For most people, attending a high school reunion is simultaneously exciting and stressful. You want to look your best when you see all of your peers again, which may mean buying a new outfit, getting your hair done, or slimming down a bit. But in many cases, your teeth may be holding you back, and it's something that others will be seeing plenty of whenever you flash a smile. With that being said, if you have crooked, discolored, or chipped teeth, what can be done in a hurry? Good news: your local cosmetic dentist can help.
What Can Be Done
When you have problems like these, typically, dentists look to things like braces and teeth whitening to correct the problem. While teeth whitening can be accomplished in a very short period of time, the same can't be said for braces. While your teeth would look white after getting them whitened, if they are chipped or crooked, they still won't look as good as they could. This is where a cosmetic dentist comes in with something called dental veneers.
Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dental application. Imagine a single tooth and then think about slicing it directly down the middle lengthwise so you have two equal halves. This is essentially what a dental veneer looks like.
A dental veneer is just a thin layer of porcelain or resin that's designed to look like a perfect tooth. Each veneer is custom-made for your teeth and smile so that they look even, straight, and perfect. This allows you to get the look of a perfect smile even when the teeth hiding behind the veneers don't look perfect.
What to Expect
Getting dental veneers is a simple process to go through. After your initial consultation where your dentist takes measurements and orders your veneers, you'll go home until the veneers have arrived at the dentist's office.
When you come back in, you'll settle into the dentist's chair for the procedure to be performed. Your dentist will buff away a thin layer of enamel off the front of your teeth so that your new veneers don't jut forward and make your teeth look odd. Once this is finished, the veneers are attached with dental cement. Think of it like press-on fingernails. The dental cement will harden and keep those veneers in place for years to come, ensuring that you have a great smile to show anyone you meet.
Contact a clinic like Henderson Family Dentistry to learn more.