Veneers are best known fore creating stunning bright smiles, but what are the effects of treatment and will they have a negative impact on your speech?
Veneers are tooth-shaped shells, which are usually made from porcelain; they are stuck on to the natural teeth to create a stunning smile. With veneers, you can hide problems such as staining, chips and worn surfaces and enjoy a beautiful smile. Veneers are custom-made so that fit over the natural teeth perfectly.
When you have veneers fitted, they are simply placed over the top of your natural teeth. In most cases, the teeth are prepared in advance to make room for the veneers, so that they don’t feel uncomfortable and to ensure that they look natural. The preparation procedure simply involves taking away a very thin layer of the outer surface of the tooth and this can be done under mild anaesthetic to prevent pain. Once the teeth are ready, putty is used to create an impression of the teeth. This impression is used as a mould for the veneers to ensure they match the natural teeth perfectly. Once the veneers are ready, they are placed on top of the teeth and then fixed using dental adhesive.
To begin with it may take a little time to get used to your veneers, but they shouldn’t affect your speech to any great degree and after a couple of days, you won’t even notice that you have veneers over your natural teeth.
In some cases, people find that they have problems with specific sounds after having veneers fitted, but this shouldn’t happen after a couple of days if the teeth have been prepared properly.
Again, veneers can take a little getting used to and at first it may feel slightly odd when you eat; however, you will soon get used to eating with your veneers. Veneers can chip in the same way as normal teeth, so it’s best to take care when eating very hard foods.
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