If someone is dealing with crooked or misaligned teeth, then they may be wondering what options are available to fix this issue. Traditionally, smile correcting options have included metal braces or invisible aligners, and surgical procedures. However, another great option for getting a straighter smile are dental veneers.
Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers. Veneers are a tooth-colored shell added to the outer portion of teeth to improve patients smiles. They are permanently bonded to the patient’s teeth. A lot of people get porcelain veneers to correct a chipped or cracked tooth, but many people also get veneers on multiple teeth to get a more even and straighter smile.
Custom Made Treatment
Dental veneers are custom-made by a trusted dentist in Mission Viejo, CA and can create a beautiful, natural-looking smile for every patient. Dental veneers are a long-term treatment and should be considered only if other treatments, such as tooth replacement surgery, have failed. They usually last between 10 and 15 years but may require occasional maintenance.
The cost of dental veneers ranges from $1,000 to $6,000. The length of time and the number of procedures can vary depending on the amount of damage to be corrected. Dental veneers are usually covered by insurance in most cases. In the US, dental veneers are often called “white fillings” or “cosmetic crowns”.
The earliest record of the first veneer was in 1764 by Johann Friedrich May, but it did not gain popularity until 1807 with the work of Josepha Cattini. In 1832, King Frederick William III of Prussia ordered that all his subjects should receive dental treatment.
Tips For Caring For Your Veneers
Once the dental veneers are placed, it is important for patients to care for them to maximize longevity and the new smile. Here are a few tips for patients to consider in order to get the most out of veneers:
- Avoid chewing on hard objects like pens, ice, or fingernails.
- Never use teeth to open packaging or condiment packages.
- Try not to chew with front teeth. Eat harder foods with the back teeth only; cut up hard foods like chocolate bars so that this is possible.
- If grinding or clenching teeth at night, get a splint or retainer to protect the veneers.
- Wear a mouth guard when playing any sports.
There’s no denying veneers can improve people’s smiles and help to gain confidence again.
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