Think that dental veneers may be the right choice for you? If one or more of your teeth are chipped, broken, stained or oddly shaped, know that these are just a few of the problems that veneers can fix. There have been many improvements in the dental niche in recent years, all of which give patients access to more ways to make cosmetic improvements that allow them to have a pleasant-looking smile.
What exactly are veneers?
Dental veneers are also known as porcelain veneers and dental porcelain laminates. They consist of thin pieces of porcelain that are custom made for every patient and are what dentists use to cover up different types of tooth imperfections. They are bonded to a tooth using a special bonding material, and because they are custom made, they are natural-looking.
The five most commonly asked questions about dental veneers
The list below includes common questions people have about veneers.
Are dental veneers permanent?
No, dental veneers are not a permanent cosmetic option for addressing problems in teeth. While veneers will not last forever, with proper care and regular dental appointments, they can easily last between 10 and 20 years. This is a long amount of time for a cosmetic dental option to last, which is why veneers are so popular.
Can dental veneers stain?
Yes, it is possible for dental veneers to get stained. The types of stains that can happen to veneers are called extrinsic stains, which means that any stains only occur to the outside of the veneer. Two common reasons that extrinsic stains will occur are consuming certain foods and drinks and smoking. Patients with veneers can go to a dentist and have them cleaned, allowing them to look brand new once again.
Are dental veneers reversible?
It depends. The process of getting a veneer placed on a dental patient's tooth often requires the removal of enamel so the veneer will stay securely in place. When a dental patient has to have any enamel removed from their teeth in order to get veneers, it means the process is not reversible. For patients who do not require any enamel to be removed from their teeth, then it is possible for the veneer placement process to be reversed.
Are dental veneers easy to care for?
Yes, taking care of dental veneers is not a difficult process at all. The porcelain shells are strong, so all anyone has to do is take proper care of their teeth, and their veneers will be properly cared for. Good oral care includes brushing the teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing the teeth at least once a day to remove any food particles that may be stuck in between the teeth.
Can anyone get dental veneers?
No, not just anyone can get veneers placed on their teeth. In order for a dental patient to be approved to get veneers, their teeth must be strong and healthy, and they must have an adequate amount of tooth enamel. For patients who have crooked teeth or who grind or clench their teeth, dental veneers may not be the right choice for them.
Are veneers the right choice for you?
Ready to use dental veneers to cover up any imperfections in your teeth that prevent you from showing off your smile? If you are, we invite you to contact us right now so we can get you scheduled in for your first appointment. If you are still not sure whether veneers are the right choice for you, then you can make a consultation appointment for more information. Ready to get the process started so you can have a great-looking smile?
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