What are Dental Veneers?

//What are Dental Veneers?

veneersEven if you are a person who takes great care of your teeth, over time, the normal wear and tear from everyday life may cause problems with the appearance of your smile.  If you have teeth that are misshapen, grossly discolored or that have an uneven texture dental veneers may be the solution you are looking for to help give you back that self-confident smile.

Dental veneers can be made of either porcelain or resin. Your dentist should be able to help you determine which type will be best for you. They are designed to fit on top of your own teeth and are designed to be the best shade of white to match the teeth in your mouth. The dentist can also shape and contour the veneers to provide you with a beautiful and natural-looking smile.  Porcelain veneers are ceramic and this material has many benefits.  First, they become very strong when your dentist bonds them to your teeth and they will typically last up to 15 years.  Secondly, these veneers are quite stain resistant.  One of the biggest advantages is that porcelain veneers reflect light much like your own teeth adding to their natural look.

Also make sure you discuss resin veneers with your dentist. Resin veneers are a less expensive option than porcelain veneers which may be an important factor for many dental patients considering this option. One downside is that the resin material may be more likely to chip, therefore not lasting as long as porcelain veneers. Their typical lifespan is around seven years.  Resin as a material is not a light-reflective as porcelain. This makes resin veneers a great option for your back teeth, but they may not be the best choice for your front teeth.

Once you have made the decision to go with dental veneers, and assuming that your dentist assessed your overall dental health during your consultation, you can expect two additional visits to your dentist to complete this procedure. During the first veneer appointment, your dentist will begin by doing some cutting down and reshaping of your teeth to appropriately prepare them for the veneers.

Next, your dentist will make an impression or mold of your mouth to be used as a guide to create your customized veneers. These impressions will be sent to an outside lab or an in-house technician to actually make your veneers. Most times you will leave the office with a set of temporary veneers. When you return, your dentist will place and bond your custom veneers. Your teeth could be a little sensitive at first, but that sensation should go away after a few days or so. Your dentist should provide you with comprehensive tips on how to best care for your veneers to ensure that they will last as long as possible.


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