99 porcelain veneers on the wall, 99 porcelain veneeeers……
take one down and pass it around, 98 porcelain veneers on the wall!
Yikes! This song makes no sense whatsoever. You can’t put porcelain veneers on a wall.
They go on your TEETH.
And for a lot of people, veneers have given them the smile they’ve always wanted.
Luckily, no human has ever been discovered with 99 teeth, so the good news is that they’re quite achievable. In fact, they can be a reality.
If mother nature did not bless you with naturally straight, even, white teeth (the nerve!), what is a guy or gal to do in the 21st century? If a prettier smile is what your heart desires, well, modern cosmetic dentistry can offer you some options.
Might you be a candidate for braces or Invisalign? It may take some time but getting your teeth all lined up may do the trick. Perhaps add a dash of whitening to glam them up.
Not enough? Well, next step up might be some tooth colored fillings or minor re-shaping that you’d be amazed could make a major difference.
If you need to make some bold changes, however, it would be advisable to have a sit-down chat with your dentist about veneers.
But what are veneers, aka “laminates”?
Veneers, my friends, are thin shells of porcelain (or sometimes tooth-colored filling material, called “resin veneers”) that are placed on your front teeth to improve their appearance.
If you have healthy but misaligned, severely discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, veneers could be a GREAT choice.
Typically, a minimal amount of enamel is removed from the front of your teeth, and 2 to 3 weeks later, veneers are bonded to your teeth. They can be made to match any tooth shade, and once placed; voila! Straight, even, white teeth are yours.
Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 5-10 years, sometimes longer, and are much less invasive than crowns. They look very natural, and your smile becomes a thing of beauty once again.
Before you decide on an option, a pro/con discussion is always advisable.
If your teeth have decay, you have gum disease, you clench or grind your teeth, you chew ice, or your bite is off kilter, you may need to drop veneers off your list.
Smile transformations are possible; miracles, perhaps not. Be sure not to force it, or else you’ll find yourself in the land of lamination damnation. *Shudder.
Costs vary, and most insurances don’t cover them. And no, you can’t skimp on brushing and flossing. If they chip or break, repairs are rarely possible, so you may need to wear a night guard to protect them.
Be honest, and realistic, with yourself and your dentist so you both pick what’s best for you.
But be careful; if you make the RIGHT choice, you may end up with a smile better than you’ve ever imagined, and won’t be able to help yourself giving it away, perhaps 99 times a day.
If you have questions, we have answers! Feel free to ask in the comments, or visit our website, or give us a call. See, lots of options!
www.raodentistry.com (214) 522-3110