It’s common knowledge that a smile is one of the first things you notice about something, and can often be the most memorable. Chances are, if you meet someone for the first time, you will take notice of their smile, whether it’s noticeably bad, or ridiculously good.
For this reason, cosmetic dental treatments are becoming widely popular as a way to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence, which has an effect on various other areas of life. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular options for transforming your appearance, because they can be used by your dentist in Lara to fix a range of teeth imperfections, including:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Yellow or discoloured teeth
- Small/oddly shaped teeth
- Gaps or crooked teeth
Before you go ahead and begin your journey of getting porcelain veneers at Lara, there are a few things you should know about the veneers process.
1. Alternative Options to Veneers
Although veneers are an effective option for most people wanting to improve their smiles as they can address a wide range of issues, they are not an option for everyone, and there may be alternative options available that you want to consider. Our experienced dentists will be able to advise you on your alternative options, such as Invisalign treatment, teeth whitening or composite bonding.
2. Permanent Teeth Whitening
Veneers are a great solution for people who have stained or discoloured, whether this is the result of food and drink, age, medication, or lifestyle choices such as smoking. A benefit of porcelain veneers that people don’t often realise is that they are highly stain-resistant, they provide a permanent solution to a whiter smile which doesn’t require teeth-whitening treatments.
Although, if you only have one or two porcelain veneers, you may need to whiten the surrounding teeth so that they maintain a consistent appearance alongside your veneers, but if most of your visible teeth are veneered, this isn’t necessary.
3. Can Veneers be Reversed?
Veneers are a permanent dental treatment, due to the fact that your dentist will need to remove some tooth structure, depending on the desired outcome to make room for your veneers. This means once you have porcelain veneers, they cannot be reversed.
4. Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
Once you’ve committed to having porcelain veneers for life, it’s important to remember that they do not last forever, and will need to be replaced approximately every 15-20 years.
5. Veneers Maintenance
To get the longest life possible out of your porcelain veneers, and to keep them looking their best in order to avoid having them replaced sooner than the 15-20 year estimate, they need to be well maintained. This means maintaining a good oral hygiene routine by:
- Brushing your teeth twice daily
- Flossing every day
- Visiting your dentist for your regular 6 month check-up and clean.
Porcelain Veneers in Lara
The only way to know which dental treatment is best for you is by having a consultation with one of our knowledgeable dentists at Dazzling Smiles Dental Clinic in Lara.