Dental veneers are wafer-thin custom-made sleeves or shells of material that cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can give you a dazzling white smile of uniform-looking teeth. They are usually made of porcelain but can also be made from composite resin materials.
Veneers can change the color, shape, size, or length of a tooth so they are ideal for people who have a cracked or chipped front tooth, a tooth that is too small, or to address gaps between front teeth. People who have discolored front teeth due to stains from drugs such as tetracycline, excessive fluoride or smoking, are also good candidates for veneers.
For traditional dental veneers, your dentist needs to shave down the tooth enamel just enough to fit the veneer over the tooth. This is a permanent procedure and cannot be reversed. Veneer treatments usually require several visits to the dentist as the patient wears temporary veneers while the permanent ones are being made.
Once the veneers have been made, the dentist will use bonding cement to attach the veneer to each tooth. The color of the veneer can be adjusted with the shade of the cement that is used. When the veneer is in place, the dentist will use a special light beam to activate the cement chemicals which cause it to harden quickly.
Veneers are not for everyone as patients with gum disease or unhealthy teeth should not receive veneers. Dr. Kyle Radin at Good Health Dental: We can advise you on whether veneers are right for you.
If you have stained or chipped teeth, you might be interested in veneers as they will cover up your existing teeth. They are also a popular treatment for smile makeovers or for individuals who want their dream smile.
If you have extensive tooth decay, it’s not wise to simply cover it up with veneers. Talk to us about removing decay before getting started. If you grind your teeth, this could also be a problem. Good Health Dental can offer you a solution to help guard against damaging your veneers, such as a mouth night guard.
“If you have stained or chipped teeth, you might be interested in dental veneers. It’s a great way to get beautiful results fast.”
The preparation of veneers preserve the most amount of tooth structure, as very little needs to be removed. They can improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers. The color can be custom selected, and in the case of porcelain veneers they are stain resistant.
Once you have had your tooth prepared for the veneer, the process is not reversible. In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer. It is important to not have habits like pen-chewing or nail-biting as these can crack the veneer.
Veneers are not a good option for people with poor gum health. In addition, people who grind or clench their teeth are at risk for chipping or cracking their veneers.
Lastly, veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important that you maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.
Typically, a veneer lasts approximately 5-10 years. They do not require any special care other than regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the prosthodontist. If they are properly cared for then they can last much longer. Professional cleanings every 6 months and yearly exams are highly recommended.
Most people may have thought about getting dental veneers are some point to improve their smile, but the advanced nature of this procedure can cause potential patients to hesitate. Good Health Dental can provide you with the right size and shape of veneers to ensure they look natural and contribute to the comfortable function of your teeth.
If you’ve ever wondered if veneers would be a good fit for you, our dental team is ready to help you find out if they are an option for you. This popular procedure has helped many people smile more confidently, and we are happy to provide you with high-quality treatments.
At Good Health Dental, we are dedicated to provide you with a gentle and safe dental veneers treatment to improve the look of your smile.