Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite that are fused to the teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. They’re a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can conceal structural defects and brighten your natural teeth. Since veneers can be placed on one or multiple teeth, they provide patients with a conservative and versatile method to make over their smile.
Did You Know?
Veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment, in part because they can be completed easily and can correct a range of cosmetic concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for veneers?
You may be a candidate for veneers if you are not happy with the look of your smile due to one or more of the following factors:
- Gaps between teeth
- Cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth
- Discolored teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments
- Teeth that are misaligned or unevenly spaced
- Overlapping teeth
Patients who want to improve the overall appearance of their smile, but do not want to consider dental crowns may also be ideal candidates for veneers. A cosmetic dentist can help you determine whether veneers are a good choice for you. If you have any questions about veneers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dickey of Dickey Dental today.
What can I expect when having veneers placed at Dickey Dental?
When having veneers placed at Dickey Dental, Dr. Dickey will administer an anesthetic so that you do not feel any pain throughout the procedure. He will then prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. This allows the veneers to fit better and maintain a natural appearance. Then you will have a dental impression or oral scan taken of your mouth.
Once your impressions are taken and sent to a lab, you can expect to receive your veneers in two to three weeks and return to Dickey Dental for placement. In the meantime, you will be fitted with temporary veneers to protect your teeth and maintain the necessary amount of space for your permanent veneers.
How long do veneers last?
Depending on how well you take care of them, veneers can last between 10 and 15 years. Because the porcelain is bonded directly to your natural teeth, it is not as durable as other dental materials, such as crowns or caps. However, regular cleanings with a dental hygienist will help prolong the life of your veneers. You will also need to practice good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. Finally, you should avoid detrimental habits, like nail biting, teeth grinding, or opening packages with your teeth, to prevent your veneers from becoming damaged.