A dental veneer is a thin shell that’s custom-made to fit over your existing tooth. Although there are a few different materials used today to make veneers, including composite resin, porcelain is the most commonly used. Porcelain veneers have many advantages:
They look more natural.
They are strong and durable.
They can last up to 20 years if properly cared for.
They don’t stain easily.
Veneers are an irreversible treatment because they require your dentist to remove a minimal amount of tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. However, the enamel loss is less than that required to place a crown or cap. Your dentist will conduct a thorough oral health evaluation to determine the best option for your specific needs.
What’s involved in getting porcelain veneers?
After your dentist prepares your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the front and sides, an impression, or mold, is made. Your dentist chooses the specific shade of the veneer that best matches the color of your natural teeth.
In some cases, the impression is sent to a dental lab that custom-sculpts your porcelain veneers. Because this can take up to a week, your dentist will give you temporary veneers to wear while you wait. Other dental offices are equipped with a technology that lets them fabricate your veneer on site, making a same-day veneer placement possible.
When the permanent veneers are ready, your dentist checks the fit, shape, and color, and then bonds them to your teeth.
Caring for your new veneers
Good oral hygiene can help your veneers last as long as possible. Brush and floss daily, and schedule regular cleanings. Cavities can develop under or around veneers, and checkups let your dentist detect any fractures or loosening in the early stages.
Although your veneers will need to be replaced at some point, proper maintenance can ensure that your beautiful smile lasts for years. Contact us today to find out if veneers are the right option for you!