What is a dental veneer?
Veneers are thin coverings, either made of porcelain or composite resin, bonded to the front surface of a tooth using dental cement. They correct imperfections such as stained or chipped teeth, providing a permanent solution for a more confident smile.
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
- Easily Whiten Your Smile: Veneers offer a permanent solution to stained teeth, ensuring your smile stays white without recurrent treatments.
- Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems: Veneers camouflage minor orthodontic issues, giving the illusion of a perfect smile.
- Replace Damaged Enamel: Veneers are the ideal solution for teeth with enamel abrasion or erosion, ensuring both aesthetics and protection.
What are the cons of dental veneers?
- High Cost: Veneers can be expensive, and their cosmetic nature often means they aren’t covered by insurance.
- Increased Sensitivity: Some may experience increased sensitivity after the procedure.
- It’s Irreversible: Veneers require a structural change to your natural teeth, a permanent modification.
Dental veneers can transform your smile, but it’s crucial to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Consult us to determine if veneers are the right choice for you.
How is the dental veneer procedure performed?
The process of getting veneers typically requires two to three visits to the dentist. Here’s a brief overview:
- Consultation and Planning: Your first appointment will involve discussing your smile goals, evaluating your oral health, and determining if veneers suit you. During this visit, your dentist may take X-rays or impressions of your mouth and teeth.
- Tooth Preparation: On your next visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing about 0.5 millimetres of enamel from its surface, which is roughly the thickness of the veneer that will be added. An impression or model of your tooth will then be sent to a dental lab where the veneer is custom-made. This process usually takes a few weeks.
- Bonding: Before permanently cementing the veneer to your tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it to examine its fit and colour. They might trim it a few times to achieve the perfect fit. The tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to ensure a strong bonding process. A special cement is then applied to the veneer and positioned on your tooth. Once correctly placed, a special light beam activates the cement, causing it to harden quickly.
How do I care for my veneers post-procedure?
- Avoid chewing on hard objects or foods to prevent chipping.
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
- Schedule regular dental check-ups to ensure your veneers and overall oral health are in good condition.
How long is the veneer lifespan?
While veneers are long-lasting, they might need replacement after 10-15 years. Their durability largely depends on how you care for them and your oral habits.
What are the alternatives to veneers?
If veneers don’t seem right for you, other cosmetic dentistry options are available, like teeth whitening, bonding, or orthodontic treatments. Discuss these with us to determine the best choice for your specific needs.
With our comprehensive cosmetic dentistry services, we are committed to ensuring that every smile leaving our clinic is brighter, confident, and captivating. Book an appointment with us, and let us craft the perfect smile for you.