A person’s smile can either be his source of confidence or insecurity. Because of this, people who are not satisfied with the quality of their smile often employ ways to improve them. One of the ways is to make use of veneers.
A veneer is a thin layer of material that is placed over each tooth. This primarily serves two purposes. First is to improve the aesthetics of a tooth. The second is to protect the surface of the tooth from damage. Generally though, veneers are used to attain a person’s desired smile.
But before deciding to make use of these, it is important to know all the pros and cons of using veneers. It goes without saying that the first you should do is to choose a dentist whom you can trust. Make sure that this dentist has enough knowledge and experience over the procedures involving veneers. Dentists who have had extensive training from known cosmetic institutions would be a good choice.
When you’ve decided on your dentist, make sure to have him clarify a few important things first before proceeding with the procedure. Here are some of the questions that you may ask from your dentist.
Do you need to change the color or shade of your teeth first? Keep in mind that once you have veneers, you will always have veneers. If you feel your teeth are slightly discolored, maybe you can have them whitened first.
For what specific purpose will my veneers serve? Improving your teeth’s aesthetics is of course the primary purpose. But this can be very broad. Discuss with your dentist the specifications that you want done. Is it about the shape of your teeth? Is it the size that you want improved? Also ask your dentist over the areas that he thinks you should improve on.
Are there any major changes that you will encounter or feel after completing the procedure? Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind afterwards is that veneers are not meant for heavy biting. They are made of ceramics and therefore not designed to endure biting on hard food. Since veneers may also cause the opposite set of teeth to wear away, ask your dentist for a nightguard which you can wear. The nightguard doesn’t only protect the opposite set of teeth from wearing out; it also protects the veneers themselves.
Are there any practices or medication to maintain? As for medication, there are generally no drugs needed, but ask your dentist as well just to make sure. However, it is very important to practice good oral hygiene. Make sure to brush and floss at least twice a day.
By Clausgast (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons