How do movie stars get such megawatt smiles? Part of it is surely genetics, but living in 2019, part of it might be good ol’ medical technology.
If you have misshapen, crooked, or stained teeth, you might consider dental veneers as an option (they’re also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates). If that’s the case, here are some things you should know about the process and, especially, how veneers feel in your mouth.
What are veneers?
Veneers are opaque shells of dental ceramic that either partially or fully encase your teeth to give them a whiter, straighter, more movie star appearance. Veneers are tooth-colored and customized to fit your specific set of teeth, so you know that they will look as natural as possible.
Your smile is an important part of a first impression, so why not put your best foot forward with a dazzling smile? Veneers are one way to get there. With little downtime and mild after-effects, veneers are an excellent option for someone who has been insecure about their smile in the past and wants to make a change.
How are they implanted?
This is how it’s done: after an initial consultation, your dentist will shave one millimeter off your natural teeth in order to fit your new veneers without them looking too big or awkward in your mouth. After that, the dentist will then permanently cement the veneers to your teeth in a process called bonding.
Veneers will look like your own teeth but better, so it’s important that the veneers match your teeth and fit in your mouth as well as possible. Veneers are just like your old teeth, but better.
If you’ve ever worn braces, you probably remember that wonderful day when the orthodontist removed them. At first, veneers feel something like your teeth after braces: smooth, slick, and a little weird. But don’t worry, it doesn’t take long to get used to perfect teeth.
What are the side effects?
Like most procedures, there’s an adjustment period that may last around two weeks.
Here are some of the issues that may arise as you’re adjusting to your new glam smile. Your teeth may be extra sensitive to very hot or very cold foods, and also to foods that are extremely hard or tough to chew. So after you’ve gotten your veneers implanted, lay off the hot coffee and caramels for a while.
Your bite may feel off, which is totally natural. The exterior of your teeth has been altered, and so the new set of veneers will feel different. You’ll get used to them over time. A severe side effect would be a speech impediment.
If you’re feeling any of these effects for longer than two weeks, you should head back to the same dentist who put in the veneers for a check-up. They’ll have options for you.
What can you do?
There are a couple things you can do on your own to make your mouth feel normal again. Be extra vigilant in your daily dental routines like brushing and flossing. If need be, you can use toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth; this should help with any pain. Again, let that cup of tea or coffee sit for a while until it’s lukewarm.
Also, and this one’s very important, avoid gnawing on any non-food items like pen caps, your nails, or ice. And no more yanking tags or bottle tops off with your teeth. It seems like your grandmother was right all along.
Expert dentists like the ones at Albion Dental will work with you on your quest for a megawatt smile. Albion Dental will maximize your insurance to see that you pay as little as possible for your new grin.
Veneers are worth it, they last decades and are stain-proof. They give you the confidence to hold your head high. No more hiding that smile behind a hand or closed lips. With veneers you can let your true self shine and make a great impression. Now you know how you’ll feel when you’re walking out of the dentist office to face the paparazzi.