A dental veneer is a thin, custom-made cover that’s bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are used to improve your appearance by closing large gaps between teeth, hiding chipped teeth, and covering discolored enamel. Veneers can also make crooked or uneven teeth appear straight.
If your natural tooth enamel has eroded, veneers can replace the lost enamel. They’re a good way to improve the appearance of your smile while protecting the roots of teeth and making teeth stronger.
Dental veneers may be made from composite resin or porcelain. Composite resin veneers are made in the dental office, so they’re prepared and applied in one visit. They’re less expensive than porcelain veneers and can be repaired if they’re damaged.
Porcelain veneers are produced in a dental laboratory, so it takes two visits to the dentist, but they have other advantages over composite resin. While porcelain veneers are very thin, once they’re bonded to teeth, they’re extremely strong and durable. Porcelain also looks more like natural teeth and resists staining.
If you’re getting porcelain veneers, your teeth will be prepared by removing just enough of the enamel to make way for the veneer. An impression is made and sent to the lab, and a temporary cover is put over your teeth until the veneer is ready. When the veneer is done, it’s cemented to the front of the teeth.
For composite resins, a little more enamel is removed to create space for the resin. Your dentist at About Smiles mixes the resin, then applies a bonding agent along with the resin. The resin is light cured, then polished, and your “new” teeth are done.
Both types of veneers last longer when you practice good dental hygiene and avoid chewing hard objects, like ice, that may damage the veneer. Veneers generally last 7-15 years, but porcelain usually outlasts resin.
If you notice any cracks or chips in your veneers, schedule an appointment to have them repaired or replaced. Damage to the veneer allows food to get into the tooth and cause decay.
At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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