Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cemented on the front of the tooth. They are often used to make mild changes in the position, shape, and color. There are many ways to achieve that desired smile. Veneers are just one option, so it is always best to start a consultation with a dentist to see if veneers are the right option.
Dental Veneers…..What is the process?
First, you must understand once you start a veneer on a tooth, there is no going back. This is because a small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed to make room for the porcelain covering. Impressions are taken and the veneers are made by a lab technician. During this time, temporary veneers are worn until the lab work is completed. Once the veneers are tried in and verified for the desired look and fit, they are cemented in place. A veneer is stronger and more resistant to staining than a composite filling, but still it will eventually wear out and need to be replaced.
The average veneer lasts 10-15 years. Some longer, some shorter, but the better you care for them, the longer they last.
Dental Veneers……How to care for them?
I recommend giving up biting into apples. Of course, you can still eat these delicious apples, but just slice them up first. This keeps from applying unwanted force that can lead to chipping. You still want to brush and floss normally. Your dental hygienist will also still clean around veneers as would be done around natural tooth. Cavities can form on the tooth under the veneer, so excellent hygiene is a necessity for long lasting veneers. Artificial material like veneers will not whiten so any whitening of the teeth should be done prior to prepping for the veneers because the veneer shade will be made to match that of the natural dentition at the time of impressions.
Until next time……Keep on smiling!