Have you been struggling with tooth imperfections? Not to worry, you have options. Whether you have tooth discoloration, chipped teeth, misalignments, or cracks, dental veneers may be the best solution for you.
But first, what is a veneer? Simply put, a veneer is a thin coating or covering that is placed over the front of a tooth to repair it or hide the damage. In order to successfully place a dental veneer, a thin portion of the tooth’s enamel has to be shaved down to allow it to fit properly. It’s important to note that veneers cannot be undone, but that they also do not last forever, and typically need to be replaced after about 10-20 years.
We are here to help you make an informed decision about whether or not dental veneers are the best option for you. As part of that, here’s a snapshot of important facts that you should know about dental veneers:
Tooth shaving may be necessary: As noted above, tooth shaving is important when your tooth is damaged, stained, crooked or diseased. Generally, only a very thin portion of the tooth’s enamel is trimmed down in order to allow the veneer to fit correctly. Of course, the amount of enamel shaved will depend on your specific condition.
A dental veneer treatment may require a few appointments: Most dental veneer treatments require three appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth and take any necessary X-rays. From here, your dentist will create a treatment plan and schedule you for the main procedure. During your next appointment, your dentist will shave the tooth’s enamel. Additionally, impressions will be taken and sent to the lab in order to create customized veneers. In the interim, a temporary veneer will be placed to protect the tooth. Once the customized veneers are ready, you’ll return for a final appointment where your dentist will take out the temporary veneer and fit the permanent veneer with a stronger cement.
They are non-bleachable: You may be getting dental veneers because your teeth are stained; but note that dental veneers can also get stained. Unlike your natural teeth, veneers cannot be bleached. Why does this matter? If they get stained, the stains can’t be undone unless you opt for an alternative option like a dental crown.
Multiple dental issues can be addressed: Veneers are a versatile solution as they can be used to correct several dental flaws, including: cracked, stained, chipped, misaligned, or crooked teeth. Additionally, dental veneers can be used to fix teeth that are misshapen or uneven.
The process of placing a dental veneer is easy and painless: Have no fear, getting a dental veneer placed is easy and painless. Your dentist will numb the area, so you’ll feel nothing during the treatment. However, you may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure.
Dental veneers are long-lasting: If you properly care for your dental veneers, they can last for many years; though this may depend on the type of veneer that you have. Typically, the lifespan of porcelain veneers is 10-15 years as they’re more durable than composite veneers, which last for 5-10 years on average.
Dental veneers are easy to maintain: Since no surgery is involved, caring for your dental veneers is rather simple and straightforward. In fact, after most treatments, you can return to your normal dental routine immediately. Additionally, you do not need any special dental tools or products to maintain your veneers; you simply care for them the same way you care for your natural teeth.
Dental veneers are custom-made: Dental veneers must be prepared by your dentist specifically for your dental condition to ensure that they fit perfectly and comfortably.
Not everyone is eligible for dental veneers: Although dental veneers boast many benefits, some people may not qualify for the treatment. Factors that can preclude you from the treatment include:
- Regular teeth clenching and grinding
- Underbite or cross-bite
- Significant structural tooth damage
- Severe tooth crowding
- Gum disease
- Poor oral hygiene and habits
- Severe cavities
Have questions about dental veneers and whether or not they may be the right option for you? Contact us to set up an appointment or to have a conversation about what you’re experiencing so that we can provide the best guidance possible!