If you’ve ever heard the term dental veneers, you may be wondering just what is this interesting sounding dental procedure and is it an option for me? Properly made veneers that are well cared for can last twenty years or longer.
Dental veneers can transform your smile from dull and grey to white and bright. But they are not for everyone. Here we will look at just what dental veneers are, who is a good candidate for dental veneers and just how to take care of your veneers.
Porcelain dental veneers: what they are
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.
- A porcelain veneer is custom made by a master technician in the dental laboratory with enamel-like qualities that are undetectable.
- Porcelain veneers can provide a dramatic smile improvement for your teeth gaps, mildly crooked, chipped or discolored teeth.
- The advantage of porcelain is that the veneer is translucent, stain resistant, and mimics the light handling characteristics of your own dental enamel.
Who is a good candidate for dental veneers?
The majority of dental veneer patients have experienced some sort of trauma to their teeth. Whether it is cracking or chipping or old dental work coming apart, veneers can be the solution for repairing teeth.
The vast majority of dentists do not suggest extraction of a tooth that is crooked or misaligned, but otherwise healthy. There are dental braces to correct a misalignment problem. However, dental veneers can be the solution in many cases. Through the use of dental veneers the healthy tooth root is left in place and the smile is fixed through cosmetic dentistry methods.
Dental procedures like veneers are dependent on good dental care to ensure they last for a long time.
Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials.
With veneers—as opposed to crowns—your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer.
For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.
Dentists may also recommend veneers to quickly fix minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps.
How to take care of your veneers
Maintaining porcelain veneers is actually quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dentist.
About a week after your veneers are placed, you will be need to return to the office for a follow–up visit and evaluation so the dentist can see how your mouth is responding to the veneers. Even if you feel the veneers are a success, this appointment is vital to your future oral health.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, your dentist may fit you with a nighttime mouth guard so you do not damage your veneers.
You should also return to your dentist for regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and because your dentist needs to inspect your dentistry for any sign of potential failure.