For a lot of individuals who have discolored teeth ,chipped teeth, or large gaps between their teeth, find that over time, they lose confidence or feel self-conscious every time they look in the mirror and see these blemishes. This is not a feeling that you have to continue living with, as there is a very simple solution that can get your teeth looking like new; veneers. These are an extremely versatile and durable solution for individuals who just want to touch-up their teeth and make them look whiter, straighter, and fuller. Read on to see what veneers are, how they can help you, and the approach that our practice takes with patient treatment.
What Are Veneers and How Can They Help You?
A dental veneer is a cosmetic procedure that is used to alter the appearance of your teeth. Also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, these wafer-thin, custom-made coverings are placed over the top of the front of your teeth. They can be made out of porcelain, which is a ceramic material made out of heating clay-like materials, or can be made out of resin which is a synthetic material or adhesive. Regardless of what type of material you choose for your veneer, these thin shells will be bonded to the front of your teeth and will be tooth-colored so that they are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. All veneers are custom molded from the shape of your teeth and are blended naturally to them by shaving away the top layer of enamel of the tooth. Porcelain veneers are natural-looking, stain resistant, and durable.
- Composite resin veneers are often used as a tooth extension as they can be used to fix specific areas of a tooth instead of completely altering the surface of the tooth. The only drawback with this type of veneer is that it can stain, and it is not as durable as a porcelain veneer.
Veneers are great for individuals who have tooth discoloration and stains, have worn down teeth that are broken or chipped, have larger gaps between their teeth, or have teeth that are crooked, misaligned, or shaped irregularly.
How Long Do Veneers Last For?
Regardless of what type of veneer you choose to get, you will need to use proper hygiene to ensure that they last. Porcelain veneers are very durable and can last anywhere between 10-20 years, while composite resin veneers, will have a shorter lifespan of 4-8 years. With proper hygiene, veneers will last even longer. Unfortunately, if an individual practices poor dental upkeep, the lifespan of the veneer will be drastically reduced. It is recommended that you are careful about biting into food and try to avoid exposure to acidic foods or at least do not let them eat away at the veneers for extended periods of time.
Are You a Good Candidate for Veneers?
You are a good candidate for veneers if you have oddly shaped teeth, stained teeth, or broken and chipped teeth but have no dental conditions that would impede the veneer procedure process. Permitting that you are in good overall health, have enough tooth enamel for the veneers to adhere to, and have moderately straight teeth, veneers will work for you. If you have severely crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, veneers may have to be used with conjugation with Invisalign.
What Our Practice Is All About and What Makes Us Different
Our dental practice takes on a different approach than traditional or corporate dental companies, in that we make sure that veneers we deliver has high esthetics. We communicate closely with our esthetic labs and patients using tools like clinical photos and diagnostic wax-ups.
What Else Do We Offer That Makes Us Unique?
- Low radiation digital x-rays that expose you to 70% less radiation than conventional x-rays.
- A wide variety of financing options
- Sedation options available for relaxed visit
- Variety of dental treatment in one place
- The ability to confidently choose the right path for you t
- Superior communication with our patients
If you have any questions regarding veneers or think you may be a good candidate for veneers, call us today at (813) 333-1922 to schedule an appointment.