Veneers: Everything You Need To Know

If you need dental veneers, it is important to know what they are, how they work, and why you might need them. In general, veneers are thin layers of porcelain or composite material that are placed on your teeth. Veneers help protect the surface of your tooth and enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile. But, why would anyone need veneers?

Tooth-like covers

First of all, if you are missing some teeth, you may be concerned about the appearance of your teeth. Veneers solve that problem because they are tooth-like covers that fit over each tooth in turn. That way, you get rid of all traces of the natural teeth that are missing and give you something that will more closely resemble your natural teeth. Veneers provide more natural-looking smiles than dentures, implants, or other similar types of cosmetic procedures.

Very durable

The reason why veneers are so popular for cosmetic procedures is their lasting effect. Veneers are made to cover up damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth. While these conditions are not life-threatening, many people notice a dramatic improvement in their appearance after getting a veneer. You’ll notice immediately that the broken teeth appear less crooked, and that the tooth is more symmetrical. If you like to play sports or enjoy performing your favorite hobbies, you’ll notice an improvement in your performance and self-confidence.

Another benefit of veneering is that they are very durable, and will last for years. With bonding, you might have to replace the material more often, but your smile will last much longer with the ceramic bond. The durability of the porcelain allows it to be used over, and you never have to worry about wearing false teeth to hide unsightly flaws.

woman with veneers putting on lipstick

Things to consider before choosing a veneer

There are a few things to consider before choosing a veneer, though. First, you need to ensure that the tooth is smooth and unpolished. An imperfect tooth surface will make the veneer look strange, and may cause the veneer to slip. If there is any trouble during placement or at the end of the process, your dentist will be able to assess the condition of the tooth surface and correct any problems before finishing the job. Remember that the veneer will be bonded to your tooth, not your enamel, so it must be perfectly smooth and flawless.

Next, you should also consider the color of your natural teeth. If they are yellow, white, or darker in color, you may want to consider a different procedure to hide the appearance of discoloration. If you choose stacked ceramic veneers, however, they will blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.

Finally, you should think about the amount of time you expect to wear the veneers. Some types of veneers are more durable than others, and some are more suitable for long-term wear. For example, pressed ceramic veneers are strong and long-lasting, but they can be worn for years if care is taken. Your dentist will be able to advise you more fully about this.

Once the veneers are applied, they should stay in place with only minimal, if any, the support provided by the dentist. The veneers are bonded to the tooth with a thin resin-based composite called porcelain and will be extremely durable. Porcelain does not chip or break, so there is no worry about the veneers becoming loose or chipping. If you take good care of your teeth and the teeth in which they are used, they will last you for a very long time.

Run a dental check

Before making your appointment, the dentist will want to run a dental check to make sure that you have no existing conditions that could interfere with the veneer placement. Some conditions like gingivitis, gum disease, or an overbite may cause your dentist to recommend an alternative tooth arrangement. You will also have your dental history assessed, to ensure that you do not have any pre-existing conditions that could lead to adverse reactions to the resin-based composite. Once your appointment is made, you will be asked to come in for an initial exam. During this exam, your dentist will take measurements of your teeth and gums, as well as of the bone surrounding the tooth structure, to accurately determine the best tooth veneer structure for your teeth.

A kit to help you prepare

After your appointment is made, you will be sent home with a kit to help you prepare for the chipped veneers. This kit will include a special whitening agent, a special bonding agent, a primer for the new veneers, a bonding brush, and a hygienic wipe. You should return to your cosmetic dentistry office a few days before your appointment. During this time, you will receive instructions on how to properly prepare your smile, including how to use the whitening and bonding agents, and what to do if there are any allergic reactions to these substances.

After preparing your smile for the resin composite, your dentist will ask you to wait a few more days before seeing him or her. This time is used for the specialized filling procedure. Once the filling procedure is complete, your dentist will take photographs of your new smile. You will be given a copy of these photographs to keep forever so that you can have a look at them every time you visit your dentist. Having a beautiful, chipped tooth structure like natural teeth gives you the confidence and self-esteem you need to enjoy a fulfilling and successful life.