Navigating the World of Veneers

by | Dec 19, 2020 | Cosmetic Dentistry, Veneers

Veneers seem simple enough at first glance. They are coverings for your teeth, to improve the appearance of your smile. But when you get down to the details, you realize that there are actually a lot of important decisions to make when going through the process of getting veneers with your Draper Utah Dentist.

Every person looking to get veneers, be it for stained teeth, gaps, chips, or whatever else, should receive some kind of consultation. What will be talked about in this consultation? Many things, including the type of veneer, the shade and the timing of each step.

One type of veneer, called a “prep-less veneer” by some, just rests on the existing tooth. A traditional porcelain veneer requires slight tooth reduction for the veneer to have the right fit. Ask your dentist which type of veneer might be best for you. Remember that veneers must retain their functionality (if you plan on eating, that is), and the more traditional approach often better preserves this functionality.

In our day of modern dentistry at Elite Smiles in Draper, dentists have the tools at their disposal to make sure veneers both fit and look right. A dentist can even create a mock-up that allows you to try your veneers before they are placed permanently.

Color is another important consideration. Some might assume that it’s best to just go for the whitest color possible. But that approach generally makes your mouth look very fake. The goal is a brighter smile, but not a glaring one.

Your current set of teeth, even if they are a decent color, are probably far from a pure white. And besides that, teeth are actually somewhat transparent. This is another factor to consider when picking your veneers. The correct level of transparency can make a huge difference in how “real” your teeth look.

From here, there are many more questions you might ask. For example, how strong is the bonding, and how long will the veneer last? The bonding is very strong, but how long veneers last partly depends on you. Good hygiene, and taking precaution with the foods you eat can help your veneers last for many years.