Veneers: A perfect smile can take you places in this world. Studies reveal that people with a nice smile tend to advance in the corporate world much faster. They are seen as competent and confident. Additionally, more job opportunities open for people with a pretty smile and healthy pearly whites.
The reality is that some people are born with a great smile, while others who are not turning to the expertise of a reputable orthodontist or cosmetic dentist. There are a lot of dental issues that may need to be addressed when the goal is to achieve a great smile, such as teeth misalignment, discoloration, weird teeth shape, missing teeth, and so much more.
Fortunately, all kinds of dental solutions are easily available today, and some of the most versatile ones are porcelain dental veneers. In Dubai, this is one of the most in-demand solutions for a variety of dental concerns.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells that can conceal teeth imperfections such as a broken tooth, intrinsic discoloration, a tooth gap, and others. To apply them, your original teeth would need to be filed down a bit to make sure that the veneers align and fit in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
If you are interested in undergoing this dental treatment for a great-looking smile, there are a few important facts about porcelain veneers that you need to know first.
1. Veneers are durable, but not unbreakable.
Dental veneers will look and feel like your original teeth. They are durable to a certain degree, but they will never be as strong as your real chompers. Therefore, it helps to be quite careful with them.
2. It can be tricky to get the right shade of veneers for your teeth.
Naturally, you want your veneers to blend well with your other teeth. This is why cosmetic dentists really take the time to mix pigments to get the perfect hue.
Also, they will take note if you also get teeth whitening treatments. You may need to complete that treatment first before getting your veneers. This way, the dentist can determine the typical color of your chompers after treatment to base the color of the veneers on.
Why? Veneers can’t be whitened. They will stand out if you get the veneers first and then have your original teeth whitened in the future.
3. The concept of “perfect teeth” is relative.
You may have an idea of how you want your teeth to look, but it does not necessarily mean that your own veneers should achieve the same look. There are other factors to consider, such as the size of your mouth, your skin color, and the appearance of your other teeth when creating the perfect smile for you.
As such, it’s best to keep an open mind. You may think that actress Jennifer Aniston’s teeth are the perfect teeth in the world, but they may not necessarily look as great on you. It’s better to really understand what your dentist will recommend as the right look for your own teeth.
4. There are two kinds of veneers: partial and full.
Partial veneers cover just one part of your tooth, while full veneers cover the entire tooth. Think about these two options, especially if you want to preserve as much of your original tooth as possible.
5. You get temporary veneers before your permanent ones.
You will be provided with temporary veneers while your permanent ones (those that will last you 15 to 20 years) are being made in the lab. Your dentist will not want you going around with filed-down teeth before you can have your permanent porcelain veneers applied. Also, having temporary veneers on gives you the perfect opportunity to get used to your new smile.
6. You may experience slight tooth sensitivity after the application of your veneers.
The altered size and shape of your original teeth under the veneers will make them prone to sensitivity. So, as much as possible, avoid using your veneers to bite into any type of food that is either too cool or too hot. In order for you to manage tooth sensitivity better, you may want to switch to a toothpaste formulated specifically for sensitive teeth.
It’s important to mention that gum sensitivity is also an issue. The edge of the veneer that touches the gums will require some getting used to, so keep this in mind.
7. You need to be extra meticulous with oral care.
Food debris can still build up around your veneers. It’s going to look rather weird when you have flawless teeth with plaque or tartar at the base and gums, so make sure to be diligent about brushing your teeth after meals and flossing.
For this, you may even want to invest in a really good electric toothbrush and Sonic air floss. These can be considerably expensive oral care items, but you can find and purchase these beauty products online at discounted prices.
These are a few of the crucial things you need to know prior to getting dental veneers. Keeping this information in mind can help you get ready for the day when you get the much-deserved smile makeover.
Dr. Zul Paliwalla is the General and Cosmetic British Dentist at NOA Dental Clinic, specializing in smile-related concerns. With over 33 years of experience in the UK, Dr. Zul has successfully worked on and improved many internationally recognized smiles. He is a certified Invisalign® GOLD provider as well and has brought his elite expertise to Dubai not only to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand but also to offer his brand of personalized smile makeovers.