If you’ve been wondering how to get a flawless star-studded smile, you know it takes a lot more than a few whitening treatments and homemade bleaching remedies. In fact, many of the smiles you see on celebrities and international beauty bloggers are enhanced using one of the best-kept beauty secrets —veneers.

Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that is attached to the natural tooth to cosmetically enhance the smile. Having bright and white dazzling teeth has now become the secret to having the perfect “Hollywood smile”. You may have heard of porcelain veneers, but might not be sure how they actually work or if they’re right for your needs.

We reached out to Dr.Hassan Badreldin, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Cosmetic Dentist, owner of Badreldin Dental Center to ask him everything we want to know about getting Veneers. Dr. Badreldin revealed to us what veneers are, who they’re for, and everything else that anyone who is thinking about getting veneers should know.

Are veneers usually done for a medical purpose or to beautify the Teeth?

The goal is to change the size, color, and/or shape of your tooth improving its appearance. They are used most often on:

– Teeth that are discolored from root canals, fillings, or other procedures.
– Chipped or broken teeth.
– Irregularly shaped teeth or misaligned Teeth.
– Teeth with gaps between them.
– Any other dental issue that results in a loss of self-confidence.

Who are veneers not for? 

  1. People who want to change the shape of their teeth considerably due to extensive damage are better candidates for dental crowns.
  2. People who are only looking for a whiter color and no changes in shape should consider teeth whitening and not veneers.
  3. People with a crooked dental arch or badly aligned teeth should not opt for veneers but for orthodontic treatment like braces.
  4. People who grind or clench their teeth often should not opt for the procedure as the veneers can be easily broken by the movement.
  5. If you have decayed teeth and suffer from periodontal diseases that cause itching, redness and swelling in gums, then you may not be able to undergo a veneering procedure.

Are veneers permanent or do they have to be replaced after a certain amount of time?

Most veneers last for about 5-10 years. However, there might be a need for the replacement of a veneer, during this time period if not enough care is given.

Is there any maintenance required after getting veneers? 

Veneers require regular after care through brushing and flossing, like natural teeth, to maintain their polish and whiteness.

Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple, treat them with routine brushing and flossing as you would your original teeth. You should also return to your dentist for regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and because your dentist needs to inspect your dentistry for any sign of potential failure.

Is it possible to get veneers on only your front teeth and not all of them?

Theoretically, porcelain veneers can be placed on any tooth in the anterior or posterior area. Usually, for better aesthetic result the veneers are placed on all anterior teeth. The problem with placing veneers on molar teeth is the high risk of fracture and falling off due to excursive (side) movements of the jaw. Crowns on posterior teeth are more durable to the high pressures of grinding food.

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