You may wonder how your favorite celebrities have the time to keep their teeth looking gorgeous at all times. Most were not born that way. They sported gaps, chipped teeth and crooked smiles during their childhood, but decided to use cosmetic dentistry to repair worn teeth, close in gaps and brighten their smiles.
One common dental procedure favored by celebrities is dental veneers. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth. They are custom-made for your smile and can match the color of your existing teeth. If you have teeth that are stained, cracked, chipped or worn, veneers can cover up these imperfections for a smile you’ll be excited to show off to the world. If your smile makes you uncomfortable, Dr. Monica Gobran can assess your mouth and determine if veneers are right for you.
Dental veneers typically require three appointments. The first appointment is an examination. The dentist will examine your mouth, discuss your goals and advise you of the pros and cons of veneers to determine if they would be a good fit. If you decide to proceed with the process, the dentist may take impressions and X-rays at this appointment.
To prepare the teeth, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed from the teeth. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab. In 2-4 weeks, the lab will have your veneers ready. At the final appointment, the teeth will be cleaned and the veneers will be bonded to the teeth. The dentist will then make any necessary adjustments.
Dental veneers offer many advantages. If you are frustrated with teeth that are broken, chipped, worn or discolored, veneers are an effective way to repair and whiten your smile. The porcelain material looks almost like your real teeth. Veneers are also extremely stain-resistant, so you eat your favorite foods and drink beverages such as tea, coffee, and wine without worrying about staining your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are also long-lasting. With proper care, they may last 5-15 years. They also improve your smile, which in turn improves your self-confidence. While veneers will give you the smile that virtually everyone dreams of, there are some cons. The process involves removing enamel from the teeth, and this procedure is not reversible. The enamel removal can cause sensitivity issues.