Most people have something about their smile that they don’t like. Unfortunately, this can be powerful enough to impact their level of self-confidence and overall quality of life.
The good news is that dental veneers, a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, can transform smiles by covering up these imperfections. Let’s take a closer look at how they work.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
A dental veneer is a thin shell of a covering that’s bonded to the front of your tooth. In other words, unlike a dental crown, veneers do not fully cover the tooth but rather make the visible part look perfect. This is why they are typically only used on those teeth that can be seen when you smile.
After a professional dental cleaning, your dentist will etch the surface of your tooth, shaving off just a little bit of your enamel. The veneer is then bonded to it and this rough surface allows it to have a better grip.
Because each dental veneer is custom-designed, it can match the color, shape, and size of your teeth so that it blends beautifully with those around it. This means that the process of getting dental veneers will involve more than one visit, though the visits will be relatively quick.
A local anesthetic is used to keep any discomfort from this non-invasive procedure at bay.
What Are Dental Veneers Used For?
Since they act as a coverup, dental veneers can be used for many different reasons. For instance, you may find that they work well on issues, such as:
- Tooth discoloration (especially the stains that cannot be removed with whitening treatments)
- Chips and cracks
- Odd-shaped tooth
- Crooked teeth
- Worn teeth
The idea of dental veneers is that they are used to enhance the appearance of your teeth, covering up the visible issues.
What Are Dental Veneers Made Of?
Dental veneers can be made of different materials, with porcelain and composite resin being the two most popular options. Both can give you the transformative look you are hoping for as they are designed with a custom fit. However, they are not created equal.
Porcelain veneers are the type most highly recommended by dentists. The reason for this is that they look incredibly natural and are highly functional and durable. Porcelain veneers are known to be the longest-lasting.
Veneers made of composite resin will get the job done even though they are not designed to last as long. Composite veneers are also susceptible to staining over time which can dampen their appearance.
Some dentists will offer options for dental veneers and others only provide porcelain veneers–the very best. Regardless, the better you care for your veneers when you get them, the longer they will last.
Are Dental Veneers Right For You?
Find out if dental veneers are right for you with a visit to the Dental Associates of Lodi. We have extensive experience in providing exceptional dental care - including dental veneers - to the residents in and around Lodi, NJ.