Happy New Year! This is the year we are going to make our resolutions and stick to them, right?!? Common resolutions made are reading more, exercising regularly, eating better and developing various other habits to improve ourselves physically and mentally.
With the birth of a new year, many people desire to develop habits to reinvent themselves and begin anew. Dental veneers are asked about quite frequently, when consulting with one about doing a cosmetic makeover of the teeth.
What is a dental veneer? Dental veneers consist of a layer of tooth-colored porcelain or resin material placed over the front surface of a natural tooth to either help add length and width, change color, close spaces, align teeth or some combination of those. Imagine it as a fake fingernail for a tooth. Let’s explore how dental veneers help people improve their smiles every day by altering these characteristics mentioned.
As teeth age, they can wear down with use and with habits such as grinding teeth. The outer layer of the youthful tooth, the enamel, is more translucent, so when light hits the teeth at these points, the reflection makes them appear brighter, shinier and more youthful. Youthful teeth normally have more roundness at the edges, while worn teeth are flatter at the edges, which gives them an older appearance. These worn teeth are also more likely to have chips and cracks, which make the teeth appear more uneven.
When changing color of the teeth, it is recommended to begin with dental bleaching. Dental bleaching should be done using professional products because the dentist is able to help by advising which teeth and which parts of teeth may not whiten if fillings or crowns exist. In addition, professional dental products for tooth bleaching have better effects and longer-term results. If dental bleaching does not provide the desired color, veneers can often help cover the teeth with a whiter material to cover up the darker tooth.
Many people naturally have spacing between their teeth, and sometimes they are born with smaller teeth next to the rest of the normal sized teeth. These veneers can be designed to fill in these spaces and make teeth proportional again, blending the smile together.
Applying veneers, among other cosmetic procedures, makes for some of the most rewarding work a dentist can provide to you. Personally, dentistry was most attractive to me for the opportunity to help alleviate people’s pain and improve their self-esteem through making them smile. Planning for veneers is a team effort between you, the dentist, a dental technician who fabricates them and sometimes other specialists. A consultation appointment can be made with a dentist. The consultation normally includes establishing your desires, photographs, thorough examination of the health of the teeth and gums and molds of the teeth. Digital rendering of teeth can be done at some offices to give a preview of what the smile could look like using your photographs. A smile can also be tried in to show you what the teeth could look like in your mouth prior to doing anything to them.
I wish everyone a very happy, prosperous, and peaceful 2018!
Smile! Happy Looks Good on You!
Kristopher Rappold, DDS, FAGD, FACD