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When Should You Consider Veneers For Your Teeth?

Sep 12, 2008
Teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular these days and not just for reasons of vanity. They say that you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression, and there are many situations where that is vital. In business negotiations, job interviews and first dates, your smile can be your fortune. What impression do you make if you are embarrassed about your teeth and are reluctant to hold your head up and smile?

There are many alternative methods available from home kits to more advanced and more expensive professional treatments. But while the methods differ, the objective is the same, to whiten your own teeth. Veneers are one way that you can take things a stage further. A veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain or sometimes a composite material that is bonded to and covers your own teeth. This can provide benefits beyond mere whitening.

In what circumstances are veneers right for your teeth?

A consultation with a dental professional is essential if you are considering veneers. While teeth whitening only changes the colour of your teeth, veneers can also change their look in terms of shape and position and can also close up small gaps between teeth. If individual teeth are discoloured, veneers can be made to match them to the good ones. A slight thickening of the veneer can cover a small chip and make the tooth look sound.

What is involved?

In order for the covering to bond to the teeth properly, a key has to be made. That is, the surface has to be slightly roughened. This may involve removing a very tiny amount of the enamel from the teeth. This would be the same thickness as the veneer, meaning no change in the overall size of the teeth. There should be very little discomfort from this and a local anesthetic is not always needed.

An impression can now be taken and the teeth colour matched, in preparation for the construction of the veneers. On a second visit, the finished veneers can be checked against the natural teeth. It is important that the patient is happy at this stage, since when the veneers are bonded in place, very little adjustment is possible.

What do you get for your money?

So how do veneers for your teeth compare with other teeth whitening methods? The price of veneers will vary but they are likely to be very much more expensive than most of the other whitening methods available. While many home whitening kits of various types can be bought over the counter, you will definitely require professional advice as to whether veneers are a suitable and viable option for you.

You would hope that the effect of veneers on your teeth would be better and longer lasting than the cheaper home kits, but this might not be the case. Veneers could last for 15 years but it could be as little as 5 years, which is comparable to some of the better alternatives. Your dentist will be able to give you specific advice on what results you expect, and the likely cost.
About the Author
Your smile can be your fortune. Look after it! Rich Russell is the owner of Teeethproduct.com, a resource for for people interested in improving the look and health of their teeth. visit http://www.teethproduct.com for information on maximizing your prize asset.
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