Dental Veneers FAQs
Do you have minor dental imperfections such as chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth? Then you need a dental solution that can not only fix these problems but also enhance your dental appearance, and veneers are ideal.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the surface of the teeth to improve their size, shape, length, and appearance. These shells are available in two options; porcelain or composite. Porcelain veneers are mostly used because they are stain-resistant and mimic your teeth in appearance and function.
When Do I Need to Use Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are routinely used to fix a variety of dental problems such as:
- Teeth discoloration. Teeth can get discolored due to root canal treatment, fluorosis, and diet. Although professional teeth whitening is the primary procedure, it doesn’t work for severe discoloration. Furthermore, the procedure is not ideal for everyone, so we will recommend veneer treatment instead.
- Worn down, chipped, broken and cracked teeth can also benefit from veneers
- Misaligned teeth that can’t be corrected with braces.
- Veneers can also close dental gaps.
Which is Better? Veneers, Bridges or Crowns
Veneers and bridges are the same as they both require preparation. However, veneers only cover the top part of the teeth and require trimming off a small amount of your enamel. Bridges, on the other hand, are made of two crowns fixed on adjacent teeth to close the gap.
Crowns are caps that cover the entire part of the teeth that lies above the gum. The crowns improve the appearance of the teeth without removing or trimming your teeth. Unlike bridges and veneers, children can also use dental crowns to prevent dental cavities.
Why Choose Veneers?
Porcelain veneers offer great benefits compared to other smile makeover procedures.
- They have a natural-looking appearance
- The veneers are biocompatible meaning they are well tolerated and cause less gum irritation
- You can choose the color of veneers you want
- Veneers require less preparation and don’t require extensive shaping of the teeth
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Veneer treatment requires at least three dental visits.
- First dental visit
This step involves planning, assessment, and discussing the dental procedure. Our dentist will evaluate your dental condition using modern technology. Next, they will prepare your teeth by trimming your enamel and make an impression of your teeth. The impression will be taken to the lab for modeling (takes two to four weeks). The dentist will give you temporary veneers to protect the teeth.
- Second appointment
Before the veneers are bonded, the dentist will examine your color to see if it fits properly. The color of the veneers can be changed using the bonding cement. The dentist will clean and polish the teeth to roughen them to allow for a strong bonding process. Using special cement and a light beam, the dentist will bond the veneers to the teeth. The excess cement is removed, and your bite examined for a correct fit.
- Follow up
The follow-up appointment will be set a couple of weeks after to check how your gums are responding to the gums. The dentist may make a few adjustments if needed.
What Are the Disadvantages of Veneers?
Although veneers are conservative, they do have a few pitfalls such as:
- Veneer treatment is irreversible. Once the enamel is trimmed off, it doesn’t grow back.
- You can’t repair the veneers once they are cracked, and you will need a new set.
- The veneers can discolor, but you can’t whiten them as you would your natural teeth.
- Your teeth will become sensitive to hot and cold beverages after the enamel is trimmed
- The teeth can still experience decay
- Though rare, the veneers can break so avoid biting hard objects
- If you have bruxism, veneers may not be a suitable option
How Long Can I Use the Veneers?
Veneers can last between seven and 15 years with proper care, after which you will need to replace them.
Teeth veneers don’t require any special care, but you still need to take care of them as you would natural teeth. Additionally, avoid foods that might discolor the teeth.