What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers, also called dental porcelain laminates, are ultra-thin, custom-made sheaths of tooth-colored porcelain or resin that is applied to the front surface of teeth in order to improve their appearance.
Dental veneers may be made of porcelain or from a composite resin material similar to dental bonding. Porcelain veneers are superior to composite resin veneers in that they are more durable and resist stains better, while also providing a more natural appearance thanks to their light-reflecting properties, which are more similar to those of natural tooth enamel. Dr. Emily will be happy to discuss the most suitable material for your veneers based on your condition, your cosmetic dentistry goals, and your budget.
What are dental veneers used for?
Dental veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth, and each sheath may be used to alter the color, shape, size, or length of the tooth it is applied to. Dental veneers are often used to achieve a uniform appearance among teeth, to fill in spaces between teeth that are spaced too far apart, or to correct size irregularities between teeth, such as adding a little bit of length to a tooth that is shorter than its neighbors.
Veneers may also be used to cover teeth that have become discolored, either as a result of a root canal treatment or due to stains or discoloration produced by certain medications, excessive fluoride, or other causes. Veneers may also be used to cover teeth that have become worn down or those that are chipped, cracked, or broken.
Veneers also improve the appearance of teeth that are misaligned, irregularly shaped, uneven, and those that may have irregular craters or bumps in them.
How long do dental veneers last?
Dental veneers are designed to last anywhere from 7 to 15 years, although some patients have worn them longer than this. After 15 years, however, our doctors recommend that you have your veneers checked regularly by a dentist to make sure they don’t need to be replaced. You should plan to replace them if you haven’t yet by that time.
How should I care for my dental veneers?
Dental veneers do not require any special care other than the normal care you would give your teeth. Simply observe good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily, using an antiseptic mouthwash, and avoiding sugary foods and beverages.