Are Dental Veneers Right for Me? Signs You're A Candidate (and Other Dental Veneer Questions, Answered!)

Do you have cracked, missing, or dirty teeth?

Or worse, do you have all three?

If you can relate, that might make you more than reluctant to smile, leaving you with less than ideal pictures. And that might make you feel down about yourself.

Well, we sympathize. After all, no one should be made to feel that they have to hide their smile or their teeth. 

And we have a solution for you: dental veneers! These smile enhancers are popular with anyone looking for straighter, whiter smiles - even famous influencers and Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and Miley Cyrus! 

Because really, when you wear dental veneers, your before and after look? Well, let’s just say they’ll be as different as the sun and moon.

But what exactly are veneers? Are you qualified to get them? How long will they last? Would they need to be replaced?

Well, we’re glad you asked! Read on as we answer these questions.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

First of all, what are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are basically thin shells that are made by a professional dental laboratory. The veneers are usually composed of either porcelain or resin composite materials. These particular materials are chosen to match your teeth' color. 

Veneers are bonded to the front side of the teeth. They are also custom-made for your specific tooth problems, so no two veneers are alike. 

These shells can completely transform your smile. They can create the appearance that your teeth are:
  • Straighter
  • Whiter
  • Perfect in size and shape
  • Gap-free
Veneers are an alternative to more complicated restorations such as crowns or implants. They are also made to be as permanent as possible. Therefore, once they are bonded to your teeth, they’re not likely to come off in the near future.

Depending on the condition of your teeth, you could get at least 6 to ten veneers. Sometimes though, single veneers are used, especially if it’s only one particular tooth that needs to be fixed.

Sounds great. Am I a good candidate for veneers?

Well, veneers are a good idea given the following conditions:

1. You have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken. 

Teeth that are chipped, cracked, or broken for any reason whatsoever can make you feel shy and less confident about yourself. Worse, if you have these tooth conditions, you might end up having to avoid some of your favorite foods like nuts or chips because eating these can worsen your condition.

Thankfully, veneers not only restore your teeth’s beauty but also their functionality, meaning you can eat your favorite snacks without fear of destroying your teeth all over again.

2. Your teeth are stained and/or discolored.

Like the first condition, stained or discolored teeth can also make you feel embarrassed about your smile. Veneers can solve that problem for you since they are tooth-colored AND resistant to stains.

3. Your teeth are crooked, misshapen, and/or have plenty of gaps in between.

Not everyone has good genes when it comes to teeth, sadly. If you’re one of them, you don’t have to be sad. After all, veneers can make your teeth appear straighter AND fill in the gaps between your teeth.

4. You have worn down teeth due to age.

Your teeth are hard and are designed to be tough. However, like anything, teeth do wear down over time, especially as you age. But again, veneers can help you out with this. 

What would make me a bad candidate for veneers?

Sadly, not everyone should be getting veneers. Here are some reasons why you don’t qualify:

1. You’re a tooth grinder.

If you like grinding your teeth, you might just be wasting your money on getting veneers. Constant grinding will likely crack or chip the veneer covers.

2. You can’t afford it.

Getting veneers are a very expensive operation. Plus, they’re not covered by insurance since they’re considered something for cosmetic purposes. And we wouldn’t want you going into debt just for veneers, right? 

3. You’re not an adult.

For a person to get veneers, their teeth have to be fully formed. Therefore, kids and even teenagers are not qualified.

4. You like to second-guess things.

Getting veneers is an irreversible procedure. Therefore, if you’re not sure you’ll like having them on your teeth, don’t push through! 

5. You have severely decaying teeth.

Why is this a factor? Well, remember, for the veneers to bond to your teeth, there have to be teeth! And if your teeth are decaying, your veneers will likely not last, much less stick.

What’s the process for getting veneers?

If you’re interested in veneers, the first thing you need to do is Google “dentist near me” or “dental veneers near me.” If you’re looking for dental veneers in Arlington, look no further than Gorgeous Smile Arlington, VA. 

Once you schedule an appointment, Dr. Salim of Gorgeous Smile or whoever dentist you get will examine your teeth. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and help you choose the closest shade for your veneers. They will then prep your teeth for the bonding process by reshaping your teeth by shaving them down until there is room for the veneers.

When you come back, before the veneers are finally attached to your teeth, the dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly. They will then apply bonding cement to your teeth to hold the veneers in place. To harden the adhesive and set the bond, a special UV light beam will be shined on the teeth.

And there you go! Congratulations, you have veneers!

How much do full mouth dental veneers cost?

According to this Healthline article, you can expect to pay between $925 to $2500 per tooth. 

Factors that may affect the cost include:
  • How many you will be getting
  • The material you will choose 
  • The expertise of your dentist 
It is best to visit your dentist and ask about this procedure to get a proper quote.

And yes, while veneers are expensive, don’t worry. As mentioned above, they’re meant to last for a long time, which means they’re an investment. And after all, the reason you’re getting veneers is to invest in your teeth, right?

It’s a worthy one, especially if you want to have the confidence to smile again!

Oh, and if you follow the dentist’s care instructions, you can really expect them to last you for a very long time.

Visit Gorgeous Smile Dental Clinic in Arlington, VA for your veneers.

We hope this blog made you more aware of what veneers are, and if they’re for you. And if they are, then we recommend visiting the best dentist in Arlington, VA: Dr. Ahmed Salim of Gorgeous Smile! 

Not only will he help you choose the best shade for your teeth, but he will also give you detailed care instructions. Dr. Salim will also take the time to address all your questions, so ask away.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Gorgeous Smile Dental Clinic, say goodbye to bad teeth, and say hello to your gorgeous new smile! 

Request an appointment today! 
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