Veneers are a great option to cosmetically improve your smile and teeth appearance.
What are Dental Veneers?
These very thin shells, typically made of porcelain or resin, that are bonded to the front of your teeth to enhance the beauty of your smile. Our dentist may recommend dental veneers to correct several types of smile imperfections. Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for enhancing your smile because the color and translucence of porcelain is a great match for the natural appearance of tooth enamel. Porcelain is stain resistant as well, so your smile will stay bright for years to come. Resin veneers can also be matched to your natural tooth color. With dental veneers, you can achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile that you will love to show off.
Our dentist may recommend dental veneers if you would like to improve the appearance of your smile. Custom-made veneers can be used for just one tooth or for your entire smile. We may suggest veneers to:
- Close large spaces and gaps between teeth
- Whiten teeth that are severely stained or discolored
- Improve the appearance of irregularly shaped teeth
- Correct slightly crooked teeth
- Restore teeth that are broken, chipped, worn, or fractured
Dental veneers can be made from composite materials made of porcelain or resin. Porcelain veneers have better resistants to stains than resin veneers and better imitate light reflecting natural teeth properties. You will need to talk to your dentist about the best choice of veneer material for you.
Usually getting a dental veneer requires three trips to the dentist. One for a dental consultation and two for making and applying the veneers. The veneering process can be performed simultaneously.
Diagnosis and planning of treatment.
This first step will require your active involvement. Explain the result you are trying to achieve to your dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth during this appointment to ensure that dental veneers are suitable for you and discuss what the procedure is going to involve and some of its limitations. He or she may also take X-rays and may make your mouth and teeth impressions.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer treatment, your dentist will take away around 1/2 a millimeter of enamel from the surface of your tooth, which is almost equal to the thickness of the veneer that will be added to the surface of your tooth. You and your dentist will decide on the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area before trimming the enamel. Your dentist will then make your tooth model or impression. This model will be sent to a dental laboratory, which will build your veneer. It usually takes your dentist 2-4 weeks to get the veneers back from the lab. Temporary dental veneers can be placed for very unsightly teeth.
The veneer is applied with a special cement and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly positioned on the tooth, a special light beam will be applied to the dental veneer, that activates chemical substances in the cement, and causes the cement to harden and cure quickly. The final steps of the veneer applying process are to remove any excess cement, evaluate your bite and make any final adjustments as necessary with the veneer.
Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing the color and shape of a tooth. Veneers do not generally require extensive shaping prior to the procedure, but offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative to a crown.
Dental veneers do not require any special treatment. Continue following good hygiene practices, brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash is enough to keep your veneers looking their best. Veneers typically last 7-15 years. After this time they will require replacement.
Although veneers do not require special care and are stain resistant, we recommend avoiding beverages that cause staining. Coffee, tea, or red wine are examples some beverages that may cause staining.
Veneers are a great way to enhance your smile, especially when your teeth are chipped, malformed, very discolored or unwilling to be whitened. Veneers look like real teeth. Porcelain is a ceramic coating that had many similar properties of real teeth. Porcelain will be placed over the front and edge of the teeth to lengthen short teeth, repair chipped or broken teeth, or enhance teeth color. The veneer tooth enhancement process can be completed in just two to three visits, the color changes easily, and the porcelain has a real tooth like look and shouldn’t stain.
We invite you to call or visit our office today to learn more about custom dental veneers and how we can enhance your smile. We look forward to hearing from you!