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Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells built from porcelain. This ceramic material looks and feels just like natural enamel, and veneers are designed to fit over your existing teeth, covering up the front surfaces.
By doing so, veneers can treat a wide variety of cosmetic problems with your smile. They’re commonly used to cover up stains, fill gaps between teeth, treat misshapen and uneven teeth, and to repair minor chips. Depending on the situation, a single veneer may be used, or a full set may be built for the front teeth. Contact Vista Smiles now to schedule an appointment and see if this treatment is right for you.
You don’t need veneers for every tooth. Depending on your needs, you can get just one or an entire set.
To begin the process, you’ll need to come and see Dr. Anderson for a cosmetic consultation. During your appointment, he will examine your mouth and check your oral health. You will also have an honest discussion about how your smile makes you feel, and the cosmetic imperfections you want to fix. Then, based on your budget and preferences, Dr. Anderson will help you choose the right treatment for your unique case.
At your next appointment, Dr. Anderson will begin by cleaning your teeth and numbing your mouth. This ensures that you will be comfortable as your teeth are prepared. Next, Dr. Anderson will remove a very thin layer of enamel from each tooth that’s getting a veneer. This material will be replaced by your permanent veneers, and is removed to ensure they fit properly.
After this, Dr. Anderson will take molds and impressions of your teeth. These are sent to a dental lab, where your permanent set of veneers will be made. He will put a set of temporary resin veneers onto your teeth to protect them. You will come back in a few weeks when your permanent veneers have been completed.
To begin your final appointment at Vista Smiles, Dr. Anderson will remove your temporaries and clean your teeth. Then, he will check each of your porcelain veneers to ensure they fit properly. If everything looks good, he will attach them to your teeth using powerful dental cement. This completes the procedure.
In some cases, tooth staining or discoloration may not be treatable with other cosmetic dentistry methods, like teeth whitening. Severe stains or internal tooth stains, such as tetracycline stains, may persist even after teeth whitening. Veneers can completely cover up the stained tooth and restore its natural, bright appearance.
If your teeth are worn from issues like teeth grinding (bruxism), veneers may be an appropriate treatment to restore their shape and appearance. However, it’s important to also address the root cause of worn teeth. If you suffer from grinding, for example, you may need to get a night guard to protect your teeth after you get veneers.
Veneers may be used to treat minor chipping or breakage in the teeth, as long as the damage is limited to the outer layers of enamel and dentin. More serious tooth injuries may require the use of a dental crown and root canal therapy.
Veneers are also commonly used to treat and restore irregular or misshapen teeth, providing you with a straighter and more even smile.
Minor tooth misalignment and gapping can be resolved with veneers. Your teeth can be trimmed and then covered with veneers to correct these issues, and provide you with a more pleasing smile.
However, veneers can only be used to treat minor issues with misalignment and tooth gapping. For more serious teeth alignment issues, orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign or braces may be required before cosmetic treatment with veneers.
With proper care, your veneers can last between 10-20 years
No. Traditional veneers are bonded into place permanently, and are not meant to be removed. The procedure is not reversible, since it requires a thin layer of enamel to be permanently drilled away from your teeth. After your treatment, you will need to take proper care of your veneers, and have them replaced if any of them break or become dislodged.
This mostly depends on how well you take care of your veneers, but most patients can keep a set of veneers for 15 to 20 years. Over time, your veneers may wear down, and you may need to have individual veneers repaired or replaced.
The best way to prolong the lifespan of your veneers is to brush and floss properly, and to see your dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam. You should also avoid doing things that could break or dislodge your veneers, such as chewing non-food objects, chewing hard foods with your front teeth, or using your teeth as tools.
Veneers are typically made of ceramic porcelain materials that look and feel just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain can be matched to the color of your teeth and is very similar to enamel in hardness and translucence, making it an ideal option.
Resin veneers are also available, but they are typically only used as temporary veneers because resin does not look as natural, and is not nearly as durable compared to porcelain ceramic veneers.
Veneers and Lumineers are basically the same, with one big difference. Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, because they’re made out of a special, proprietary ceramic material. They are usually only about 0.2mm thick, compared to the 0.5mm thickness of traditional veneers. Because of this, Lumineers can often be placed without trimming your existing enamel. This is why they’re often called “no-prep” or “minimal-prep” veneers.
The cost of veneers will vary depending on how many teeth you're covering up, your oral health, the location of each tooth, and a variety of other factors. The best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to contact your dentist for a cosmetic consultation. Your dentist can examine your mouth, assess your oral health, and give you a quote for the cost of treatment with veneers.
For the most part, you can maintain your veneers in the same way you’d maintain your natural teeth. Just brush twice daily, floss once each day, see Dr. Anderson every six months for a cleaning and oral exam, and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. We also recommend that you avoid chewing really hard foods like ice or popcorn kernels with your veneers. Use your rear teeth instead. Don’t chew non-food objects like fingernails or pencils, and don’t use your teeth to help you do things like tear tape or rip open packages, either.
Veneers are a permanent dental treatment that requires the removal of enamel.