Dental veneers are thin coverings that are placed over your natural teeth to provide a new look. These are typically placed only for aesthetic reasons, to make your smile whiter, brighter and more pleasing to the eye. The history of veneers began in old Hollywood when actors used removable ones when they were performing in movies to make their teeth appear perfect. By the 1980s, veneers had been perfected for everyday clients and had become permanent options for the teeth. If you are considering veneers for yourself, you will first want to know whether you are a good candidate for the process. Here are some ways that you can know you will be a good candidate.
You Have Healthy Teeth and Gums
Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you can have veneers permanently bonded to your teeth. First, you will need to have enough enamel on your teeth. If your enamel has been worn away due to other dental treatments or due to grinding your teeth or brushing hard, you will experience too much tooth sensitivity with these coverings. In addition, your gums should not be severely receded or inflamed as this could lead to future problems.
Your Teeth are Stained
One of the main reasons why people choose veneers is to experience white teeth. Some people have yellowed teeth because of their genetics while others experience gradual tooth discoloration from the foods and drinks that they consume.
Your Teeth are Chipped or Cracked
Veneers can hide other minor cosmetic imperfections, such as chips and cracks that are not causing pain or major structural concerns.
Your Teeth are Mostly Straight
Veneers can also be used to correct mild misalignments of the teeth but should not be used on teeth that are extremely crooked.
You Practice Regular Dental Hygiene
In order to keep your veneers looking good, you will have to practice good oral health by brushing at least two minutes two times per day and flossing regularly to keep the gums healthy. In addition, you should see our dentist twice per year for a cleaning and a checkup.
You will definitely want to have an open and honest conversation with our dentist at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry about whether veneers are right for you. Our team will have the best information for you based on the shapes and sizes of your teeth, your cosmetic concerns, and your overall oral health. Contact us today for a dental appointment in Layton, UT.