How do veneers work?
Veneers are ultra-thin shells that are cemented to the front of anterior teeth. While bonding can touch-up minor blemishes, veneers completely reshape a tooth. Many actors and celebrities turn to veneers to deliver drastic results and a perfect smile.
In order to receive a veneer, your doctor will need to remove a small layer of natural tooth structure. This step ensures that the veneer rests flush with the surface of nearby teeth. Veneer technology has come a long way. The veneers used at our office are incredibly natural-looking.
Are you a candidate?
Most of our patients are great candidates for the life-changing benefits of veneers. When determining your candidacy for this cosmetic treatment, one of our doctors will examine your teeth to ensure that there is healthy enamel available to receive the cosmetic shells. Candidates should be in good oral health.
Anyone seeking veneers should also be prepared to maintain their veneers by maintaining good oral hygiene habits, avoiding abrasive toothpastes that can wear veneers, and visiting our dental office for regular checkups and exams.
What can veneers address?
Veneers are extremely versatile. The shells, which are often fabricated from porcelain, can address teeth that are:
Porcelain veneers can even address gaps between teeth or crooked teeth. If you are considering undergoing orthodontic treatment, ask one of our doctors if you may be a candidate for “instant orthodontics” using veneers.
Veneer Treatment Overview
Before your veneers can be placed, your teeth will need to be prepared. This straightforward process requires that a small layer of natural tooth structure is removed.
Your First Visit
One of our doctors will use local anesthesia to numb your tooth. Patients who feel anxious about this step may benefit from nitrous oxide or oral sedatives that place patients in a dream-like state while their teeth are being prepped. Once your teeth are prepared, digital impressions will be taken and you will be given temporary veneers.
Our office works with a trusted dental lab that will fabricate your veneers to meet your personal cosmetic goals. A few weeks after your first appointment, your new veneers will arrive at our office and a time will be set to place your veneers. Your dentist will ensure that your veneers are a perfect fit and meet your expectations before the shells are cemented in place.
Maintaining Your Veneers
With proper care and regular dental visits, veneers can last well over 10 years. Treat your new veneers like natural teeth. Never use ceramic shells to tear open objects or to bite hard objects. Good oral hygiene habits will keep the underlying tooth structure strong. Brushing and flossing can also prevent gum recession, which can expose the base of your new veneers.
During your regular cleanings and checkups, members of our team can look for signs of premature wear or other problems related to your veneers that you may not have noticed. Veneers are durable, but they will not last forever. After 10 to 15 years, your veneers will need to be replaced at our dental practice.