One interesting thing about the pandemic a lot of people have been hiding their smiles behind a mask for over a year. They have been able to hide cracked, chipped or even discolored teeth for months behind a mask. The pandemic has made a lot of people secure behind their masks–but that time is ending. If you’re one of those people who has been really happy wearing a mask to hide behind, it’s time to make a change. Have you ever thought about veneers? If you haven’t considered veneers, here’s information you need to know. Veneers can really make your smile shine brightly now that we’re no longer wearing masks.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers have been around for over 100 years. They were created by a dentist in Hollywood for a monster movie. A local dentist created the veneers for vampire teeth, and they were really popular. So popular in fact, many actors began going to his office to get their teeth covered with veneers. This wasn’t a surprise. Many people in the 1920s had bad teeth. Not much was known about good dental preventative care until after World War II. There were a lot of people walking around with cracked, broken or missing teeth.
Original veneers were made out of acrylic and cemented onto the teeth. They weren’t very reliable and had to be changed out a lot. Over time, the technique got perfected. Today’s veneers are usually made out of porcelain. Porcelain looks and feels a lot like real teeth, and they shine just as pretty. Today, porcelain veneers are thin coverings that are cemented over your natural teeth.
There are lots of advantages to veneers. One of the best advantages of veneers is that they can cover a lot of flaws in one application. For example, you may have a couple of cracked teeth, a broken tooth, and some tooth discoloration. In the past, your teeth problems would have to be fixed one tooth at a time. With veneers, the porcelain shells can cover all of the problems with your teeth in one application.
Veneers are a quick fix to a lot of issues. To get veneers, you come in and have a mold made of your teeth. You wait a few days until the veneers are ready, and they are cemented onto your teeth. Sometimes, veneers can be done very quickly, either same day or within a couple of days. That means if you experience trauma to your mouth from an accident to an injury, you can have your smile back in a few days.
People use veneers to fix all kinds of problems. Veneers are used to cover both upper and lower teeth if they have been discolored. If you have discolored teeth due to chemotherapy or medication to treat cancer, smoking or through your diet, you can cover all of your teeth through veneers. People who have cracked or broken teeth over time can fix all of their teeth with veneers, no matter how long it has been between issues. For example, if you cracked a tooth 10 years ago, and you left it cracked, but you recently broke the tooth next to it, veneers can cover both.
Once your veneers are on, they look and feel like real teeth, and you can treat them like real teeth as well. You brush them and floss them every day just like real teeth. There are a couple of things you will need to do to take care of them. Be sure that you take care when you chew ice, eat hard nuts or fruits, or munch chewy candies. Otherwise, your veneers will last for years.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The average length of veneers is 10 years. However, many people have veneers that still look amazing for 20 or 25 years after they are placed. If you continue to brush and floss daily, watch what you eat, and protect your veneers, they can last you for decades. One word of caution: if you are a smoker, you need to think about quitting smoking before you get veneers. If your teeth are yellow or brown or discolored now, getting veneers while continuing to smoke means that your veneers will eventually look stained as well. Quitting smoking is not only good for your veneers, but other areas will benefit as well. Your chance of getting oral cancer will decrease, and your lung cancer risk decreases too.
If you are tired of hiding behind a mask, you need to come in and see us at Bertagnolli Dental. We can assess the damage to your teeth and give you the perfect plan to get your teeth to their sparkling best.