What are Veneers?
Dental Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that are bonded to front teeth. They can be used for cosmetic purposes to close gaps and change the contour or shape of the tooth. Veneers may also be used for front teeth that have chipped or cracked. Veneers offer a minimally invasive, and safe way to rejuvenate a worn or aged smile.
Veneers are made of porcelain and bonded to natural tooth structure. Modern dental porcelains are extremely durable and will last many years. Also, porcelain offers the translucency and overall esthetic appearance of natural teeth.
Veneers are a safe non-invasive way to rejuvenate a worn or aged smile, and can also be used to treat chipped front teeth
What Can Patients Expect?
Veneers take a minimum of two visits for the actual procedure. Once a patient decides veneers are the right treatment, we will take an impression of your teeth prior to the procedure. This impression will act as a guide from which a lab technician can create a wax model of the final veneers. Also, from this wax model, we can create temporary composite veneers.
When a patient comes in for the first time, their teeth are prepared for the veneers. Preparation involves a very minimal amount enamel, just millimeters, removed from the surface of the teeth. The preparation makes room for the veneers that will be cemented in place over the natural tooth. Once the preparation is complete we will take a final impression, which the lab technician will use the fabricate the veneers. Dr. Martin will often use his 3D digital impression system, CEREC. This enables him to digitally send the impression to the lab. It also eliminates the need to use messy and uncomfortable impression material that has to set in the mouth. Finally we will use a template of the wax up model to create temporary composite veneers.
During the second visit, we will try in the porcelain veneer to make sure the fit and color are precise. Once satisfied with the try-in, the veneers will be bonded to the the teeth.
Because of the durability of modern dental porcelains, veneers can last a long time. While 10 years used to be average, no dental veneers last much longer.
Veneers are thin durable shells made of tooth color materials that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance.
Sometimes orthodontic treatment or gum treatment are necessary prior to placing veneers. Talk to your dentist about your detailed treatment. If you grind your teeth, this could damage your veneers and fabrication of night guard might be a necessary step in maintaining your beautiful smile.
The preparation of veneers preserves the most amount of tooth structure, as very little needs to be removed. They can improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers. The color can be custom selected, and in the case of porcelain veneers they are stain resistant.
Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a multi-step process. The first step is to get a consultation with a dentist. At this visit, you can outline your goals and concerns, and your doctor will explain how veneers will work for you. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may be needed. The second step is to prepare the teeth for the veneers. A small amount of teeth structure is removed and an impression is made. The doctor will then place temporary veneers. At the next appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneers are bonded to your tooth.
In the case of veneers made from tooth colored filling material, or composite bonding, this is a one appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth. This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist staining as well as a porcelain veneer.
As a cosmetic dentist, we can reinforce, restore, and improve teeth with our quality dental veneers, they will stay in place for many, many years. If the patient wants the longest life for dental veneers, there are a few precautions we advise. If the patient struggles with teeth clenching or grinding, especially at night, we can provide the patient with a night guard to protect the veneers from unnecessary wear.
The patient may also want to reduce the intake of sticky, extra hard, sugary, and acidic food or drink items. These will cause more strain on both the natural teeth and dental veneers. The patient should also remember to brush at least twice daily and to floss at least once a day. All of these precautions will ensure the long life of the dental veneers. Many patients report that their veneers last for 20 years or more without the need for improvements or replacements, but the average lifespan for a veneer is about 12 years. When was the last time you owned a car that lasted that long?
Brushing two times each day for two minutes, flossing daily, and wearing a night guard at night are great ways to protect the veneers. It is also beneficial to avoid eating very hard foods like almonds, or cracking shells with the front veneers.