Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed for the procedure. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking. Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. They are usually irreversible because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Individuals who have stained, crooked or broken teeth often choose veneers to improve their smile. People with worn out teeth can also benefit from the use of veneers. A porcelain veneer provides a facade on the tooth that changes the color and shape of the tooth. Furthermore, individuals who have stained teeth due to tea, nicotine or coffee will be able to improve their smile in the long run. This is because veneers are super resistant to staining from such substances.
When a patient goes to get veneers for their teeth, there’s a process that involves multiple visits to the dentist. For starters, the initial appointment will be a consultation with the dentist followed by a plan for treatment. If the patient agrees and is ready to move forward, the second part of the application process for veneers is preparation. The prepping appointment involves buffing the existing tooth or teeth, so they are thin enough to account for the addition of porcelain veneers. After all, the final product should look natural, so others don’t realize the person has had dental veneers put on their teeth. A final visit takes place to bond the veneer to the tooth. This process can take one to two hours. After the veneer application, the individual will need to come back in for a follow-up appointment to make sure everything is still in alignment.
For most individuals thinking about getting veneers on their teeth, they want to know how long veneers will last. They could potentially last a lifetime. However, the true test of veneers depends on the individual and how well they care for their teeth. Caring for veneers properly will help to extend the lifespan of dental veneers.