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Veneers are a terrific option to create the smile of your dreams since they are composed of a specialised material that is made to fit over the teeth. This material is durable and is made to look remarkably natural, so no one will even know they are veneers.

They are thin, tooth-coloured shells that must be bonded to the tooth's surface using cemented dental materials. Various cosmetic issues can be treated with veneers, such as chipped, cracked, discoloured, or smaller-than-average teeth. 

When a tooth is cracked or chipped, some people may only need one veneer, but many people need six to eight veneers to get a uniform, symmetrical smile. 

Dental veneers need extensive prep work and are often composed of porcelain or composite resin. However, "no-prep" veneers are also available and use a different application method.

Should You Get Veneers?

If you've been unhappy with how your smile looks in the mirror, you might be exploring dental veneers as a solution.

They're not the best option for teeth with significant damage. In some instances, crowns are probably a better choice. However, veneers could be a wise choice if your teeth are chipped, discoloured, fractured, or smaller than you prefer.

Additionally, you should ask your dentist if insurance will pay for veneers.  Veneers may be viewed as a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered depending on the circumstances.

Discuss the best route with your dentist based on your needs, price range, and desired appearance. 

After the procedure is through, you can instantly begin smiling. You won't have to worry about missing a lot of work because your dental veneer surgery requires two appointments.

Types of Veneers

Porcelain

The most aesthetically pleasing and safest material for dental restorations is porcelain. Of all the veneer materials, it is the toughest and most durable.

Because porcelain laminate veneers are highly biocompatible, they rarely cause harm to the soft tissues that surround the gums and other oral tissues. Because porcelain has a very natural appearance, these veneers can dramatically enhance the look of your smile.

The insertion of porcelain veneers necessitates some tooth shaving.

Composite

Composite resin, a blend of organic and inorganic components, is used to create composite veneers. The coupling agent, resin, and the initiator are the natural components, while the filler is the inorganic component.

Veneers made of composite are less expensive than those made of porcelain. Although they blend in reasonably well with your natural tooth colour, they do not last as long and are susceptible to stains. 

These veneers also require some tooth shaving before application.

A young woman putting different colors of veneers up to her teeth to compare

Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers may be composed of strong dental materials that are bonded together, but they are not indestructible. With regular maintenance, porcelain veneers should last between 10 to 15 years. Factors that contribute to the lifespan of your veneers include:

  • Your teeth's condition before placement.  Some dentists believe that the condition of your teeth before having a veneer can affect how long it lasts.
  • Veneer type. Composite veneers are less durable than porcelain and no-prep veneers.
  • Your oral health. Maintaining good dental hygiene is essential. Regular flossing and twice-daily brushing are necessary for extending the life of veneers. Additionally, you should attend regular dental exams and have cleanings every six months.
  • Mouth protection. Wear a mouthguard if you play a contact sport to prevent your veneers from breaking or chipping.

Veneers may require cosmetic repair or a complete replacement, depending on the type of wear or damage they sustain. It’s your responsibility to take care of them to maximise their lifespan.

What can reduce the lifespan of your veneers? The same ones that can harm your natural teeth!

  • Avoid chewing on hard things like ice, pencils, or your fingernails.
  • Never open packages with your teeth.
  • Avoid using your front teeth while chewing. Eat tougher meals only with your back teeth; chop tough items into smaller pieces to make this easier.
  • Wear a retainer at night if you are grinding or clenching your teeth

The greatest way to get the smile you want might be with veneers, but they still require regular maintenance. Using them as an excuse to forego practicing good dental hygiene could result in costly repairs or coverings that deteriorate prematurely. 

How durable are veneers? If you take good care of them, you can use them for more than ten years. Book an appointment with Skypointe Dental today to discuss your options to create the smile you want.

Are you happy to be hiding your smile?

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With the COVID-19 pandemic has come mandatory mask-wearing in many cities. Are you one of those people who is quite happy to be hiding your smile?

Do you have crooked teeth and a smile which makes you self-conscious? Do you hate getting photographs taken and don’t mind keeping your teeth under wraps?

Well, masks won’t be mandatory forever. Meanwhile, are you content to delay addressing your teeth issues even though they pose a health problem for you as well? Crooked teeth are harder to clean and thus are much more prone to cavities. Perhaps you are worried about how much braces cost and the time involved in getting braces.

There are several types of braces now

You have probably known people who had the metal and wire braces, and they experienced a number of problems with them. These included frequent, painful dental visits, difficulty brushing their teeth, broken wires, restrictions on what they could eat and do, and the fact that metal braces can take up to 2 years to successfully straighten teeth.

Other types of braces include “low visibility braces”, “hidden” or “lingual” braces that go behind your teeth, and then there are the clear, invisible braces known as aligners.

Patients and their parents want an option that is affordable, pain-free, and which reduces the hassle and time that traditional braces usually require. Parents also want to know that they are getting a professional they can trust whose treatment will result in a beautiful smile.

Consider SureSmile

Dr. Jay Patel believes that beautiful and affordable smiles should be accessible to everyone. He has helped hundreds of patients, and he is a certified SureSmile Aligners provider. He knows that many people need braces to fix functional problems, but even more patients could benefit from them to straighten their teeth, improve their smiles, and even the shape of their faces. He wants to help you.

What are SureSmile Aligners?

SureSmile Aligners are clear, removable plastic molds that gradually move your teeth. They are an esthetically pleasing alternative to braces, especially for minor tooth movements that improve your smile. Here is how the process works.

Dr. Patel will use a scanner to take a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth. Then with special software, he will create the plan for how your teeth need to move to achieve your better smile. He creates a before and after preview so that you can see how your teeth will be aligned by the end of the process. Then your custom aligners are made using a state-of-the-art printing process that follows the digital plan.

For most adults, treatment lasts up to a year, which is about half the time traditional braces take. SureSmile Aligners are to be worn all day and you only remove them for meals and for brushing your teeth before you put them back in. Because there are no wires and brackets to get in the way of your life, you can still eat your favorite foods and play in sports activities.

Dr. Patel will see you regularly, and as your teeth slowly move, you will need a new set of liners to keep that movement going. Each new set is designed to move your teeth closer to the goal, so you will feel a little extra pressure for the first few days of each set of new liners. The best part is that your smile is slowly improving, and no one notices because the SureSmile Aligners are invisible braces!

SureSmile is An Easy Solution

Dr. Patel’s process makes it easy for you to get started with SureSmile Aligners.

  1. Come in to see us
  2. Get your free consultation and go over your options
  3. Get that great and affordable smile you’ve always wanted

So, there is no need for you to be walking around with crooked teeth, worrying about the cost of straightening, or a long, painful process with food stuck in your braces. Don’t worry about the valuable family or work time it would take with frequent appointments. Because SureSmile Aligners are created digitally, the whole process is faster and has a more predictable timeline.

Dr. Patel has an affordable solution for you to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted with minimal appointments. Enjoy not even looking like you are wearing braces or worrying about what you can eat or if you can play sports.

Just think of how much better you will feel about yourself and your smile with beautifully aligned teeth! With SureSmile Aligners, you will get your very best smile to flash when mask season is over.

Learn more about SureSmile invisible braces

Let’s make your new smile happen!

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