There are many factors that can contribute to the health of our teeth, including: genetics, diet, lifestyle, and oral hygiene habits. Because we’re all so different, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry practices. Therefore, consulting with a dentist on how to best care for your own teeth is an important step toward creating a smile you’re happy with.
Depending on the particular individual’s needs, one of the most effective interventions in dentistry is dental veneers. Dental veneers are used in a variety of different contexts, such as in cases where patients have cracked, chipped, irregularly shaped, or ground-down teeth, or if there are gaps between the teeth. Veneers aren’t always the right solution in every case for every person. That’s why it’s important to consult with a professional dentist, ask a lot of questions, and check up on these few factors to consider first:
Your Current Oral Health
It’s critical for your dentist to assess your current level of oral care before assigning veneers as the best route for treatment; if they don’t assess for this, then you might want to take your business elsewhere. Veneers aren’t exactly a cheap process, and dentists want to make sure you have the right dental practices down before incurring expensive dental work. Your dentist must ensure that you will take proper care of your teeth once your veneers are applied. Proper dental hygiene takes practice and consistency. Frequent teeth cleanings and dental appointments are important for your ongoing oral health in that your dentist can see how you’re taking care of your smile, and they can recommend other practices that might work best for your daily oral care.
Teeth grinding is a threat to the longevity and durability of your veneers, and to your own teeth for that matter. Grinding teeth is usually stress-related, and if you’re unable to contain the amount of stress in your life, your dentist may want to ensure the quality of your veneers by giving you a custom-made night guard to wear while you sleep. This will protect the veneers from becoming worn down due to grinding. Teeth grinding isn’t good for natural teeth either; it can lead to cracks, fissures, and worn-down enamel. It can also cause jaw tension that can further add to your stress and discomfort. Talk with your doctor about what you can do to reduce teeth grinding and ask for other suggestions besides a mouth guard.
The Cost of the Process
Not all dentists charge the same amount of money for the same dental procedure. Veneers often involve the use of expensive technology, and they take time to make properly and effectively. Depending on where you go to have your veneers made and applied, you might end up paying more for the same service and same quality of work. Scheduling multiple consultations and getting second opinions is an important step to take before going through with the veneer process. Be sure to do your homework before choosing a dentist that you’re comfortable with, and of course, be sure to ask plenty of questions!
Do You Have Any Questions for Your Dentist?
Again, it’s important that you not only feel comfortable with your dentist, but that all of your questions are answered before beginning the veneer process. Dentists are not all equally qualified to perform this procedure, and some dentists are further better at it than others. To get to know your dentist and his or her quality of work, it’s important to get recommendations, look at online reviews, and make a list of questions for each dentist practice you consult with.
How We Can Help
Here at the Dental Group of Simi Valley, CA, our practice is founded on our integrity and quality of work that has carried through generations of exceptional dentistry. Since the early 1960s, we have continued our efforts to stay on top of education in the field of dentistry, learning the newest technology and most relevant dental practices available to provide for our community with each year that passes. When it comes to dental veneers, we believe that every process should be highly individualized and tailored to the needs of the patient. If you think you may be a good candidate for dental veneers, or would simply like to schedule a consultation to learn more about our services, please call one of our helpful professionals directly.