What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells that are bonded, or cemented, to the front of your teeth. They are custom-made of porcelain or composite resin, and provide a natural, attractive look. Veneers can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth.
For teeth that are severely discoloured, chipped or misshapen, veneers create a durable and pleasing smile. Plus, veneers are difficult to stain, making them popular for people seeking a perfect smile.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Teeth veneers are a great cosmetic solution for cracked, broken, crooked, or stained teeth. There are many benefits of choosing porcelain veneers, such as:
A natural tooth appearance. Porcelain dental veneers are precisely crafted and shaded to look and feel like completely natural teeth.
Stain resistance. Because porcelain is less porous than the surface of a natural tooth, it’s more resistant to stains from coffee, tea, and red wine.
The treatment of multiple cosmetic dental issues at once. Teeth veneers can resolve more than one cosmetic dental issue, making it an excellent choice for individuals who would ordinarily need multiple procedures. For example, instead of getting two crowns and a separate teeth whitening procedure, veneers can resolve all three issues.
Excellent biocompatibility. Ordinarily, gum tissue is receptive to porcelain and is unlikely to result in irritation or allergy. It does not leach toxic chemicals or substances into the body.
Porcelain teeth veneers are crafted for each individual patient and can be customized to your unique needs. Dr. Korat will work with you one-on-one to create your perfect smile.
Different types of veneers
Porcelain veneers are made of the same high-quality dental porcelain used to make tooth replacements such as crowns.
Veneers made of porcelain have the following advantages:
- A porcelain veneer is durable. It will not stain from tobacco, coffee, wine, or other discoloring agents present in food and drinks.
- The translucent quality of a porcelain veneer mimics the light-reflecting qualities of dental enamel. As a result, the veneer looks natural teeth.
- Having a porcelain veneer installed is less invasive and removes a smaller amount of the tooth structure.
Composite veneers are made of composite resin and can be completely installed during a single appointment. When a composite veneer is placed, the dentist will buff the tooth slightly, and then apply a special bonding agent, which will help bond the veneer to the tooth. Once the composite veneer is installed, it will be shaped and polished to provide natural looking results.
A composite veneer has the following advantages:
- Composite veneers are cheaper than their porcelain counterparts.
- A composite veneer can be repaired if there is a problem, whereas any issue with a porcelain veneer requires total replacement.
How veneers are applied
There are a few steps to placing dental veneers:
- Diagnostic impression: An initial mold is taken of your teeth. You will bite down on a plaster-like material that takes a perfect impression of your teeth. This is then removed and the veneers for your teeth are made from the mold. This way, the veneers are not generic, but instead made specifically for your mouth and your teeth.
- Patient discussion: When the mockup is ready, you return to the office so we can discuss the design with you. We may even do a demonstration on your teeth with temporary materials, to mimic what the final restoration will look like.
- Enamel preparation: The teeth you are having veneers placed on are then sanded down slightly. The top layer of enamel is removed, so when the veneers are placed it is flush with the rest of your teeth. The level of enamel removed depends on the kind of veneers you're going with as some are thicker, which means more of the original tooth's enamel must be removed. It takes a few days to have the veneers produced for your specific teeth.
- Temporary veneers: While we wait for the lab, you will be provided with temporary veneers. They are very thin and must be cared for carefully so that they don’t pop off or break.
- Veneer placement: Once the porcelain veneers are delivered from the dental laboratory, we schedule another appointment to cement them permanently. We begin by cleaning the tooth. It is very important that your teeth be thoroughly cleaned before applied veneers, as we do not want to trap any bacteria or debris underneath them. We then use a special tool to roughen the surface of the tooth. This allows us to apply the dental cement that will hold the veneer. Once the veneer is placed and properly adjusted, we use an ultraviolet curing light to harden it.
Reasons to consider veneers
There are a number of situations where veneers make a good deal of sense. Dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
- Worn enamel: Tooth enamel can become worn or dulled naturally over time (consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee, smoking and the use of certain medications), or as a result of a genetic predisposition. Veneers are perfect for correcting smiles affected by worn enamel.
- Wear and tear: As we age, our teeth naturally begin to wear down. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance. Veneers can restore the natural appearance of healthy, youthful teeth.
- Genetics: Certain people are born with abnormal spacing between their teeth that widens with age.
- Uneven teeth: Uneven teeth can result from the grinding/gnashing of teeth, and/or through general wear and tear. This can lead to bite issues in addition to cosmetic smile issues.
- Discoloration: Stubborn tooth discoloration may not be fully correctable through teeth whitening. In such cases, veneers can offer a simple, cosmetic solution.
We recommend the following care after you get veneers
- Develop healthy Dental Habits - Brush and floss twice daily.
- Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils or ice.
- It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your veneers. But do let your dentist know if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed. He or she will correct it before you leave the office.
- Use a mouthguard when participating in sports and physical activities.
- Finally, be sure to visit Ace Family Dental on a regular basis to keep your new smile healthy and bright.
Do you recommend veneers for all of my teeth?
Most people benefit most from veneers that cover their front teeth and the teeth that show when they smile. We usually recommend veneers in sets of 2 to help maintain a symmetrical smile.
Will dental veneers look like normal teeth?
A veneer’s resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel—with all of its color and shade complexities—is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Our goal is a beautiful, age-appropriate smile that earns you compliments. To achieve this, the typical treatment plan involves optimizing the tooth color of all teeth in the mouth using teeth whitening, replacing unsightly or damaged fillings, and then shaping the teeth for precise impressions that are sent to the lab.
Can Porcelain Veneers Stain?
No, porcelain veneers do not stain. Unlike tooth enamel, porcelain is not porous, so it is impervious to coffee, tea, red wine and other foods. After five years or so, staining may develop at the edge of the veneer where it meets the tooth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups your porcelain veneers should last for decades
How Many Veneers Are Applied At Once?
This is up to you. However, it is generally recommended to consider more than one veneer. Veneers are placed on the front teeth. Despite the best effort to patch the color of your current teeth and the veneer, there is often a slight difference. Plus, over time your teeth will change color and the veneers do not change with teeth whitening. This makes keeping everything the same shade difficult. With all of this in mind, it is often recommended, especially for the top row of teeth, to have at least veneers placed on the front six (if not eight). This keeps everything looking the same and the same shade, although this is completely up to you and your dentist can talk to you about the options.
Does getting veneers hurt?
There is generally no pain. The removal of the enamel doesn't hurt at all for most. However, if you have any kind of irritation around the base of your teeth (where it comes in contact with the gums) you may experience a small amount of pain for a moment or two. Usually it does not require any anesthesia. However, if you do begin to feel uncomfortable the dentist can provide the anesthesia to remove this numbness and discomfort.
Veneers vs crowns
The best way to determine whether you need a crown or a veneer is to schedule a consultation with Sugar Land dentist Dr. Korat to discuss your specific dental needs. In general, dental crown are used to rebuild a tooth that is weak or fractured. Veneers are used for cosmetic purposes to conceal small flaws that don’t compromise the integrity of the tooth. If you have a tooth that is decayed or damaged, you likely need a crown. If you simply do not like the way a tooth looks, a veneer is probably the better option.
Veneers vs Whitening?
Porcelain dental veneers or direct composite veneers may require “prepping” of all teeth being treated. Therefore, some cosmetic dentists first recommend teeth whitening to people with mildly discolored teeth, who want a whiter & brighter smile. Because, it is the least invasive cosmetic dentistry option. If crooked teeth or alignment issues are involved, whitening also may be combined with orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign.
VENEERS NEAR ME
If you live in Sugar Land, Missouri city, Houston tx and searching for "dentist near me" you could benefit from dental veneers at our local dental office. When it comes to improving your smile, one of the best fixes is with the aid of dental veneers. These items are easily placed over your current teeth, so no extractions or teeth removals are necessary. This helps keep pain levels down, in addition to recovery time. In fact, when you leave the dentist office after the final veneers are in place, you'll be ready to show off your brilliant new smile. We also offer same day appointments and make it easy to book an appointment online for your veneers needs. If you want to know more about dental veneers, want to discuss pricing and are curious about whether veneers is right for you, now is the perfect time to book consultation or give us a call at 281-980-1811