If you’re tired of your crooked teeth and are looking for the perfect smile, you might have tried everything. Orthodontic braces can only go so far towards straightening your teeth, and you could still be a long way from the beautiful, straight white smile you are dreaming of. Looking at celebrities with perfect teeth, you might wonder how they get such a great smile. The answer is simple, and it costs less than you might think – porcelain veneers.
What are veneers?
Super-thin shells constructed from ceramic or porcelain, veneers are placed over your teeth to protect them from damage or to improve their appearance. Gaining popularity in recent years with celebrities, veneers are a great way to get a perfect, white smile.
When you attend your dental surgery for a consultation, you’ll chat with a qualified cosmetic dentist, to discuss exactly what you’re looking for. They will then look at your teeth and take impressions to make a stone replica of your smile – this is what will be used to create your final set of veneers.
Choosing a shade
You need to be careful when choosing the shade of your veneers – a reputable dentist will advise you as to what shade will best complement your skin tone, whilst still looking natural. Of course, how white you wish to go is ultimately up to you, but nobody wants to end up with glow-in-the-dark white teeth like Ross in that episode of Friends….
When you attend for your fitting, you may be given local anaesthetic. The front of your teeth needs to be prepared and shaped in order for the veneers to be applied. They’re then placed onto your teeth (without any cement) so the dentist can inspect how your smile will look. This is the exciting part! Your teeth will be covered with acid etch solution which roughens their surface, the cement is then applied to the back of the veneer and placed onto your tooth. Whilst this might be slightly painful or uncomfortable, try to relax – you’ll soon have the perfect smile.
Dental veneers are designed to last for 10 – 15 years, so whilst they are an expensive investment, they’re a worthwhile one. Most cosmetic dentists will offer some form of monthly payment plan (you may have to pay an upfront deposit), which will allow you to spread the cost of your veneers over several months or years. They will also be able to educate you about any other treatments that might work. The payment plan can also give you some financial flexibility. This makes porcelain veneers an affordable choice for most people – but do shop around as prices vary and you want to be sure you are getting the best service and value for your money.