Dental veneers are porcelain shells that cover your tooth enamel to change the color, shape, size, and length of the teeth.
Want to know more? Here are five facts that will give you an idea of what they are all about.
Our dentist can recommend veneers to rectify several dental imperfections and enhance your appearance.
Due to our habits and diet, our teeth can get discolored and stained. Although professional teeth whitening is the treatment of choice, dental veneers can also be used to rectify severely discolored teeth.
When you have a jaw and teeth size imbalance, gaps are bound to form. Small gaps usually don’t need any dental restoration. However, having large diastema can cause the teeth to shift thereby weakening them. Using veneers helps to close the gap and restore the appearance of your teeth.
The teeth are strong but can crack or chip due to decay or erosion. The dental veneers are used to repair the crack and chips.
Teeth misalignment can be fixed with dental braces, but for severe spacing, the dental veneers will be effective.
Dental veneers require three dental visits to be complete.
A series of actions are done during your initial dental appointment:
It involves fixing the permanent veneers. The temporary veneers are removed, the teeth cleaned and roughed in preparation for bonding. The dentist will use a special cement to hold the veneers in place and remove excess cement before polishing the teeth for a cleaner appearance.
A follow-up visit will be set after a couple of weeks to examine the veneers’ placement and gums are responding well.
Dental veneers require trimming of the enamel of the adjacent teeth to create space and a comfortable fit. Once the enamel has been reduced, it doesn’t grow back. That means you will need to use veneers or dental crowns to keep your teeth protected even when you choose to change the dental restoration treatment.
You can opt for resin-based or porcelain veneers options. Most people prefer porcelain as it is natural-looking and blend effortlessly with your teeth. The resin-based or composite is cheaper and requires less enamel trimming. However, they are thin and porous meaning they are prone to staining.
Of the two options, porcelain, though expensive, offer the best solution and its durable.
Dental veneers can last between 5 to 20 years depending on your oral health. It is, therefore, important to maintain proper dental health. Remember, underneath the veneers are your natural teeth and poor hygiene can cause bacteria to creep in and cause decay.
Also, don’t use your teeth as a tool to open hard objects or bite down your nails. Your veneers can crack or chip, and once they do you need a new set as they are irreparable.
Don’t forget to get bi-annual dental checkups. Our cosmetic dentist will be able to detect any dental problems, if any and address them promptly.
Besides the irreversible enamel trimming, the teeth veneers are safe and provide a better solution for mild dental imperfections.
If you have any questions and would like to learn more about veneers, contact us. Our Worcester MA dentist will answer your questions and guide you in choosing a suitable dental treatment.