Veneers can give you a new smile. If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth when you smile in the mirror or look at pictures of yourself, there are ways to make improvements. Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure, meaning that they focus primarily on improving the appearance of your teeth over the health of your teeth.
What are veneers and how do they work? Here’s an overview of the concept and procedure of dental veneers.
Veneers Conceal Imperfections
What do you dislike about your smile? Are your teeth crooked, stained, or chipped? Are there gaps between your teeth? Whatever imperfections you have, veneers can cover them up. Veneers are thin, shell-like covers that attach to the front side of your teeth. They give your teeth a new facade so that they look whiter, straighter, and more uniform in size and shape.
What Are Veneers Made of?
Veneers are made of a few different types of materials. The most common are:
- Porcelain. Porcelain is the highest quality material for veneers. It most closely resembles natural tooth enamel for a realistic appearance. Porcelain is also very strong, providing bite strength that rivals natural teeth. The porcelain used to make veneers is the same porcelain used to make dental crowns. It is stain resistant and durable.
- Composite resin. Another material used to make veneers is composite resin. This is the same material that is used to fill cavities. It can be custom made to match the natural color of your teeth. Composite resin veneers are less expensive than porcelain, but they are more susceptible to staining and chipping.
- Prefabricated resin. Prefabricated veneers are also made with composite resin but the main difference is that they are not customized to fit your teeth and mouth. These are the least expensive type of veneers, but are not often recommended because they don’t look as natural as custom veneers. If your goal is to improve your smile, you will most likely be more satisfied with custom composite resin or porcelain.
What is the Process for Getting Veneers?
The process for getting veneers is relatively simple and non-invasive. Here’s a step by step overview:
- A very thin layer of enamel is removed from the front of each tooth that will receive a veneer. Usually only your front row of teeth that are highly visible will be fitted with veneers.
- The shade of your natural teeth will be used as a shade guide to make your veneers. If you’re hoping to whiten your teeth, can you choose veneers that are a few shades lighter than your natural teeth.
- Your veneers will be made in a lab. They will most likely be available in 1-2 weeks. During this time you may be fitted with a temporary veneer if needed.
- When your custom veneers come to your dentist’s office, you will return to have them fitted. As long as they fit properly and look natural, they can be permanently attached.
- Your veneers will be bonded to your teeth using a thin layer of bonding material. A specialized light is used to solidify the bond.
When the process is complete you will be given instructions on how to care for your veneers in the first hours, days, and weeks to ensure success. Then you simply enjoy your new smile.
Laurie Rosato, DMD Provides Dental Veneers
Are you looking for a way to improve your smile? Veneers can cover gaps, discoloration, chips, crooked teeth, and more. Dr. Laurie Rosato, DMD can fit you with veneers to transform your smile and improve your confidence. The self confidence that comes from a new smile can change your life in ways you never thought possible.