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Benefits of Dental Veneers

Man Smiling after dental visitAre you a bit hesitant to show off a full blown beaming smile because of your teeth? Maybe it’s because they are discolored, a little crooked, or too short or long. If this sounds like youm then read on because there is a solution. In this article, I’m going to discuss the benefits of dental veneers.

But before diving into the pluses of veneers, you should have an idea of what they are. Dental veneers are very thin shells that are applied to the surface of your teeth. When done correctly, the average person looking at your smile won’t be able to tell that you have them.

The most popular veneers are made from porcelain. This material is very strong and closely matches the look of natural teeth. In addition, porcelain is highly resistant to staining. But they can be pricey.

As an alternative these days, dental veneers can also be made of a composite resin material. It’s not as good as porcelain or as resistant to staining, but it’s a way to save a bit of money.

Believe it or not, dental veneers have been around for decades. They were invented by a dentist when movie studios came calling for something that could cover the teeth of actors to get a particular look. After all, they didn’t want an actor playing a down and out hobo who just happens to have absolutely perfect teeth.

So the first dental veneers weren’t designed or meant to be permanent fixtures. After a movie scene was done, the actor could easily remove them.

But as time went on, it became clear that veneers could be used to enhance someone’s smile without removing them. However, it took some time to develop a bonding agent or glue that worked well and that was safe to be in someone’s mouth without poisoning them. It didn’t take long to get over that hurdle.

The primary reason why dental veneers weren’t widely known is because of cost. Only the rich could afford them and not all dentists were trained to apply them.

You see, before the thin veneer shells can be attached to the outer surface of your teeth, the surface has to be shaved down a millimeter or so to match the thickness of the veneers. Then, they can be permanently affixed.

Now, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like the idea of their natural teeth surface being sanded down, you could be a candidate for a new type of veneer that allows your natural teeth to be kept intact. But this is something that you should discuss with the dentist.

Dental veneers aren’t something that the dentist keeps in a supply cabinet. They are custom made to every patient’s mouth. The dentist will exam your teeth, take measurements, and a cast mold of your mouth. The mold and measurements will be sent to an outside laboratory or specialty veneer manufacturer. The dentist will get your veneers back in a week or so.

When the dentist get you in the chair, the veneers must be applied with precision. There’s a bit of artistry involved to get the look you want. So the dentist can tweak the color or use special tools to shape them while they are in your mouth. Once you and the dentist agree that everything looks perfect, the super strong bonding cement will be used to attached them permanently. A special light will be used to active the hardening material in the glue.

There could be a final touch up or two and then the dentist will send you on your way with a stunning new smile. Just keep in mind that you’ll still have to maintain a proper dental hygiene regimen and see the dentist regularly for check ups.

girl with dental veneers smiling

Author Bio: Kelly Reese of Coral Springs Dental Pros at www.coralspringsdentalpros.com submitted this article. If you’re searching for a quality Coral Springs dentist, be sure to visit their website.

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