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If you have ever wished that you could simply cover up the imperfections in your smile, dental veneers might be the solution for you. These thin, porcelain shells cover the entire tooth or several teeth to give you a beautiful, white and complete smile that will last for years to come.

Dental veneers (also known as dental porcelain laminates) are thin coverings that are permanently bonded to the front part of a tooth. These custom-created shells both look and feel like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting, and they instantly improve the appearance of your smile. Additionally, they give some structural support to weak or damaged teeth.

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Who can get dental veneers?

If you have good overall oral hygiene, you are most likely a good candidate for dental veneers. Veneers can help with an array of teeth issues, such as:

  • chipped teeth
  • broken teeth
  • teeth with worn enamel
  • cracked teeth
  • gapped teeth
  • misshapen teeth
  • crooked teeth
  • deeply stained teeth that do not respond to bleaching
  • teeth that are discolored or gray

  • Gray teeth are usually due to repeated dental procedures or a tooth nerve that is dying. Failed root canals (when a crown was not used) can also result in gray teeth. Although veneers are commonly used to cover chipped or misshapen teeth, discolored teeth can also benefit from veneers. Discolored teeth that do not respond to whitening procedures can usually benefit from the fitting of veneers. Those who smoke tend to have deeply stained teeth that are not able to be whitened, for example.

    With gapped teeth, two veneers can be used on either side of the gap to bring the two teeth together. Broken or cracked teeth can be covered by veneers as long as there is enough tooth structure left to hold the veneer.

    Veneers are generally not a good choice for patients who grind or clench their teeth. Thin veneers are prone to breaking when under immense pressure. It is also important to note that, although very little of the tooth is removed, this process of preparing the teeth is irreversible.

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    What are the benefits of dental veneers?

    Veneers are strong, long-lasting and have a natural shine that does not disrupt from the rest of the teeth, but instead enhances the appearance of the smile. Much less enamel needs to be removed to make space for a veneer than with a crown or cap. Only a small amount of enamel needs to be taken from the front of the tooth to make room for the veneer. The amount of enamel removed is not enough to damage the tooth.

    Another benefit of dental veneers is their resistance to decay and staining. Dental veneers stay white and bright for as long as you wear them. However, keep in mind that since they will stay the same color throughout the years, other teeth might begin to stand out if they become stained. Make sure to brush and floss daily, keeping your oral health as your top priority.

    What are veneers made of?

    Most veneers are made of either porcelain or a composite resin (a malleable plastic) material.

    Porcelain

    Porcelain closely mimics both the hardness and shine of natural teeth. This aesthetic material is both biocompatible (able to interact naturally with the human body without rejection) and durable. Porcelain veneers are strong and long-lasting, with a natural-looking surface. Veneers do not stain easily and will largely remain stain-free throughout their lifetime.

    Composite resin

    Composite resin veneers are made from tooth-colored filling material that is bonded directly to the teeth. Resin veneers typically require less enamel to be removed from the tooth. Benefits of composite resin veneers include fewer visits to the dentist and the fact that they are easy to fix if they get damaged. Resin veneers also cost less than porcelain veneers.

    However, composite resin veneers are not as durable or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers. These veneers often only take one visit to complete, while other veneers take multiple appointments to achieve the final look.

    The procedure

    First, the dentist will perform a full oral examination to determine if the patient is a good candidate. Those who have good oral health overall will generally be a good candidate for dental veneers. Conditions like gum disease and tooth decay will need to be dealt with before veneers can be placed.

    Then, the teeth will be prepared. The cosmetic dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth or teeth to make room for the new coverings. Next, the dentist makes an impression of the mouth with the prepared teeth and chooses the right shade of veneer that best matches with the smile.

    The custom veneers are then made in the dental laboratory. After a few days, they are ready to be placed. The dentist will first check the fit of the new veneers. The teeth are then cleaned and the veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth. Just like that, you have a new beautiful smile that will last for years to come.

    Composite resin veneers are a different story: after the teeth are prepared and reshaped, the dentist will bond the material directly to the tooth. A blue light is then used to harden the material. The new veneers are then smoothed and polished to look like natural teeth.

    Care for your veneers

    With proper care, dental veneers can last a decade or longer. To get the most out of your veneers, avoid bad habits like biting your nails and chewing on hard objects. Chewing on ice or toothpicks is not a good idea when you have veneers. Limit chewy and sticky foods, as well as overly crunchy foods.

    Brush and floss your teeth. Care for your veneers as if they were your natural teeth. The gums will still need the same level of care as those surrounding natural teeth. Tooth decay can still occur underneath the veneer and around it. Know that it usually takes a few days to get used to the way veneers feel. If the bite does not feel right, make sure to make a follow-up appointment with your cosmetic dentist to make any adjustments to the veneers.