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Dental Veneers: What Are Veneers?

Dental Veneer

You may be able to get the look you want with the aid of dental veneers. They are a popular option for people who have teeth that are misshapen, chipped, or have gaps between them.

Thin covers called dental veneers are bonded to teeth to give them a more conventional shape. There are many different dental veneer options available at Goodridge Family Dentistry. To find out what is best for you, speak with your dentist.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are an easy solution if you want to enhance your smile. Veneers are comparatively thin coverings applied to the front (visible) surface of teeth. They appear to be real teeth. Several dental issues can be treated with veneers, such as:

  • stained teeth that cannot be whitened by bleaching
  • worn-out or cracked teeth
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • A significant gap or uneven spaces exist between the upper front teeth.

Porcelain or composite resin are the two materials used to make veneers. The best material for you can be determined with the assistance of your dentist. There are advantages to each kind of veneer.

Dental Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer is a small, precisely-fitting shell that goes over the tooth.

Benefits of porcelain veneers:

  • They are durable and robust.
  • They have a surface that appears natural.
  • Unlike a crown or cap, less tooth enamel needs to be removed.
  • They resist stains well.

Steps to place porcelain veneers:

  • The front and sides of the teeth are typically prepared by the dentist by removing a small amount of enamel. In order for your teeth to look natural, this makes room for the veneers.
  • The dentist creates a mould, or impression, of the ready teeth. The best veneer shade for your smile is also chosen by the dentist.
  • A dental lab makes the porcelain veneers specifically to fit your teeth using the impression that is sent to them. This could take a few days. You might be given temporary veneers by the dentist to wear in the interim.
  • During the follow-up appointment, the dentist applies the veneers to the teeth to check their fit and shape. The teeth are cleaned following any adjustments, and the veneers are then affixed to the tooth.
  • At a later appointment, more adjustments might be made.

Composite resin veneers

A composite resin veneer is created by bonding a tooth-colored filling to the tooth.

Benefits of composite resin veneers:

  • typically requires less tooth enamel removal than crowns or porcelain veneers
  • may result in fewer dental appointments; these veneers occasionally only require one and are less expensive than porcelain veneers.
  • are simple to repair if they are harmed; Composite veneers can be quickly and easily repaired even though they are typically not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers.

Steps to place composite resin veneers:

  • After the teeth have been cleaned or reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and shapes the composite material using the colour that is best for you.
  • The composite is hardened with a special light before being bonded to your teeth.
  • The veneers are polished and buffed to resemble real teeth.


Before you get veneers

  • Before getting veneers, your teeth and gums must be in good condition. Before your veneers are applied, your dentist can treat any illness or decay.
  • Patients who clench or grind their teeth may not always benefit from veneers due to the thin veneers’ susceptibility to breakage. Your dentist might advise you to use a plastic dental night guard while you sleep if you clench or grind your teeth.
  • Even though your dentist removes the least amount of tooth enamel necessary to place veneers, the procedure cannot be reversed once the enamel has been taken out.
  • Veneers have the potential to become loose over time. Then perhaps new ones are required.
  • Discuss all of your expectations and treatment options with your dentist, as you should with all of your dental care. You must visit the dentist frequently to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

After you get veneers

  • Under stress, veneers can crack or chip. Avoid chewing on ice or pencils, and refrain from biting your fingernails.
  • You might need a few days to get used to how your veneers feel. But be sure to tell your dentist if your bite feels off after the veneer has been applied. Before you leave the office, he or she will fix it.
  • By daily brushing and flossing, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy. Cavities can still form beneath or around veneers. A seal of acceptance from the American Dental Association should be visible on dental care products. This indicates that a product has complied with ADA requirements for both safety and efficacy.

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