Dental veneers are specially designed, natural-looking tooth coverings that can be attached to the front of your teeth to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Usually, dental veneers are made from either porcelain or a resin-composite and are bonded permanently to the teeth, offering a long-term solution to stained, damaged, or unsightly teeth.
As we will explain in our initial consultation, veneers are a popular treatment option for managing a number of different cosmetic dentistry concerns. Some of these concerns include broken, stained, chipped, or small-sized teeth. While some people choose to have veneers fitted to their entire smile, you can opt to have just one or two veneers fitted to fix damaged or heavily stained teeth. However, in order to create a more symmetrical smile, most people opt to have at least six or more veneers fitted to their teeth. We would love to talk with you about your vision for your smile and help you choose what will work best for your individual needs. You may have questions for us, which we will be sure to answer as we discuss your options.
Are there different types of veneers?
Usually, dental veneers are made out of porcelain, however, composite materials are also sometimes used, depending on the exact requirements of the patient. Applying traditional veneers made from porcelain requires a longer preparation process, whereas composite veneers tend to require less preparation to fit.
When applying traditional veneers, usually the natural tooth needs to be ground down slightly to ensure a smooth surface for the veneer to be fitted to. By grinding the tooth down and removing some of the enamel, it is easier to apply the veneer to the tooth. However, it’s important to remember that the procedure is irreversible, and once you have a veneer, you will require veneers for life.
When applying composite veneers, the procedure is a little different. While some tooth preparation is required, it tends to be far more minimal than the preparation needed for traditional veneers.
A key difference between these two types of veneers is the fact that usually traditional veneers require a local anesthetic, while composite veneers don’t tend to require an anesthetic.
Are veneers different from dental implants and crowns?
Veneers are not the same as dental implants or crowns. Despite serving a similar purpose, veneers are fitted in a different way and offer a different end result. Veneers cover the front of the tooth, while implants replace the entire tooth and crowns encase the whole tooth above the gum line. Veneers act as a cap on the tooth, whereas dental implants and crowns are more invasive.
When you contact us for an initial consultation about veneers, you will have an opportunity to ask questions so that you understand every aspect of the procedure. How long it will take, what the costs are for your chosen process, how to care for them, and how long you can expect them to last. We can even show you a digital representation of what your new teeth and smile will look like! This way, you know what to expect and where you are heading before we schedule the treatment. Please give us a call today to talk about how dental veneers can help you look and feel your best!