Porcelain veneers are in high demand. They offer a lot of benefits that real teeth just can’t deliver. They can significantly improve your self-esteem and overall well-being. In our previous blog, we talked about the importance of choosing a skilled provider to place your porcelain veneers correctly.
Smile makeovers can be difficult treatments for dentists to perform. Especially, if they’re not equipped with the cosmetic knowledge to perform the veneer treatment correctly. As a veneer provider, I can admit that they’re one of the most rewarding treatments that we perform.
One of the most gratifying things that this profession offers is watching a patient’s face light up in happiness when they see their new smile in the mirror. With that being said, I want to make sure that all of my readers are happy with their veneer treatments. This is Dr. Joe Griffin blogging from Florence, SC, and today, I want to talk about some tips that will help you get exactly what you want out of your veneers.
1. Communicate with Your Dentist
To get the smile of your dreams, one of the most important things you can do is communicate with your dentist. For instance, if you like white teeth, then tell your dentist. If you’d rather have more realistic tinted teeth, then this should be conveyed to your dentist. Much like going to get a new haircut, you’re the only person who knows what you find attractive in a smile.
I find it helpful for patients to bring me pictures of the smiles they want theirs to look like. Beyond showing the kind of smiles you like, you should also convey the kind of smiles that you don’t like. This will give your dentist an idea of what he should model your new smile after. Even if you’re not exactly sure of what you want your smile to look like, looking at pictures will open the door for that discussion.
2. Make Sure You See a Preview Model
Your dentist should use all of the data they collected about your dental preferences to create a model of your smile. The model will serve as a roadmap for your dentist to decide how they want to go about making visible changes to your smile. This model of your teeth is similar to trying on a pair of shoes to make sure they fit correctly before buying them. This step is important to make sure that your smile looks and fits correctly before you decide to make the permanent leap with porcelain veneers.
3. Approve of Your Veneers Before Bonding
While looking at models can give you an idea of what the end product will look like, you won’t truly know until you see it in your mouth. Make sure that you see the final veneer on your tooth before you allow your dentist to cement it down.
Once your veneer is bonded, it’s permanent. If you don’t like the way it looks on your tooth before it’s cemented, speak up and tell your dentist. After all, you’re the customer that will see it every day, not the dentist.
4. Ask Questions about the Material and Technician
This goes along with the communication aspect, but you should make sure that you ask your dentist questions about the kind of materials they use to make your veneer. Not all veneers are created equally.
The look, feel, and function of your treatment will be dependent on the kind of veneer you choose. Some materials used to create veneers cost more than other. Choosing what kind of veneers you want will be a give and take.
For instance, do you prefer a thin veneer that isn’t as durable, but requires minimum tooth preparation? Or, would you prefer a thicker, more durable veneer that requires more tooth preparation? Every kind of veneer has its pros and cons.
Beyond the material used to create your veneer, you should make sure that you know the lab where they are created. Creating porcelain veneers is a highly technical process. The person working in the lab needs to be an artist, as well as have a working knowledge of dentistry.
Porcelain veneers will have you smiling with confidence in no time. However, it’s important that you do some research before jumping the gun. At Advanced Dental Center of Florence, all of our doctors are skilled cosmetic dentists that will get your cracked, chipped, gapped, or discolored teeth looking like they belong on the silver screen.
Stay tuned into our blog to learn what goes into providing the perfect veneer.