What are Dental Veneers?

what are dental veneers

If you have ever seen acrylic fingernails then you have an idea of what a dental veneer is. Dental veneers are similar because the veneer goes over the tooth. Dental veneers are mainly used to fix esthetic problems, such as discolored teeth. This article discusses the other things you may want to learn about dental veneers.

Who Needs Dental Veneers?

As already mentioned, dental veneers can be helpful if your teeth are badly stained and you would like a brighter smile. Dr. Jordan Smith, a dentist in Georgetown, KY, explains that veneers are also useful for reshaping the look of your teeth. The dental experts at ThoroughDent Smiles in Georgetown, KY can also use dental veneers to make chipped teeth look complete again. Additionally, small gaps in your teeth can be closed using dental veneers.

What Are Veneers Made From?

According to Dr. Kristina Neda, dental veneers are usually made from either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain is the material of choice because it closely resembles natural teeth, is very strong, doesn’t stain easily and hardly requires the removal of enamel from your teeth during the preparation stage since it is very thin. However, porcelain veneers are more costly than composite resin veneers.

Composite resin veneers are made from tooth-colored filling materials. These veneers are more affordable when compared to porcelain veneers. Composite resin veneers require less time to be fitted and they can be repaired easily if they ever get damaged. This is unlike porcelain veneers which can’t be repaired.

How Is a Tooth Prepared for the Veneer?

First, the dental team at ThoroughDent Smiles will assess your eligibility for dental veneers. If you are found to have cavities, gum disease or any other condition which needs to be treated or fixed, Dr. Kristina Neda will halt the process of getting you ready for veneers and first address the existing dental condition.

If nothing is amiss, then Dr. Jordan Smith or any other professional at ThoroughDent Smiles will remove a bit of the enamel on your tooth so that space is created for the veneer. What is removed corresponds to the thickness of the veneer, usually half a millimeter or less.

Once the tooth has been filed down, dental impressions are taken either digitally or using dental putty. Dr. Jordan Smith sends the impression (mold) to an external dental lab so that custom veneers can be fabricated for you.

A local anesthetic is given to forestall any discomfort you may feel as your tooth is prepared. Color matching is also done so that the veneer made will resemble the adjacent teeth. You don’t want the veneer to look several shades brighter or darker than your other teeth, do you?

How Long Does the Process Take?

You will need to make at least two visits to ThoroughDent Smiles in Georgetown, KY for your dental veneers. The first visit is primarily for prepping your tooth and the other visit is for fitting the fabricated veneer onto the tooth.

What Happens After Fitting the Veneer?

The ThoroughDent Smiles team will only make minor adjustments once the veneer is fitted and cemented in place. Dr. Kristina Neda recommends that you wait a few days so that you get used to the veneer before having any final adjustments, such as polishing, made to it.

How Long Does a Veneer Last?

While veneers can last for several years, their actual longevity will depend on how well you take care of them so that they don’t chip, crack or break. Talk to Dr. Jordan Smith about the things you should avoid, such as chewing on ice, in order to prolong the life of your veneer.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

They whiten your teeth. Years of smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and eating pigmented food can leave your teeth badly discolored. Dental veneers can fix the discoloration and since they are largely resistant to stains, you may not need to deal with discolored teeth as often as is the case with natural teeth.

They fix minor cosmetic defects. We asked our friend, Dr. Chris Green, a dentist in Parker, CO, about the benefits of dental veneers. Dr. Green reveals that many people who get dental veneers use them to fix cosmetic defects, such as chipped and misshapen teeth as a major reason for needing veneers. Dental veneers do a good job of fixing those minor problems which reduce the visual appeal of your smile.

They replace damaged enamel. Over time, the enamel on your natural teeth can wear down due to several factors, such as exposure to acidic food and drinks. The erosion of enamel opens the door to various problems, such as tooth sensitivity and tooth darkening. A dental veneer covers the area left by the eroded enamel and your teeth will become stronger.

Any Drawbacks of Veneers?

One drawback of veneers is that the process is invasive. The enamel that is removed to pave way for the veneer cannot be restored, so getting veneers fitted is an irreversible process.

Additionally, you face a higher risk of developing tooth sensitivity. The removal of enamel from the surface of the teeth reduces the thickness of the tooth. Consequently, the softer dentine is brought closer to the surface and your tooth may become sensitive to pressure, heat and cold things.

Need More Advice?

Call ThoroughDent Smiles or schedule an appointment so that any concerns you have about dental veneers can be addressed. Think carefully about the pros and cons of dental veneers and make an informed decision to have them fitted or opt for another alternative.