If you are unhappy with your smile, or if you have worn enamel that would benefit from a replacement, then dental veneers might be for you. In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about what veneers are, what they can do for you, and what to expect if you get them.
What Are Veneers?
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are permanently attached to your teeth. Cosmetic use of veneers allows you to cover up small gaps, hide crooked teeth, or to restore whiteness to severely yellowed or stained teeth. Veneers are permanent and look identical to your regular teeth, so they may be an excellent alternative to braces, regular bleaching or other cosmetic procedures. They can also be used to restore structural integrity to teeth that have suffered from severe enamel loss.
After you and the dentist have agreed upon a treatment plan, you’ll be scheduled for two appointments. During the first appointment, a small amount of enamel will be removed to make room for the veneers. Your mouth will be numbed with local anesthetic for this procedure, which is done with a device known as a burr. Then the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to send to the laboratory. Temporary veneers may also be placed at this stage.
After the laboratory has fabricated your veneers from the mold that your dentist sent, you’ll have your second appointment. During this appointment, the dentist will ensure the proper fit of the veneers and permanently attach them to your tooth using cement.
What is Tooth Enamel?
Tooth enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth. Although it is the hardest substance in the human body, it can still wear down over time. Acidic foods or a lifetime of over-aggressive brushing can damage your enamel.
Longevity & Care
We’ve used the term permanent to mean that they are not removable, but the truth is that veneers do not last forever. You can expect your veneers to last about 7-15 years before you need to replace them. Regular visits to your dentist will ensure that you know when that time is approaching.
Unlike many other dental procedures, veneers require very little in the way of special care. They are cared for in the exact same way as your natural teeth, so as long as you keep up good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly, your veneers will be taken care of.
At Riviera Smiles, we are committed to providing you with the smile of your dreams. To learn more about our porcelain veneer options, check out our website. If you are ready for an appointment, feel free to contact us today!