A veneer is a thin covering that is placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth's surface. Veneers can change the color, shape, size, or length of a tooth. Here are a few frequently asked questions about dental veneers.
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that covers the front surface of your tooth to enhance its appearance. Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth using the same dental resin used to fill cavities. Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer only covers the front of a tooth.
Veneers generally last 10 to 15 years before they need to be replaced. They're mostly used for cosmetic purposes to improve the look of teeth, but they can also protect damaged enamel from further damage.
Dental veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth to change their shape, color, and size. The dentist begins by shaping the teeth and removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the veneer. Impressions are taken and sent to a lab where each veneer is custom-made to fit the patient's mouth perfectly. Once they're ready, the dentist places each one over the teeth and ensures a comfortable fit and a natural appearance.
As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. They are very resistant to wear from busy or hard chewers. Patients can typically expect their veneers to last between ten and fifteen years before requiring replacement or repair. If you are interested in veneer replacement, be sure to speak with your dentist about the process and options for care.
To minimize your risk of chipping or breaking, avoid chewing on fingernails, pencils, or other hard objects. Additionally, take care to avoid biting into very hard foods like ice or bones, as this could chip or fracture a tooth with a veneer on it. When you visit your dentist for your regular checkups, ask him about additional steps you can take to maintain your brilliantly white smile!
As with natural teeth, good oral hygiene is also essential for maintaining healthy veneers. Brush twice a day, floss regularly, and see your dentist bi-annually for teeth cleanings and examinations. This will help ensure that you keep your veneers for as long as possible.
To answer this question, we recommend scheduling a consultation with us at our dental office! We will examine your smile and help you determine if any cosmetic treatment is right for you. Also, we can answer any questions you have about veneers at this time. In some cases, we may recommend an alternative treatment if we feel that it is not in your best interest to get traditional porcelain veneers. For example, if you have significant tooth wear, you may need restorative work before you can get dental veneers.
If you are interested in learning more about what types of treatments we can use to improve the appearance of your teeth, we invite you to call us. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile ever!