If you have chipped, cracked, or stained teeth veneers can give you a perfect smile. They are made of porcelain and are custom-made for each patient so that they fit the tooth perfectly.
Most patients are numb during the veneer procedure so there is no pain. The dentist will remove some of the natural enamel to ensure the veneers lie flush against the teeth.
A veneer is a thin durable shell made of tooth colored materials that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance. The most common type of veneer is porcelain, which is extremely durable and stain-resistant.
During the procedure, your dentist will trim and shape the veneer to fit it to your teeth, occasionally testing it for color and reshaping as necessary. Once satisfied, the tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched to roughen it for bonding. A special cement is then applied and a light beam is used to activate chemicals that cause it to harden very quickly.
Your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits will significantly impact the lifespan of your dental veneers. Brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding sugary and acidic foods, and making regular dental appointments will help to protect your veneers. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can also shorten the lifespan of your veneers, so if you suffer from this condition it is important to wear a mouthguard at night.
Unlike crowns, veneers do not require drilling and are minimally invasive. They are a great choice for repairing chipped, broken or discolored teeth or to fill small gaps. However, because they can change the shape and size of your natural teeth, they should be considered an elective procedure rather than a necessity. The additional risk of veneers, compared to alternatives like teeth whitening, may not be worth the cost for many patients, especially since they are generally non-reversible.
Dental veneers are customized to match your teeth for a natural look. They also hide small gaps that can cause your teeth to look unhealthy and unattractive. These crevices are ideal for accumulating bacteria that can lead to decay or periodontal disease. A cosmetic dentist can close these gaps with the right veneers so you don’t have to worry about these problems.
Veneers are fabricated out of porcelain to create the most natural-looking results. They are nonabsorbent, so they won’t stain as easily as your natural teeth. Porcelain is also much stronger than composite resin, so your veneers will last longer. Some cosmetic dentists offer Lumineers, which are more translucent than traditional veneers for a more natural appearance.
Your dentist will also guide you through the shape of your veneers to ensure they seem natural. Certain shapes are more masculine or feminine, and there are also sizes that will work best for you. A smaller face typically requires smaller teeth, while a larger face may need larger ones to balance out your features.
You’ll be able to enjoy a natural-looking smile that will make you feel more confident and improve your self-esteem. When you have a beautiful smile, it’s easier to be social and open up to people around you. You may also find yourself smiling more often, which can help you feel happier and healthier!
A veneer covering can completely change a tooth’s color, shape, or appearance. This procedure is very versatile, and can correct a wide range of dental issues. It can help hide discoloration, chips or crooked teeth, but also provides an alternative to costly procedures like crowns and root canals.
The cosmetic dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth before applying the veneers, and then remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of each tooth to make room for the veneer. Your dentist will then use a grinding tool to roughen up the tooth on which they are working. This will allow the dental cement to bond to the tooth easily.
Porcelain veneers are more natural looking than the resin composite options, and have the advantage of not changing color over time. Resin composite veneers are prone to staining, and may have an unnatural look over time.
Once the veneers are applied, it’s important to take good care of them. Avoid eating or drinking foods and drinks that can stain the tooth (such as coffee, tea, red wine, and soda). It’s best to use an electric toothbrush with soft bristles. Your dentist may recommend an antiseptic mouthwash that will kill bacteria, and protect your gums. Be sure to use it every time you brush, and after using any acidic or highly pigmented food or drink.
Veneers are a quick and relatively painless procedure. They are designed to correct a number of issues, including crooked teeth, chips, gaps, and discoloration. In general, veneers are made of porcelain and resin composite materials that look like natural teeth and offer a variety of color options to match your smile. Both types of veneers are fairly durable and can last for years with proper oral hygiene.
Porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment, so they may not be fully covered by your dental insurance. However, our team at Comfort Dental Care and Orthodontics works with patients to help them defray the costs of important dental procedures through affordable financing options.
The first step in the veneers process involves a consultation and exam to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. We will also take mouth impressions and choose a shade that enhances your smile. Once your veneers are ready, we will schedule an appointment to apply them to your teeth and check the fit.
We typically place temporary acrylic restorations that mimic the appearance of the veneers, which you will wear for up to three weeks. During this time, we encourage you to brush and floss your teeth twice each day to keep them looking their best. Also, be sure to avoid eating hard foods or clenching your teeth.