It always happens, doesn’t it?
You are having an important dinner party and for the past three days you’ve been planning the perfect menu, cooking as if a food critic is peering over your shoulder, and decorating to put Martha Stewart to shame. The night of the party finally arrives, you’re dressed to kill, your guests have arrived and are showering you with compliments; everything is simply perfect. Then you bring them to the dining room and… there, on your flawlessly decorated, linen-covered dining table you’ve laid out the chipped, stained, scratched, and completely mismatched dishes of your college days.
Now, what do you think that your guests will remember? Will it be your magnificent floral arrangements? Not a chance. Will it be your gourmet meal and the accompanying wine? Don’t bet on it. What they will remember, and remind you of until the day you die, are those less than spectacular dinnerware pieces.
Of course, you wouldn’t really set your table with damaged and discoloured dishes and utensils. So, why would you greet the world with a less than flawless smile?
Tooth imperfections affect our appearance and confidence. Problems like discolouration, stains, chips, and cracks can occur at any age, but become a bigger threat as we get older. The foods that we eat, the drinks we consume, and even the way we brush our teeth all affect our appearance. Sports, physical activity, and simply living life can potentially damage teeth as well.
Recent medical research has revealed the importance of oral health and hygiene; your dental health can have a significant impact on your overall health; but what most people don’t know is how the appearance of their teeth can affect how others assess or perceive their physical health.
Perfect Teeth = Perfect Health
Imperfect Teeth = Imperfect Health
You may be in perfect health, but if your teeth are chipped, stained, or slightly misaligned, everyone you meet – friends, colleagues, and prospective employers – might assume that your overall health is not the best. And when you’re looking for a job, you don’t want to give the impression that your sick days might outnumber your work days.
Here at Bradford Family Dentistry, we want to make sure that your teeth will always make a great first impression! So, we’d like to introduce you to Lumineers Dental Veneers, a new procedure that has replaced traditional veneers.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, wafer-like shells a dentist places over the front of a damaged tooth using a bonding process. Veneers perfectly correct one tooth or multiple damaged teeth. Veneers disguise imperfections like those mentioned above while at the same time protecting your teeth against further damage. So, veneers provide the user with multiple benefits in one. Veneers can change the colour, shape, length, or size of a tooth.
Stain-resistant veneers maintain their appeal for up to 25 years with little effort required.
Veneers correct oral health concerns like:
- Uneven teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Other imperfections
Like traditional dental veneers (which have been around since the 1980s), Lumineers can be applied to your teeth to cover stubborn stains, fill in minor chips, reduce gaps between your teeth, and can even be used to adjust misalignments that aren’t serious enough for braces. But there the resemblance ends.
Lumineers are ultra-thin – only a fraction of a millimetre thick – but they are much more durable than traditional veneers. In fact, Lumineers have proven to last well over 20 years without needing repairs or replacement. The process involves bonding dental-grade porcelain to the enamel of your teeth, resulting in a marked improvement in their appearance and ensuring a strong and sturdy bond.
The whole procedure is virtually painless and takes next to no time to complete. Because Lumineers can be applied directly over your existing teeth, they often don’t require the removal of any part of the tooth so there’s no need for anesthesia or temporary veneers. This makes them a good alternative to traditional veneers. You can go to your appointment and be back to work all on the same day; and best of all, you’ll be able to show off your dazzling new smile.
Who Can Use Dental Veneers?
During a dental consultation, your dentist will ensure that veneers are right for your needs. Most people with healthy teeth/gums qualify for dental veneers; however, the consultation provides time to assess each person’s situation to make sure. During the consultation, you can ask the dentist any questions that you might have, as well as discuss your concerns. Your dentist can give you more information about veneers and help you better decide if they are suitable for your smile.
Dentists recommend dental veneers most often for adults 25 and up. However, younger patients may qualify for the procedure as well, depending on their oral health needs and concerns. The goal of a dentist is to make his or her patients happy with their smile using the safest, most efficient dental procedures available, catered to their individual needs. Patients who are suitable candidates for veneers usually will not have trouble with them, regardless of their age.
Schedule an appointment as soon as possible if tooth imperfections threaten your smile. The sooner you make a dental visit, the more options are available to correct your dental problems. Most any issue that impacts the teeth is treatable, but only if you visit the dentist quickly. Dentists offer a plethora of dental restoration options for their patients.
Call us today to find out if veneers are right for you!