Veneers - General Dentistry | Smile Dental Implant Center



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Learn more about our dental veneers services and how they can benefit you.

Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers which are placed over a patient’s natural teeth and mimic their natural look and shape. A dental veneer typically has three primary uses. The first is to protect a damaged or vulnerable tooth from further harm. The second is to cover a cracked or chipped tooth, improving its overall appearance. Finally, veneers can serve aesthetic purposes by covering a stained or discolored tooth.

Porcelain dental veneers are applied in a number of steps.

On your first visit, our team will examine the tooth or teeth in consideration for veneers. We will then prepare your tooth for the crown. This often calls for numbing the tooth and gums before removing a thin portion of the tooth to make way for the veneer. The surface of your tooth may also be roughened to achieve a stronger hold when the resin is added, a process known as “etching”.

Your dental impression will be sent for custom-made veneers with the ideal shape to fill the space created for restoring the tooth. You may receive a temporary veneer to wear while your permanent veneer is being made.

On the second visit, your temporary veneer will be removed and the permanent veneer will be secured using composite resin. A few final adjustments may be made. The veneer may be filed down to be a closer match to the surrounding teeth.

However, veneers may not be the right solution for you. They are generally not a good solution for people with tooth decay, gum disease, weakened teeth, low-enamel levels, or who grind their teeth.

Veneers are long lasting as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and keep up a regular schedule of professional cleanings. Our skilled dentists are attentive to your needs and concerns throughout your treatment. We take the time to get you the answers and information you need!

Should I get veneers?
Veneers are a great way to totally transform your smile. Many of our satisfied patients have had badly stained, chipped, cracked, or worn teeth, and they’re thrilled with the way veneers improve their smiles. If you have more minor teeth problems, like gaps between your teeth, you may prefer a more conservative treatment approach, like Invisalign. Come and talk with Smile Dental Implant Center about your concerns and we can discuss the treatment option that’s right for you.
How much do veneers cost?
The cost of veneers depends on the number of veneers you need and their placement. The type of veneers also plays a part in the price you’ll pay. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than no-preparation veneers; however, because they’re much more durable, many of our patients think they’re worth the extra expense.
How long do they last?
Dental veneers are some of the most durable restorations that can be used in the mouth. The expected lifespan for a porcelain veneer is around 10-15 year, however, with proper care and maintenance, they may last longer. Composite veneers usually last around 5-8 years before requiring a resurface or replacement treatment.
Will my teeth be shaved down to little pegs?
This is a very common concern among clients. A lot of people detract from having porcelain veneers due to concern of extensive reduction of the teeth. The truth is, most porcelain veneers are less than 0.5 mm thick yet still have strength and durability for a long lasting effect in the mouth. The treatment is “construction without destruction” and in some cases we can provide clients with “no prep” veneers, in which case there is no tooth reduction at all.
I have crowns, are veneers and crowns the same thing?
Crowns and Porcelain Veneers are very similar and made of the same porcelain material. The difference is that amount of porcelain that covers the tooth. Crowns cover the front, sides and back of a tooth. Porcelain Veneers cover the front and a small amount on the back of the tooth. Crowns are used when more functional support is needed. For example, if a patient has a broken tooth, a very large build up of old silver or white filling or if you are replacing an older existing crown. Crowns and Veneers provide all patients with an amazing smile, some patients even have a combination of the two.
Am I a good candidate for veneers?
Before you decide on veneers, you and your dentist will need to determine if you’re a good candidate. If you have significant tooth decay, veneers likely aren’t the solution for you. In these cases, it’s best to take care of the tooth decay itself rather than attempting to cover it up. Besides tooth decay, you may want to reconsider veneers if you tend to grind your teeth. Your dentist may approve of your veneers, but they may also prescribe a mouthguard to keep you from damaging the veneers during the night.
How do I care for my new porcelain veneers?
Brush and floss normally with any non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste.
Do porcelain veneers stain?
No, porcelain veneers are extremely stain-resistant.
Do veneers require extra maintenance?
Like with any dental procedure, there is some maintenance involved after the fact. Fortunately, this aftercare isn’t tedious or difficult. You’ll want to avoid potentially damaging hard, crunchy foods while eating with your new veneers. Your dentist may also recommend a mouthguard to protect the veneers from teeth grinding at night. Besides these two measures, regular brushing and flossing is the only other care you’ll need to complete for your veneers. On very rare occasions, veneers can detach from your natural tooth. Should this happen, be sure to contact Smile Dental Implant Center right away.
Are there different types of veneers?
The two most common types of veneers are porcelain and composite resin. Veneers made of composite resin are low-cost options for cosmetic dentistry. They work to cover discoloration but don’t last as long as other materials. On the other hand, porcelain veneers tend to have a longer lifespan and offer a top-quality natural appearance. Porcelain is resistant to staining as well, so you won’t need to worry about discoloration on your tooth’s new surface.

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