Possibly on some occasion, you have asked yourself how the celebrities can show off such perfect white smiles. The secret, in many cases, is in the dental veneers. It is a porcelain prosthesis that is fixedly attached to the anterior area of each tooth to modify and repair the colour, the positioning of the piece and correct fractures or other aesthetic aspects.
If you have ever thought about getting dental veneers, you should keep in mind some things before going through the experience of this treatment.
- Choose an experienced dentist
This type of aesthetic treatment is really delicate, so you always have to make sure of the experience of the professional who will carry out the entire dental aesthetic restoration process. When you go to a dental centre always refer references of the before and after the work done previously, at least during the last ten years.
- They are not essential: they are an option
When a person is not satisfied with the appearance of his smile, the dentist must commit to the wishes of the patient and propose the best medical option that will not always be veneered. For example, some patients do not want to use a concealer even if their teeth are misaligned or others are not happy with their color and prefer permanent whitening; and, in other cases, they have fragmented front teeth or thick veneers or covers that do not favor them or you can see a black halo produced by the metal worn by the old prostheses. Obtaining information about dental veneers before opting for this treatment is vital to ensure that it is the best option that your dentist can offer you.
- Customize the smile
The key to getting a person to have a beautiful smile with veneers is to choose the formula that most harmonizes with the whole of the face and even the body constitution. Trying to look like the smile of a celebrity is not the best idea because what works for one face does not have to work in another.
In this sense, Dr. Nadia Sardine affirms: “It is crucial to personalize the veneers for each person, for this it is necessary to listen to the wishes of the patient, within which they do not want anything unreal, and, taking into account their body and facial anatomy, and their Real smile, get the one you want by ensuring that everything works correctly so that they can chew normally, since the veneers are not only for smiling but also for eating of course “.
- Imperfections are equal to perfections
The process of ‘transformation’ with the veneers must be careful. The perfection of the teeth will also involve maintaining the personality of the smile. The objective is that other people have the feeling that something has changed, but without being able to say what it is, that is naturalness.
- The partial or total coating
Depending on each need or budget, you can choose to cover one or several pieces, or the total set. There are people who, for example, want to make all the good teeth over the 40s of the upper part and, finally, to keep their smile balanced, only four veneers are made that fit perfectly with the rest of the pieces. It’s about fitting them together like a jigsaw puzzle and without anything being noticed.
- Colour: a complex task
“The vast majority of people want their teeth to be as white as possible but at the same time natural,” explains the doctor. The key is to make a smiling white without the teeth looking monochromatic, opaque and false. To find the ideal colour tone, examine the tone of the skin and, in this way, customize the smile. And this is the message that is transmitted to the team of ceramic technicians.
- Temporal versions: the test smile
To make sure that the result has the desired success for the patient, provisional simulations are carried out so that the patient can see what the anatomy of their veneers will be. It is a diagnostic test more than it helps the specialists to know the tastes of the patient. Previously, a digital smile design is made through photographs so that the final decision can be made. These provisional will not be as bright or as fine as the porcelain veneers and will only be worn for a certain period of time until the final fabrication is finished, unless the patient is a candidate to wear veneers without carving; in that case it would simply be a diagnostic test rather than done in the consultation, so I would not have to take them as provisional.
The definitive veneers usually last between ten and fifteen years applying a good normal oral hygiene and annual visits to the dentist to avoid their premature replacement.
- The process of reconstruction
Once the coating plan has been accepted and the total number of pieces decided, moulds, x-rays and photographs are taken. Several minutes before the process begins, the area is numbed with local anaesthesia. If the patient does not have to cut their teeth, no anaesthesia will be given. The next step is the placement of the veneer on each tooth by adhesive cementation fixed with a small ultraviolet led light to seal it firmly. The duration will depend on the number of teeth.