You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance and are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Although veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they help makeover smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also boast protective qualities and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other benefits include durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns
Dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
- Worn enamel
- Wear and tear
- Uneven teeth
Am I a Candidate for Dental Veneer?
To determine if you are a candidate for dental veneers, our dentist will schedule a preliminary consultation during which your oral health will be evaluated and all available treatment options with the most minimally invasive options are discussed. Treatment involving tooth preparation is irreversible. During your consultation, you will actively participate in the “smile design process.” By sharing your preferences for the shape, length, width and color of the veneers and the change in the appearance of your smile that you want them to create, you help ensure that your treatment will meet your expectations. It is important that your dentist understands your objectives during your veneer consultation.
What should I expect?
The dental veneer procedure can often be completed in two visits over the course of two to three weeks. The visits are comprehensive and require examination and tooth preparation. Your dentist also will work with you to select the best tooth color for you from a special shade chart
- First, your dentist will likely administer a local anesthetic so you will be comfortable during tooth preparation and placement of the veneer.
- If your treatment involves direct composite resin veneers, your dentist then will apply the appropriately shaded composite to your teeth, shape the material and harden it using a high intensity light.
- If your treatment requires porcelain veneers, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth from which a mold of your mouth will be made.
- This impression may be sent to an outside dental laboratory where the veneers will be professionally fabricated.
- However, after your teeth are shaped, they may be more sensitive to hot and cold due to the loss of enamel during tooth preparation.
How to take care of my Veneer?
- Veneers are durable and have been shown to last for many years before requiring replacement.
- Seeing your dentist and hygienist for regular examinations and dental cleanings is important for maintaining the health of your mouth and longevity of your restorations.
- Aftercare is extremely important. Chipped or fractured porcelain veneers cannot be repaired and it might be extra cost to replace them.
- To reduce the risk of damage, do not bite or chew on hard objects such as nut shells or bones, and do not use your teeth to open or tear packages.
- Your dentist also may advise you to avoid certain foods that could cause damage.
- Brush and floss your teeth as you normally would, and be sure to use a non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Because veneers are highly polish-able, the risk of staining them with food or drink after the procedure is complete is greatly reduced. However, brushing after drinking red wine, coffee, tea or soda is advisable.
- Care must be taken not to abuse veneers because the thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or break.
- Your dentist may recommend you wear a protective appliance while sleeping, especially if you are a bruxer.