I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Have you heard about dental veneers as a way to fix cosmetic problems with your teeth, but do not know much about them? If so, you will definitely have some questions about dental veneers so that you can completely understand the process.
Do Dental Veneers Cover The Entire Tooth?
It is important to know that dental veneers are custom-made for your teeth and are designed to only cover the front surfaces and edges of your teeth. The rear side of your teeth inside your mouth, which is the side that nobody can see, is going to remain untouched. This makes veneers quite different from getting a dental crown, which covers all sides of the tooth with artificial material. Veneers are more like artificial fingernails when you look at how they cover the visible surface.
How Are Your Teeth Prepped?
The process of installing dental veneers involves some preparation so that the veneers can adhere to the surface. This is done by removing a thin layer of enamel on the front surface of your teeth. This is done to make the surface rough so that the veneers have a surface to grip to during the installation process.
Your dentist may not even use anything to numb your teeth for the preparation process since so little enamel is actually removed. However, they may numb your teeth if they need to go underneath the gum line for the veneers and it is causing you pain.
Are There Different Types Of Veneers?
If you are wondering about what your options are for dental veneer material, know that there are typically three options that your dentist will offer. These options are no-prep, composite, and porcelain veneers. No-prep veneers actually do not require any removal of the enamel for them to work. If the dentist does remove enamel, it will only be a very thin layer than what is necessary when compared to other veneer types. However, these veneers are known for having the shortest lifespan of the three veneer options. You may not want no-prep veneers if you are looking for long-lasting veneers.
Composite veneers are going to have a longer lifespan than no-prep veneers, but not as long as porcelain veneers. This makes either composite or porcelain veneers a better choice for those people that do not want to think about their veneers for a long time.
Reach out to a dentist in your area, such as Dan Czapek, D.M.D., to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.