Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that are placed on the front of the teeth to conceal dental defects like stained, uneven, and chipped teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth to alter their color, shape, size, or length. When veneers are bonded to the teeth, they can be color-matched to the permanent teeth to look natural.
Benefits of dental veneers
Veneers can give you a beautiful smile and hide a number of dental imperfections. At-home whitening kits can brighten your smile by one or two shades, but veneers can make your teeth up to nine shades whiter. The porcelain material reflects light, so your teeth will look bright and clean.
Veneers are also highly stain-resistant. If you drink coffee, tea, or red wine, you may find that your teeth are darker and duller looking. Dental veneers will protect your teeth from these substances.
Veneers are also strong and durable and typically last for 10 to 15 years.
The other benefits of veneers are as follows:
- Appearance: With its translucency, porcelain matches the appearance of a natural tooth.
- Durable: Veneers are resistant to stains and chipping.
- Versatility: Porcelain veneers offer huge versatility - they can conceal even the most severe discoloration or spacing issues.
How is a veneer placed?
The veneer procedure generally takes two to three visits, with each visit lasting about one hour. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken, and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist. A temporary veneer is placed to protect the tooth while the permanent veneer is being fabricated by a dental lab.
Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers are a good choice for patients who want to address multiple problems with their smiles at the same time.
Is a veneer right for you?
Dental veneers are most often recommended to treat the following dental problems:
- Misshapen teeth
- Irregular spacing
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that appear small or childlike
- Teeth that overlap
- Teeth that appear elongated
If your teeth have cracks, chips, or deep stains, then dental veneers may be a good solution for you. A dentist can help you decide if dental veneers are right for you after examining your teeth.
How do I care for dental veneers?
After receiving a dental veneer, patients should practice thorough oral hygiene to prevent the veneer from staining. Regular brushing and flossing will remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles from around both the tooth and veneer. Patients should also maintain regular dental exams and cleanings since cleanings remove areas of plaque buildup that patients cannot reach.
Edward Shluper DDS, located at Mountain Lakes, NJ, has expert dentists and the latest technologies that enable the best dental care for patients. Dial (973) 743-5432 to book an appointment with the dentist and to know more about dental veneers and other services provided.