Dental veneers can give you that perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. However, it’s not a decision to make lightly. Dental veneers require the filing down of your natural teeth and permanently placing a veneer on top of the stump. Veneers, when done well, are indistinguishable from your real teeth and look perfect. Perfection, in dentistry, doesn’t mean seamless. Everyone has seen chiclet teeth, often on a celebrity, that are obviously fake. Those are veneers gone wrong.

Ideal teeth are straight and white, but have elements of blues and other shades that provide that authentic look. Veneers can be a fantastic option to correct teeth that aren’t fixable by any other means. For example, teeth that are misshapen or permanently stained, or small teeth with large gaps that aren’t addressable with orthodontics, are all good candidates for veneers.

Remember: Once your teeth are filed down for veneers, you can’t get them back. Veneers are permanent, but a great option for the right patients.

Are Veneers for Me?

Choosing veneers is a big decision, and one that should be made with a reputable cosmetic dentist by your side. Ask to see before and after photos. Request testimonials. Veneers usually take two appointments to complete, not including the consultation. In the first appointment, teeth are shaped, molds are created and temporary veneers called bonds are placed on the teeth for one to two weeks while the patient’s permanent veneers are being created — usually in an off-site lab. During the second appointment, the permanent veneers are placed, tested and polished. Veneers can last for 20 years or longer, depending on how well you care for them.

Getting veneers is a big decision. Schedule an appointment with your Oak Hills Dentistry team in Layton, Utah, today to discuss your options for veneers.