Veneers and Bonding
Improve Your Smile with Dental Veneers
If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
- teeth that are permanently stained and can't be whitened
- chipped or worn teeth
- crooked or misshapen teeth
- uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin. Your dentist will help you choose the material that is best for you. Each type of veneer has its own benefits.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the front surface of your tooth.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers:
- they are strong and long-lasting
- they have a natural-looking surface
- less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
- they don't stain easily
Composite Resin Veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material that is bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of Composite Resin Veneers:
- usually less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for a crown or a porcelain veneer
- may mean fewer visits to the dentist – sometimes a composite resin veneer can take just one visit
- cost less than porcelain veneers
- are easy to fix if they get damaged; although composite veneers are generally not as stain-resistant or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, but they can be repaired easily and quickly
What You Should Know Before You Get a Veneer
- Your teeth and gums must be healthy.Your dentist can treat any disease or decay before your veneer is placed.
- Veneers are not always a good choice if you clench or grind your teeth,because the thin veneers may chip or break.
- The process cannot be undonebecause your dentist removes tooth enamel in order to place the veneer. They will work to remove as little enamel as possible.
- A veneer may chip, crack, wear down, or come loose over time.It may need to be re-bonded, repaired or replaced.
- As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist.Regular dental visits are important for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
After You Get Veneers
- Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
- It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your veneer. Tell your dentist if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. They will correct it before you leave the office.
- Keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day. You can still get decay and cavities under or around a veneer.
- Use oral health care products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance so that you can be sure they are both safe and effective in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy.