Acadia’s Tips On Porcelain Veneers: How To Get Them & Take Care Of Them
If you live in the Hagerstown or Frederick area and there’s something you don’t like about some or a lot of your teeth – perhaps one of them is chipped or stained. There may be a crooked one that is just completely throwing off your smile. You may have issues with multiple teeth. Fortunately, there is an option out there for you: veneers.
A lot of people use veneers – think of all the celebrities that you see with smiles that dazzle from miles away. Chances are very high that those are not their natural teeth – they have veneers. This is not a vanity thing, either. Getting these can boost your confidence by a sizable margin… and that can wind up helping you in multiple areas of your life, including your work and personal ones.
What Are Veneers?
When you talk about veneers, you usually mean porcelain ones. They are a thin shell that goes on the front of a person’s tooth. The goal is to give the appearance of a natural tooth. Generally, the dentist or specialist will get them to match the color of the other teeth in the patient’s mouth in order to get the most natural-looking smile that they can. Be absolutely sure that you want the veneers – this can’t be reversed.
This is a multi-visit procedure. Don’t expect to walk in the very first day and have the dentist pull out a perfect-looking veneer from a suitcase full of them. Yes, there are rush jobs that can be done, but those are very expensive given the rapid turnaround. It’s a process and the results are usually best if this is allowed to play out in its entirety. This will increase the likelihood that you are satisfied with the results.
How To Get Veneers?
First off, you will likely come in for a consultation. Here’s your chance to be your best advocate. Ask the dentist to show you not only current results but also later ones so that you can see what you might be looking at months to years down the road. Of course, you want to get a well-known dentist who has a lot of these under their belt. That way, you will know that you will be in good hands when you get the veneers.
Most of the veneers are made of porcelain, but there is an option for a resin composite. Most people prefer porcelain since they are more stain-resistant and they tend to look more like natural teeth. After taking a look to make sure veneers are the right option, the dentist will take X-rays and make impressions. Then they will reshape your tooth to fit the veneer. This also includes taking a bit of enamel off. You will usually get a temporary veneer while the real ones are made at the lab. Then you have the permanent one bonded with a special cement at the next visit.
What Do I Do After A Veneer Procedure?
To start, you need to be careful about what you eat or drink at first. Since some enamel was removed, you may find your tooth or teeth more sensitive to things like hot or cold drinks. Don’t eat hard or crunchy foods, since that may wind up cracking the enamel and forcing you to get a new one, since they can’t be repaired. Avoid bad habits like biting your nails or idly chewing on pen caps or pencils. Those pose a risk to your veneers.
You still need to see your dentist regularly to make sure that there is no decay occurring on the tooth or other teeth. One of the main requirements for getting veneers is that you have good oral health. Otherwise, you run the risk of ultimately needing a crown over the tooth, not a veneer.
If you take care of your veneers, you can expect to enjoy them for about 10 years, but there have been cases when they have lasted twice as long as that. Of course, each case will vary depending on a lot of different circumstances. What may work for one person may not work for the other. So, temper your expectations and be ready to get new veneers every decade or so. But enjoy your great smile the entire time!
Acadia Dental & Dentures, which has locations in both Hagerstown and Frederick, can help you with your dental needs. Their staff has many years of experience with veneers and can ensure you get the best care. They have an in-house dental lab, which speeds up the process of many procedures and greatly reduces your waiting time by a large margin. Give us a call at either office – 301-797-2538 (Hagerstown) or 301-662-1760 (Frederick) to make an appointment.
Acadia Dental and Dentures
1303 Pennsylvania Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 797-2538
490 Prospect Blvd.
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 662-1760