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You may have heard of many people enhancing their smile by “getting veneers.” But, what exactly are these and how will they change your smile?

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are fit to the facial aspect of one’s teeth. This in turn, repairs enamel chips or enhances the shape, color, and/or size of teeth. These different repair options allow the client and dentist to collaborate on an array desired outcomes created specifically for them.

How do veneers work?

That’s right, that means less work for you. The veneer is bonded to the tooth using a specialized dental cement. Once it is in it’s proper place, the margins are polished so that the treated teeth feel smooth just like normal enamel. The veneers then work as the enhanced version of your teeth with your desired shape, color, and/or size. The patient can resume normal chewing and functioning with ease and no restrictions.

How are veneers made?

A common question asked by clients is, “What are veneers made of?” It’s not unusual to wonder what addition you’re making to your teeth, considering you rely on these for everyday living. A ceramist (lab technician trained to work with porcelain) can use either pressed ceramic or layered porcelain to build the veneers on a dental model. Every case is different and unique to the patient, so this choice will be made depending on a number of factors. Color, translucency and thickness are all components that will be taken into consideration when creating veneers for each individual.

Is removal of tooth necessary in veneer treatment?

Depending on the desired result, some preparation of tooth may be necessary. Again, each patient is an individual and therefore preparation and treatments are tailored to fit their needs and desires. However, since the veneers are very thin (< 1mm), preparation is often very minimal.

Are veneers permanent?

The cement that is used to place the veneers is in fact, a permanent cement. So, once the cement sets, it generally cannot be removed without breaking it off. Patients can continue with normal brushing and flossing immediately. Not only that, they can feel confident in resuming a comfortable and reliable bite for chewing and everyday living.

How long do veneers last?

With proper planning and care with guidance of your dentist, well placed veneers can last at least 10 years. It is important to to talk to your provider about maintaining veneers in the healthiest and safest manner.

If you think your smile may be enhanced with veneers or you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! After all, a more healthy and confident smile could be a phone call or e-mail away.