Whether or not you are a working professional or a young adult studying for your examinations, you will definitely be interacting with other people. A confident smile would break any ice between you and the person you would like to interact with. But, are you able to smile confidently? This is where veneers may be for you to improve your smile! Unfortunately, the topic of Veneers is plagued with misunderstandings and misconceptions, but let us take a proper look at veneers, its role in dentistry and also dispel the three most misleading myths about veneers.
Let’s Be Clear on Veneers
Dental Veneers are super thin, customised laminates that are designed and primarily improve the aesthetics of the tooth. People with the following dental concerns, usually consider getting veneers as a preferred treatment as it is a more conservative treatment option compared to crowns or braces:
- Discoloured teeth
- Misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth
- Broken, chipped or worn anterior (front) teeth
- Large gaps in-between anterior (front) teeth
Veneers are usually made out of porcelain or composite resin; each with its pros and cons.
Let’s Shed Some Light on These Three Myths
- Veneers are super noticeable. Most people who are put off by the idea of getting veneers might have heard it said that “veneer teeth” look fake or unnatural, and that others will be able to tell the difference at a glance. While this might have been true with veneers of the distant past, today’s veneers are designed to blend in naturally, or to look just like natural teeth.
Veneers are matched according to the shape and color of their neighbouring teeth. The fabrication process involves close collaboration between the dental surgeon and dental technician to create laminates which are then created and delivered to the patient for insertion.
- Veneers are painful to get. Present-day veneers are less than 1mm thick, or about as thin as a contact lens, which is why very little enamel, if any, will have to be removed. Most people experience no pain during the thinning process, but local anaesthesia may be used if preferred. And while there is a possibility of increased sensitivity because of the removal of the enamel, most people do not experience this after getting veneers.
- Veneers are only for your full set of front teeth. While it is true that most veneers are placed on the six front teeth, they may also be placed on the first premolars as well as lower anterior teeth.
Veneers can be done in singles, as they match really well in shape and colour with its neighbouring teeth. However, your dentist will advise you on the number of units in order to attain to your level of aesthetic satisfaction. Here are a few further pointers to note when getting veneers:
- Porcelain is still susceptible to cracks or breakage when loaded with uneven pressure. Thence, veneers cannot be loaded with much strength and are really more for aesthetics.
- Crowns will be more advisable than veneers for patients who are considering them for grinding or clenching issues.
- Veneers can be considered as a means for whitening teeth in cases of intrinsic tooth discolouration, when the yellowish colour comes from within.
- As it is still like a fake fingernail-type of laminate, the margins of the veneer will still require a lot of care and maintenance.
Don’t let hearsay keep you from achieving a winning smile. Come to Dental Focus and find out whether veneers are the right fit for you, today.
Dental Focus – Dental Clinic in Singapore
10 Kaki Bukit Place, #04-00
Tel: 6747 0573