Many people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth. Some procedures aim to correct flaws such as tooth discoloration, chips, and cracks. Others may address misalignment issues or gaps between teeth.
One popular option is tooth veneers, which are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin. To help inform your decision, here is a quick overview of tooth veneers and answers to a few questions about them.
What Is a Veneer?
A dental veneer is a thin porcelain or composite shell that covers the front surface of a tooth. It's used to enhance the shape and color of teeth. The procedure can make teeth look straighter, whiter, and more even.
The veneer is custom-made to match the size and shape of your natural teeth. Your dentist can use one or several veneers to create a more uniform look in your smile. The entire process typically takes a few visits over the course of several weeks, depending on the type of material used and how many veneers you need.
Who Should Get Veneers?
Veneers are most often used for aesthetic purposes, but they can also be used as an alternative to braces or other orthodontic treatments for mild misalignment issues. So if you have discoloration or chips in your front teeth, or if your teeth are slightly crooked, then veneers may be an option for you.
However, veneers are not a good choice if you have extensive decay or gum disease since these conditions require more extensive treatment than just putting on a porcelain shell over the top of your existing teeth structure.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Once applied, dental veneers last for 10-15 years before needing replacement due to wear and tear from everyday activities such as eating and talking. While they're not permanent solutions like implants or bridges would be, they offer patients a great way to improve their smiles without having to commit long-term financially or physically by undergoing more invasive procedures such as crowns and root canals.
With proper care (brushing daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing), patients can expect their veneers to last even longer before needing replacement.
Tooth veneers are an effective solution for improving the aesthetics of their smile quickly and easily without requiring major restorative treatments. Understanding what they are and how they work can help you determine if veneers are the right option for your dental needs.
If you have any questions, contact your dentist for further information. They can help you decide if veneers are the right choice for you and guide you on how to keep your veneers looking their best.