Few things attract our attention like someone with a welcoming, bright, white smile. Study after study has shown that people with confident, straight, attractive smiles are generally seen to be more friendly and trustworthy and make a better overall first impression. For those of us who weren’t born with a perfect set of pearly whites, however, a crooked, gapped, or yellowed set of teeth can cause us unnecessary hardship and angst. Confidence is sometimes hard to come by, and for some people their smile is the only thing keeping them from walking out into the world with their heads held high. But did you know that a perfect smile doesn’t have to be a thing of your dreams? Modern dentistry has come up with many ways to help set teeth straight, and veneers are quickly becoming one of the most popular options for those of us hoping to improve our grins! If you’re curious about veneers, you’re in luck! Today, we’re looking at the basics of this tooth-enhancing procedure.
What exactly are they?
The American Dental Association (ADA) describes veneers as thin, custom designed shells that fit over the front of your teeth to improve their appearance and strength. Veneers are colored to blend in with your natural teeth and can help cover up any number of imperfections, from discoloration to gaps to chips in the teeth. Because veneers are placed by first filing down a small section on enamel, they are almost always permanent solutions to crooked or gapped teeth.
What are my options?
There are two main types of veneers: composite resin and porcelain. The ADA notes that placing porcelain veneers can often take longer to place than composite resin because they need to be custom made in a facility outside of the dentist’s office. Alternatively, composite resin veneers can be molded right in your dentist’s office and reshaped in real time. Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will remove small layers of enamel from the front of your teeth and place the veneers on with resin cement, keeping them in place for years to come. There are benefits to both porcelain and composite resin veneers, and you and your dentist can work together to decide what is best for you. Porcelain veneers are often stronger than their resin counterparts, they are almost impossible to stain, and they have a very natural look to them. Composite resin veneers, alternatively, are most cost effective, easier to repair if damaged, and can be applied in your dentist’s office without a long waiting period.
Cosmetic dentistry has the ability to enhance everyone’s lives, and there is likely a procedure out there that is perfect for you! From veneers to bonding to simple teeth whitening procedures, there are dozens of ways to leave your dentist’s office feeling better than you did when you walked in.
If you’re considering veneers to permanently enhance your smile and boost your confidence, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Dental Roots in Naperville to schedule a consultation today!