Annual Oral Health Section

This convenient dental fitting can remedy cosmetic concerns and create a confident, natural-looking smile.

woman holding a row of artificial teeth

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells made from porcelain or ceramic that are adhered to the front surface of teeth. These enamel-colored fittings are a durable and often permanent solution to common cosmetic concerns.

Who’s a Good Candidate?

Veneer recipients often have damaged, misshapen, or severely discolored teeth. Veneers can replace a single tooth or multiple, depending on the needs of the patient. If you want to repair your smile, but aren’t sure if you’re ready to make the commitment of veneers, cosmetic bonding is an excellent alternative. This procedure uses resin to remedy milder superficial flaws such as tooth gaps or chipped teeth.

Veneer Placement

The process of placing veneers usually takes place across two dentist visits. At the first, some prep will be done to ready your teeth for the veneers. This usually includes buffing and surface shaping. A dental impression will then be taken via an intraoral scanner and sent to a lab, where they will craft your custom-made veneers. In the meantime, your dentist will apply temporary veneers and set up a second appointment with you.

At this second visit, the temporary veneers will be removed, your teeth will be cleaned, and the new, permanent veneers will be placed using a strong adhesive. Once this occurs, your teeth will be cured under a light for 60 seconds to complete the bonding process. After a cleanup and polishing, you’ll be good to go!

Veneer Upkeep

You will care for your new veneers just as you would your natural teeth. Dentists recommend against certain habits, such as chewing ice or biting your nails, to avoid any problems with your veneers. Though they may require replacement eventually, taking proper care of your veneers will ensure that they last as long as possible. Whether you opt for veneers or cosmetic bonding, both can provide you with a smile to be confident in!

An Expert Weighs In

“When considering cosmetic dentistry, it’s important to research which options are best for you. Braces, whitening, and veneers are among the most common options, but not the only ones. Scheduling a consultation with your dentist is the first step. Be sure to communicate any questions and concerns you may have and be clear about what your desired expectations are. Sometimes what you are hoping to achieve might not be realistic. It’s better to have these conversations beforehand. After careful examination, your dentist will develop a personalized treatment plan for your smile goals.”

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