Dental veneers, what are they and what are they used for?

A healthy and confident smile is very important to make a great first impression. Nothing should stop you from smiling with confidence. If your teeth are not as white as they used to be, or are chipped, cracked or crooked, you may want to consider dental veneers.

To help you understand this cosmetic dentistry procedure from start to finish, we've put together a comprehensive guide to dental veneers. It includes all the information you need before moving forward.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are an excellent option if you want to improve your smile while protecting your teeth. They are thin veneers that are usually made of tooth-colored porcelain or other composite materials. These veneers are bonded over the front of the teeth to hide imperfections and improve their appearance. Veneers can be made to fit a single tooth or cover several teeth.

Types of dental veneers

Dental veneers can be made from two different types of materials and a dentist can help determine which veneer material is the best choice for you:

  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain is the most popular type of material for veneers. The material is extremely durable, resists staining and best resembles the look and feel of natural teeth.
  • Composite resin veneers: Composite resin material can be sculpted directly onto the natural tooth and the procedure can be completed in one day. Although they are the less expensive option of the two veneer materials, they are not as versatile or durable as porcelain veneers.

When should veneers be placed on teeth?

Professional dentists can recommend the following dental veneers patients for a variety of reasons. For example, if your enamel is worn down, your teeth can become extremely sensitive to hot and cold sensations. Veneers can act as a protective covering for your teeth to reduce sensitivity and improve the appearance of your damaged teeth. In addition, if you want to improve the shape, color or alignment of your teeth, dental veneers can correct these problems and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

How does the dental veneers procedure work?

The first step in getting dental veneers is a consultation with your dentist. This will help you both determine what you hope to achieve with the procedure and give you the opportunity to address any concerns you may have. Your dentist may take photos or impressions of your natural teeth after performing an x-ray to identify any dental problems that need to be addressed first.

Depending on the type of veneers selected, the installation process may include the removal of some enamel to ensure that the veneers adhere properly to your teeth.

Post-procedure care

Your mouth and gums may be sore for a few days after the procedure, but this is completely normal and should pass as your mouth heals. Dental veneers such as porcelain veneers can last 10-15 years, depending on how well you take care of them, while composite veneers will last 5-7 years.

To keep them looking like new, treat them as if they were your natural teeth and be consistent with brushing and flossing. Also, visit your dentist at least twice a year for a more thorough cleaning.

Consult with our team of professionals who will recommend you those dental treatments that best suits your dental needs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.