Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
A dental veneer is a wafer-thin material – normally made from porcelain – that is attached permanently to a tooth to conceal its original shape, color or position within the mouth. You may receive a veneer for only one tooth, or for multiple teeth. You even have the ability to receive a partial veneer, or a complete one to completely cover the front of a tooth. Your choice comes down to your individual needs and budget.
We may recommend dental veneers for patients with:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Broken teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Best Candidates for Dental Veneers
As long as you maintain proper oral hygiene and have healthy gums, you should be a good candidate to receive dental veneers if you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth or smile. Most of our patients receiving dental veneers have a specific issue in mind that they would like to correct. For example, a patient may have stained teeth and want to use veneers for a permanent whitening effect.
Dental Veneers Consultation
Taking part in a consultation with your dentist is the first step in receiving dental veneers. You will be encouraged to discuss your personal aesthetic goals so that we can develop an individual treatment plan just for you.
Once we begin moving forward with your treatment plan, we will create some molds and take some x-rays and photographs. You would typically return the next day for preparations and receive temporary veneers until your permanent ones are ready.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are two basic types of dental veneers: composite and porcelain.
Composite dental veneers are a great way to enhance your smile inexpensively. They can be applied in only one visit and typically last about 10 years. We polish and smooth them after applying the composite directly onto your teeth.
Although composite veneers are less expensive, they also are more susceptible to developing chips and stains.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells attached to the front part of the teeth. They can be expected to last for at least one decade, and often for over 20 years.
The process of receiving your porcelain veneers should involve two appointments. We begin by forming impressions of your teeth that will be used to actually create your porcelain veneers. Prior to receiving your porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth structure must be removed. So this is a permanent process, and there is no going back at this point.
How long do dental veneers last?
Most veneers are long-lasting, but there are a number of factors that will determine how long your veneers last. Bonding cement is used to attach your veneers to your teeth. After the process of veneer placement is complete, you can expect them to last for up to 20 years before requiring a replacement.
The replacement process is fairly simple. We would remove the old veneer and begin the process over again. Additional tooth material would not need to be removed for the replacement of an old veneer.