Dental Veneers–Make Your Smile a Dazzling One


Veneers create a beautiful and custom-crafted new look for your teeth. With a super-thin new skin your teeth can have great, bright color and be free of blemishes and imperfections.

Dental veneers are a wafer-thin layer applied and bonded to the surface of your teeth to improve their color, their shape and fix any problems with their size or length.

There are two types of veneers, porcelain veneers and resin-composite veneers. Which type is right for you is a matter to discuss with the dentist, an examination and evaluation is required in order to determine which choice is the most suitable for your teeth.

Porcelain veneers are generally preferred for their superior stain-resistance and for their more natural look. This is due to the fact that porcelain reflects light naturally, it more closely mimics the look of your teeth. However not all teeth have adequate enamel for porcelain veneers, as a thin layer of enamel must be removed when applying the veneers. In this case, resin veneers are a better choice, as they are thinner and require less enamel removal for bonding purposes.

What Can Veneers Do for You?

Most people think of veneers for their cosmetic value. Some teeth are so severely discolored that whitening cannot fully do the job. This is often occurs from years of living, root canal treatments, the use of certain drugs or antibiotics, environmental factors and/or large fillings In all of these cases, dental veneers can do a great job of creating beautiful, stain-free teeth.

However, there are many benefits to veneers beyond giving you a clean, bright smile. Over time teeth do wear down, after all we use them almost constantly and they are exposed to all sorts of grinding, pressure and impacts on a daily basis. Veneers can help restore worn-down teeth, fix chips or breaks and create a wholesome looking tooth again.

Almost no one is born with a perfect set of teeth. They are spaced differently, have gaps, are misaligned and don’t always match up. With veneers it is possible to correct these irregularities, even out misalignment and to fill gaps. The result is a set of very good-looking teeth that are free of ugly imperfections, which certainly makes our clients smile!


What to Expect When You Have Veneers Done


Veneers are a custom product and normally take several trips to get them done. Often a follow-up visit is required as well after they have been placed.

    • Your first trip will be to get a consultation and evaluation to find out if veneers are suitable for your teeth and what type of results could be obtained. This is the time to discuss what you are hoping to achieve and to better understand what the entire process will involve. We will need to examine your teeth and may even wish to take x-rays before recommending proceeding with the veneers. Then, assuming veneers are right for you, another visit will be scheduled to prep your teeth and make impressions for the veneers.
    • At the next visit the doctor will remove a layer of enamel equal to the thickness of your new veneers, about one-half a millimeter. (Note, in most cases only the front, visible teeth will receive veneers.) Often a local anesthetic for numbing the area is used for this procedure.
    • Then impressions are taken of the teeth so that the lab can fashion your custom “shells” or veneers. It usually takes a week or two for the veneers to come back from the lab. In some circumstances the Doctor may recommend applying temporary veneers, which will require additional work and an extra cost.
    • When your veneers come back from the lab it is time for the fun–bonding them to your teeth and giving you a new smile.
    • Before permanently attaching them they will need minor fitting and adjustments, so the Doctor will temporarily place them on your teeth to check color and fit. With a little trimming and some variation of the cement shade a perfect fit and color can be achieved.
    • Once this is done then it is time to prep the teeth. First they are cleaned, polished and etched so that a clean, strong bond can occur.
    • Cement is then applied to the teeth and the veneers are set into place. A special light is then used in order to get the cement to fully fix and create a quick yet permanent bond with the veneers.
    • The Doctor will then check for adjustments, clean up any excess cement and may ask that you come back for a follow-up visit.


Know Before You Go!


Your New Smile after Veneers

One of the great things about porcelain veneers is that they create great looking teeth that still look completely natural. In practically all cases, the body and gums respond very well to the porcelain. Unlike dentures, bridges or braces the veneers don’t cause discomfort. They are extremely stain resistant and quite durable, with a normal life span of about 10 years. Plus, they can lighten even the darkest and most discolored of teeth.

However, like anything, there are some things to keep in mind when deciding about getting dental veneers:

  • Getting veneers involves removing a layer of enamel. This means that the choice is permanent and can’t be reversed at a later date. It also means that some teeth may become more sensitive to hot/cold foods or liquids.
  • Although quite tough and durable veneers can crack, chip and even fall off. While unlikely and normally preventable by avoiding activities like chewing on ice or other hard objects they still can suffer damage. In this event they are not repairable but must be removed and replaced.
  • They aren’t recommended for heavy teeth grinders.
  • Unhealthy or decayed teeth can suffer with veneers. In such cases dental crowns are a better and more suitable choice.
  • Thin enamel layers, or individuals with very sensitive teeth, can make veneers a poor choice as well.
  • Weak teeth, such as from excessively large cavities and fillings.
  • Unhealthy gums or diseased gums often need to be treated before veneers can be considered.
  • A misaligned jaw, poor bite or needed orthodontic work can all be factors that can make veneers unsuitable and these need to be evaluated.

These are all factors that we take into account and are entrusted by our patients to advise upon. If you are interested in dental veneers, you can trust us to help you make the right decision. The best thing to do is to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you to have a beautiful and healthy smile.

However, even if veneers are not a suitable choice for you, there are alternatives to correct problem teeth. Composite bonding and crowns can solve many dental issues and problems. Veneers may be best suited for individuals who want to change the shape of their teeth more than just a little bit¬, as is done with bonding, but not enough to require a crown.

What Care is Required to Maintain Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers can chip or come off if not cared for properly. To improve their durability and longevity you need to maintain consistent good oral hygiene and have regular dental examinations and cleanings at least twice each year. In addition, you must avoid using them to bite or crack hard objects like nuts and ice.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Costs of veneers vary depending on what part of the country you live in and on the extent of your procedure. Generally, veneers range in cost from $500 to $1,300 per tooth. The cost of veneers is not generally covered by insurance. To be certain, check with your specific dental insurance company.


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