Laughing and smiling are expressions everyone shows, from a tiny baby to an elderly person. Children laugh and smile with complete abandon, but somewhere along the line things often start to change. If you haven’t been blessed with perfect teeth, you might start to notice when you look at photographs of yourself, or if someone makes a thoughtless comment. You start to smile less and less.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. In a few simple steps, you can be on your way to a perfect smile. The amazing advancements in dental technology mean that solutions like porcelain veneers are not just for the rich and famous anymore.
Porcelain Veneers Defined
Have you always thought that the perfect smile was beyond your reach? Well, let me introduce you to an amazing invention, called porcelain veneers.
They are thin shells that are created to look exactly like a tooth. They can be made a stunning white, or if you’re looking for a more natural look, they can be painted to match the existing colour of your surrounding teeth.
Each tooth veneer is customised to fit your smile perfectly and permanently glued to the front of your existing tooth. This means you don’t have to have your own teeth removed. The veneer is simply a quick fix beauty hack that gives you the sparkling smile you deserve.
Porcelain veneers are completely stain-resistant and can be brushed just as you would your regular teeth. To qualify for this treatment, you will first need to address any issues that your teeth may have. Once those are fixed, you are one step closer to gaining the smile you have been dreaming of.
Try on Your Smile
This is a permanent procedure so it’s important that you’re happy with the results. To ensure that you are, you get to try your smile before it becomes permanent. How does this process work?
Step 1 – Visit Your Dentist
The first step is having a check-up at your dentist. This will determine if you qualify for the procedure or not. During this appointment, the dentist will explain the different veneer options and help you achieve the smile you desire.
The next step is having x-rays done and a map of your face plotted so your teeth can be designed digitally.
Once your design is ready you will be called for a follow-up appointment so you can approve your smile.
Step 2 – Try on Your Smile
The dentist will shave off a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. This is to help the veneers stick to your teeth more easily. The dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and gums. The trial teeth are then fitted into place so you can try them out and see if you like them.
After a few days of trying out your smile, you can book an appointment and let the dentist know what you liked, and what you didn’t like.
This is your chance to make any changes before the procedure becomes permanent.
Step 3 – Review
At this appointment you can finalise the colour, shape, comfort and biting accuracy. Any concerns will be addressed, and the final design will be approved.
Once approved the process to create the veneers will take one to three weeks.
Step 4 – Fitting Your Teeth
This is the last check before your veneers become permanent. Your trial smile will be removed carefully and your mouth checked for any irregularities. Once you have been given the all-clear the veneers will be bonded to your teeth and you can walk out the door sporting your new smile.
Step 5 – The Final Review
A week or two after your fitting you will need to attend a final review appointment. The dentist will make sure you are happy and check your bite. You will be given a bite guard, so you don’t accidentally grind your teeth and damage them while you’re sleeping.
Does it Hurt?
The main concern for patients who are on the fence about getting the procedure, is pain. If you ask someone whether a procedure hurts it often varies from person to person; very similar to getting a tattoo. Each person is unique.
The process isn’t extremely painful, but you may experience some discomfort during the shaving process and while the veneers start to settle in your mouth. As soon as you smile and see your perfect teeth, any pain will quickly be forgotten.
If you have always been too shy to smile, then you owe it to yourself to look into this life-changing procedure. No one should ever have to hide their smile.
The price will depend on the number of teeth you want treated, the type of porcelain you choose and other dental problems that may need to be treated. Veneers are priced per tooth, but more can be added later if your budget doesn’t allow the full set to be done at once.
Speak to your dentist about a payment plan. Your perfect smile is only a few simple steps away.