What is a dental veneer?
A veneer is a permanent change used to correct tooth imperfections, such as stained or chipped teeth. Veneers are thin porcelain or composite resin coverings that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth using dental cement.
Why you should try veneers?
Easily Whiten Your Smile --> Years of drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or eating highly pigmented foods can eventually take their toll on your teeth, turning them an unattractive shade of yellow or brown. Stained enamel can be bleached at home or by your dentist but can also become stained again. If you are looking for an easier way to whiten your smile for good, dental veneers may be a great fit for you. Veneers are mostly stain-resistant, so you will not have to worry about discoloration or needing to have your veneers whitened.
Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems --> Veneers can fix chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, minor misalignment and/or discoloration, they help correct many cosmetic dental issues.
Replace Damaged Enamel --> Enamel is strong but not indestructible. Your enamel may still be worn down from overzealous tooth brushing or eaten away by highly acidic foods and drinks. The stomach acid associated with acid re flux disease can also damage your enamel. Damaged enamel can become a cause for concern because lost enamel does not grow back. Fortunately, you can replace it. Veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel abrasion or enamel erosion.
How to take proper care of your veneers
- Practice oral hygiene
- Use soft toothbrush and a good toothpaste
- Frequent dental check-ups
- Avoid chewing objects
- Avoid grinding and clenching teeth
- Avoid foods that stain your teeth
- Quit smoking
How long do veneers last?
The lifespan of dental veneers depends on whether you have porcelain or composite veneers, and how well you care for them. Porcelain laminate veneers can last from 10 to 12 years. Composite resin veneers need to be replaced sooner, since they last for around 4 to 8 years.
What is the difference between composite veneers and porcelain veneers?
Composite veneers are made from a synthetic mix of resin (plastic) and glass, which is applied to the tooth one layer at a time. Porcelain laminate veneers are thin “shells” of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the tooth.