What Are Veneers?
Few things leave a lasting first impression like a bright, friendly smile. While regular dental cleanings and care play a big role in keeping your smile nice and white, time often takes its toll. Fortunately, whether your teeth are discolored, chipped, or cracked, veneers offer an easy way to protect your teeth while also improving their appearance.
Veneers are simply a covering that’s made of thin porcelain and bonded directly to the teeth. They're ideal for cosmetic solutions, like fixing teeth that have yellowed or browned with time and have not responded to professional teeth whitening. Veneers are also a good choice for solving some dental issues, like fractured teeth, poor tooth position, and bite problems. Additionally, veneers can also be used to make worn down teeth appear longer or to extend naturally short teeth.
Because they are very thin and tinted to a shade of white that best matches your skin tone, veneers look very much like real teeth. They’re so convincing that people may just think you had your own teeth whitened instead of thinking you got veneers!
Benefits of Veneers
Aside from their potential to fix a lot of cosmetic and dental problems, there are plenty of other reasons why you should consider getting veneers.
- They don’t affect your ability to eat or drink
- They’re almost totally stain resistant
- They’re semi-permanent
- They don’t move around
- They don’t need to be removed and cleaned like dentures
- They look natural
Additionally, the porcelain that veneers are made of is extremely durable. In fact, it’s almost as durable as natural tooth enamel and, with proper care, can protect your teeth for several decades.
The Process of Getting Veneers
The first step toward getting veneers is scheduling an appointment at Salling & Tate. During this initial consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and answer any questions you may have before deciding whether you are a good candidate for veneers. They’ll also make sure that nothing else needs to be done before placing the veneers (fillings, root canal, etc.).
Once you’re ready to start the process, your dentists will remove a very thin layer of enamel from your teeth in order to create a rough, grippy surface for the veneers to be bonded to. Next, they’ll make a mold of your teeth to use during the production process to ensure that your new veneers fit perfectly. After this, they’ll place a set of temporary veneers and send you home until it’s time to come back for your final visit.
Once your veneers have been made, your dentist will use a special dental cement that permanently adheres your veneers to your teeth.
Taking Care of Veneers
You may experience some sensitivity in the first couple of weeks after your veneers are placed, which can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. After that, you should be able to live your life just as you did before you had veneers. However, you should remember that veneers aren’t indestructible. They can crack just as teeth can, so you’ll want to treat them gently and avoid eating excessively hard foods, like ice.
Learning how to clean veneers is easy since it’s exactly like caring for teeth. Just make sure to brush after meals or at least twice daily, and continue to floss just as you normally would. Remember, if you care for your veneers well, they can last for many years to come. And of course, visiting the dentists at Salling & Tate twice a year for checkups will also help keep your veneers in excellent shape! Whether you’re ready to get veneers or just need to schedule a cleaning, you can get in touch with us at 910-256-9040.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: If my teeth are reshaped for veneers or crowns, what will they look like? Will they be sensitive?
A: Generally, cemented restorations, such as crowns or veneers, will require two visits: one to shape the teeth and one to cement the restorations to the teeth. Between visits, your dentist can place attractive temporary veneers to help prevent sensitivity, allow limited function, and provide a nice smile. These temporaries are designed to be in your mouth for a limited time but should be comfortable and natural-looking until your new smile is completed.
Q: Can I still get cavities with veneers?
A: There is no higher or lower incidence of tooth decay with veneers, as long as they receive proper care.
Q: How long do porcelain veneers last?
A: The expected lifetime of a porcelain veneer is somewhere between seven and 20 years. Veneers sometimes come off or chip. If this happens, they can be repaired or replaced. Also, over time, the living tooth and gum tissue around the veneers will undergo changes that may require alterations to your veneers.
Q: How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?
A: This concern will be addressed by your dental professional. Most people get their veneers in a whiter shade than their natural teeth and then undergo tooth whitening to make sure everything matches.
Q: Do porcelain veneers stain?
A: No, porcelain veneers almost never stain.