What Are Veneers?
Veneers offer a swift and effective way to rejuvenate your smile. If you are dealing with stained, chipped, broken, or cracked teeth or unusual gaps, our dentist might suggest veneers as a key solution. Remember, while veneers are one of several options for these dental concerns, they are a more permanent choice. To explore veneers and other dental solutions, consider booking a consultation with our experts at Dental Care of Burlington. Our dentist is dedicated to helping you make an informed decision about restoring your beautiful smile.
Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure, with several benefits you will enjoy from choosing this dental option. Veneers provide you with a more beautiful smile. They also strengthen and reinforce existing teeth. Veneers are especially beneficial when your teeth are broken or chipped, as they will support such dental issues.
Further, veneers are also cosmetically designed to provide a natural-looking finish, which explains why they come in different colors. Our dentists will match the veneers with the natural color of your teeth. Having veneers fixed will also help cover up all dental imperfections, especially tooth discoloration that does not respond to whitening efforts. Finally, veneers are durable and long-lasting, and you do not have to make repeated visits to our practice for follow-up checkups.
Types of Veneers
There are different types of veneers, from composite to porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are preferred when our dentist wants to cover small dental issues. This type of veneer is also different from the rest because they are made using tooth-colored composite resin for the best results.
On the other hand, porcelain veneers are preferred when our dentist wants to solve several dental imperfections. Our dentists will also remove some enamel from your natural teeth to create a roughened surface that can keep your new veneers in place.
Another type of veneer is the no-prep veneer, which some patients prefer due to their less invasive nature. While they are custom-made like traditional veneers, they do not require creating an extensively rough surface for application. However, they may not be suitable for everyone.
Furthermore, we offer removable veneers, commonly known as snap-on or pop-on veneers. These veneers serve as a temporary solution for concealing dental flaws. While they effectively enhance your smile, their removable nature can sometimes complicate eating. Being a relatively recent innovation, this type of veneer has yet to achieve broad popularity.
When Are Veneers Needed?
Our dentist will recommend veneers when you want to eliminate or cover up dental imperfections that can affect your self-esteem. Our dentist will recommend veneers to cover cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, fill in irregular gaps between teeth, and enlarge a tooth that is too small, deformed, or shaped oddly. After a root canal or after the treatment of tooth decay, our dentist will recommend veneers to support and protect the remaining tooth from further damage.
The Veneer Procedure
The first step in getting veneers is to schedule an appointment with our practice. During your initial consultation, our dentist will assess your eligibility for veneers. This includes taking an X-ray of your teeth to evaluate your dental health and suitability for veneer placement. Based on the findings from this first visit, a second appointment will be scheduled. In this session, our dentist will shape your teeth to prepare them for veneer placement.
A mold of your teeth will be taken and sent to our lab. There, your veneers will be custom-made to precisely fit your teeth, matching the exact color for a natural look. You may need to wait a week or two before your third and final appointment.
During the final appointment, our dentist will place the veneers. This process typically takes about two hours and often involves local anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience.
Caring for Veneers
Maintaining veneers is quite straightforward. You might not experience any noticeable changes in the first few days after they are placed. It is important to ensure that the anesthesia has fully dissipated before you start eating or chewing again. This precaution helps prevent accidentally biting your tongue or cheek. Additionally, delaying eating for a few hours post-procedure can help ensure your veneers last long.
Your usual brushing and flossing routines can continue, though we recommend using a softer toothbrush. Our dentist will also advise you to avoid certain behaviors, like chewing on hard objects such as jawbreakers or pens and using your teeth to open soda bottles or packaged items.
Moreover, we recommend that you avoid stressing your veneers by chewing on hard food. You can cut your food into small pieces and use your back teeth to chew on hard foods like beef. If you play sports, always wear a mouthguard. With good care, your veneers will last between 10 to 15 years.
Veneers vs. Dental Crowns
Veneers and dental crowns are cosmetic dentistry options. They both improve the appearance of your teeth. Our dentists will recommend either veneer placement or dental crowns when you want to solve dental imperfections, such as cracked, broken, or chipped teeth. The process of making veneers and dental crowns is also the same, and they will both have the same results in enhancing your smile.
Veneers and dental crowns are only differentiated by how they fit your teeth and the reason for choosing one cosmetic dentistry method over another. A porcelain veneer covers the front surface of the tooth, while a dental crown covers the entire tooth. Veneers are also paper-thin, but crowns are thicker by a difference of two millimeters. That makes dental crowns more permanent than veneers.
Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
Veneers and dental bonding are differentiated by the results of choosing either procedure. Our dentists will use composite resin material to reshape your teeth or cover imperfections in dental bonding. On the other hand, dental veneers are designed in a lab and placed on the front surface of the tooth.
To discover how veneers can transform your smile, visit Dental Care of Burlington. Our dentist will discuss your specific needs and how veneers can play a role in your dental restoration journey. Get in touch with us at 781-362-2260 to arrange your consultation today.