You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With dental veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance and are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth to improve the color, length, shape or overall appearance of a tooth.
There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite resin veneer can be applied in one day. Each veneer is made by the dentist using tooth colored composite directly onto the teeth. A porcelain veneer consists of several thin porcelain layers which replace original tooth enamel. This is a two visit appointment that requires the assistance of a lab technician.
Benefits of Veneers
Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials. Unlike crowns, veneers enable your natural teeth to remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer. For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.
Maintenance for Porcelain/Composite Resin Veneers
Maintaining porcelain or composite veneers is quite simple: Treat them as you would your original teeth, with routine brushing and flossing. Using non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste will typically be suggested by your dental professional for the porcelain veneers.
One week after your veneers are placed, you will be required to return to the office for a follow-up visit and evaluation so the dentist can see how your mouth is reacting to the veneers. Even if you feel the veneers are a success, this appointment is vital to your future oral health. If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, your dentist may fit you with a nighttime bite guard so you do not damage your veneers.
You should also return to your dentist and hygienist for regular professional maintenance because porcelain veneers should be polished with a specially formulated, non-abrasive paste, and because your dentist needs to inspect your dentistry for any sign of potential failure.