearly it is a field that is very important to people, there are many who want to achieve a better smile. Braces are over 200 years old at this point, having been created in the early 1800s. Veneers, it may surprise you, are nearly 90 years old themselves. Of course they weren’t as advanced as the veneers we use today, they’ve only been around 30 years or so, but it shows how long they’ve been in development. A Hollywood dentist named Charles Pincus is responsible for the first dental veneers. They were actually designed to be used by actors on the set of a movie that was being filmed at the time. But they weren’t permanent and didn’t stay attached very long. He continue to work on them and in 1937 came out with an acrylic type that worked a bit better, but still was not the best solution. Further research continued, and in the 1950s the process of etching on teeth to make bonds stronger was created. Still, permanent veneers were not developed until 1982. It was then that through research it was discovered that hydrofluoric acid could greatly enhance the bonds between tooth and veneer. This process was applied and we finally had permanent veneers, much like those we use today.
The Process of Attaching Veneers
People prefer things that are easy, and that very may well be the reason so many people are fond of veneers. Attaching veneers is a non-surgical process that only requires minimal use of local anesthetics. As such, the process is easy on the patient and well-worth it. The patient usually has to be in the office for two visits before the veneers are installed. Veneers are quite attractive to those who need cosmetic work on their teeth because they are so easy to have put on the teeth.
The first step in the process is prepping the teeth and getting impressions to make the veneers. During the first appointment the dentist will take care of most of this. First a tiny piece of enamel is cut from each tooth that will be getting a veneer. It sound worse than it is and it generally won’t hurt. Next the dentist must make an impression of the teeth being covered. This is for use in the lab as the veneer is fabricated. The impression and precision equipment helps ensure that the veneer is a perfect fit. It usually take about two weeks to make the veneers, and the 2nd appointment will be scheduled in accordance with this timeline.
During the second appointment the process will be finalized. First the dentist will clean the teeth thoroughly, as this ensure the veneers don’t have a problem affixing. The veneers are then set and trimmed as necessary, and after a brief waiting period the process is complete. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to make sure everything is going as planned.
Cosmetic dentistry for smile correction is an incredibly common practice today. If your smile needs work, don’t be ashamed, just find the right dentist for the job!