What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are also known as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates. They are very thin shells of tooth-colored materials. They are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance of a smile. All dental veneers are custom-fabricated for each tooth. They are made of porcelain or resin composite to enhance tooth color, shape, size, or length.

How do dental veneers stay in place?

Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth and can only be removed by your dentist.

Are there differences in the types of dental veneers?

Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers. They better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. They are fabricated at a dental laboratory, which requires work and time. Resin veneers made chairside, are less cost-intensive but less durable.

dental veneers before and after

Why should I get veneers at Advanced of Dentistry?

There are a couple of factors that contribute to natural looking aesthetically pleasing veneers. How is your dentist’s ability to color match the veneers with your other teeth and your facial features? We have all seen someone with conspicuously perfectly restored teeth. Why do they look so artificial? Are they too perfectly shaped? Do they they have a natural translucency? Are the teeth too white for the person’s age?

Were the impressions taken exact, including areas just below the gumline?
Finally, was a highly skilled dental ceramists used to fabricate the veneers?
With the many years of experience and the utilization of high quality materials, choosing Advanced Dentistry of Richmond will lead to an natural and aesthetic outcome.

When are porcelain veneers recommended?

There are a variety of reasons to recommend porcelain veneers. One common reason includes severely stained or discolored teeth. Also common are teeth showing gaps, chips, wear, irregular shape or short length. Veneers provide a natural, aesthetic appearance and boost patient confidence.

How are dental veneers applied?

Surface preparation is necessary for teeth to accept dental veneers. This involves the removal of about half a millimeter of the natural tooth enamel. Removal allows space for the thickness of the veneer. Following surface preperation, the dentist makes an impression of the prepared tooth. A trained dental technician then uses the impression to prepare a cast. From the cast, the technician fabricates the custom veneer. During a follow-up visit, the dentist fits and bonds the veneers to the teeth.

Are there faster alternatives to porcelain veneers?

The media promotes little or no-prep veneers. These so called Lumineers are veneers that are even thinner than porcelain veneers. They don’t work in all cases, can be less stable and cause gum inflammation because they are thicker than the prior tooth structure.

What are some of the advantages of dental veneers?

Dental veneers are stain resistant. They provide a natural tooth appearance and are very compatible with gum tissue. Porcelain veneers can be accurately color matched to existing teeth. Lighter shades of white are optional. Veneers are a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape. In contrast to a crown, they preserve much of the tooth’s original substance.

What are some of the disadvantages of dental veneers?

Dental veneers are less invasive and require less removal of natural tooth material in comparison to crowns. They require the removal of a thin layer of enamel to achieve a natural look and adequate bonding surface. This is a non-reversible process. It may make the underlying tooth more sensitive to hot and cold beverages. Veneers cannot be whitened with an oral bleaching agent. Teeth whitening must occur before placing veneers.

Who should possibly not get dental veneers?

Those with fractured teeth or very large fillings, may not be good candidates for veneers. Doubtful candidates include those with little tooth enamel or teeth grinders. Anyone who chews on hard objects, fingernails, pencils or ice, may experience complications. Those with gum disease should review options with their dentist before choosing veneers.

How long will veneers last?

According to the ADA veneers generally, last between 5 and 10 years. Maintenance or replacement is required within this interval.

Do veneers require any special care?

Dental veneers do not need any special care. Simply practice good oral hygiene practices such brushing and flossing.

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Updated 9/4/21