5 Pro Tips for Getting the Best Results from Veneers
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Dental veneers are probably the most powerful procedure in cosmetic dentistry. With just this one procedure, we have the ability to completely transform your smile so that you enjoy the bright, beautiful smile of your dreams.
But if you want to get great results, you need to do it right. Here are five tips that will help you get the smile you’re looking for with veneers.
Choose the Right Dentist
Every dentist will tell you that they can do a set of veneers for you. And the truth is that every dentist can technically do it. They’ve all received some degree of cosmetic dentistry in dental school.
But does that mean that every dentist is equally skilled at giving great results with veneers? No. Some dentists can give you perfectly mediocre veneers that might not feel comfortable and might not last. But if you really want to find a dentist that can give you a new, beautiful smile, you want to look for a dentist who:
- Is extensively trained in cosmetic dentistry
- Has demonstrated great-looking results
- Is trained in neuromuscular dentistry
In addition, you want to find a dentist you like. Trust us, it matters.
When you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Nashville, TN, take a good look at cosmetic dentistry expert Dr. Kent E. White. He meets all the above criteria, and then some!
Be Honest about What You Want
Why does it matter that you like your dentist? Because you have to be willing to confide in them about what you’re truly looking for in a smile makeover. If you don’t like your dentist you won’t be able to open up to them, and that can mean that you won’t get the smile results you’re looking for.
Even the most talented cosmetic dentist is not a mind-reader. They can always give you an attractive smile, but if it’s not the one you’re looking for, you may be as unhappy with it as you are with your current smile.
Invest in Quality
Dental restorations are like anything else: they come in many different levels of quality, and that’s usually reflected in the price. Two different types of crowns or veneers might be called the same thing on paper, they might even be made of the same materials, but when it comes to their appearance, fit, and performance, they can be very different.
Trust your dentist’s recommendations about restorations–they know which ones are likely to give you the results you’re looking for–and be prepared to pay more for better quality. It may seem like a big commitment now, but over the years or even decades you enjoy your restorations, you’ll be glad that you chose to pay for quality.
Get the Right Number of Veneers
One great thing about veneers is that they are flexible. They can be used to improve the appearance of just one tooth or your entire smile.
But this flexibility is also a pitfall: some people try to choose to do fewer veneers than they need to get a truly beautiful smile. If you get too few veneers, it can make your smile look unattractive because of the contrast between veneered and unveneered teeth. When deciding on the number of veneers, you need to consider:
- How big a change you want
- How many teeth you really show when you smile
- What might be done to improve natural teeth
As a general rule, the bigger the change you want in your teeth, the more you need to consider veneering all your visible teeth. That’s because it’s more likely that your veneered teeth will stand out from your natural teeth. And that kind of look is never attractive.
When you look at your smile in the mirror, you might think you only show a few teeth. However, the odds are good that your natural smile shows more teeth than you think. When you’re focused on the front teeth in your smile, you might forget that more teeth might be visible beside and behind the ones you’re looking at. Trust your dentist’s evaluation of how many teeth are visible, and the pictures they show you of your smile.
We also have to consider whether we can take other approaches to make your natural teeth look closer to your veneered teeth. Right now, your teeth might look very different from your veneers, but with a proper cleaning and teeth whitening, they might not be that different.
Give Yourself Time to Do It Right
Under optimal conditions, veneers can achieve a very rapid transformation of your smile. Within a month, you can have a beautiful new smile.
But things don’t always go that smoothly. We might discover oral health problems that need to be addressed before we can veneer your teeth. Sometimes, there’s a mistake at the lab, which can mean we have to reorder your veneers. It’s rare, but it happens. It’s best not to put yourself in a position where that would be a major problem.
So if you are wanting your new smile for a special occasion, don’t wait until the last minute to start the process. Come in to talk to us about three months before the special occasion. That way, we can give you your beautiful smile with plenty of allowance for other things to crop up and get handled.
Are You Ready for Veneers in Nashville, TN?
If you’ve decided that now is the right time for your smile makeover in Nashville, TN, we are ready to help. Please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry.