What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, shell-like tooth coverings that are placed on top of existing teeth to give them a more desirable look. Veneers are natural-looking and do not appear out of place to the average onlooker. Veneers are custom-made for each patient to fit the exact shape of their existing teeth. Veneers are a long-term cosmetic solution; once you make the decision to get them, they’ll stay with you for a long time. The decision to get veneers is a big one; depending on the condition of your teeth, your dentist might have to remove some of your existing enamel in order to attach your new veneers.
There are typically two types of veneers: porcelain and resin-based. Your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of each option and give you advice as to which would work best for you. Dr. Century and the dental team at Lakeside Dental would be happy to walk you through all the features of veneers.
Porcelain and Resin-Based Composite Veneers
A porcelain veneer is a thin covering placed over the top or the side of a tooth. Although the material is thin, it is extremely strong; porcelain veneers can last for up to 20 years. It’s likely that some amount of your existing enamel will have to be removed from your tooth in order for the dentist to place a porcelain veneer on top of it. Porcelain veneers are a popular choice because of how long they last. They’re also popular because they are averse to staining, they can handle wear and tear without chips or fractures, and they look natural inside the mouth.
Resin-based composite veneers are made from a type of filling material that is bonded to your tooth. The dentist carefully shapes the filling and allows it to set on your existing tooth. Then, the veneer is polished and smoothed to blend in with the rest of the tooth. Some patients prefer composite veneers because they are typically less expensive than porcelain and often take less time to install. While you may have to visit the dentist a few times in order to finish the installation process for porcelain veneers, composite resin can be completed in one visit. Resin veneers are also easier to fix if something goes wrong, but they don’t last as long as porcelain veneers and are more likely to stain or crack. Dr. Century would be happy to advise you on which type of veneer is best for you.
How to Take Care of Dental Veneers
Once your veneers are installed, it is important to take care of them so they last as long as possible. You must still practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, as well as paying routine visits to your dentist. You’ll also want to consider breaking the habit of biting your nails or chewing on hard objects like pencils. Because your veneers might be subject to staining, you should also avoid foods that can heavily stain teeth or veneers, like coffee, tea, or wine.
Let Lakeside Dental Help Improve Your Smile With Veneers
We know the dentist’s office can be intimidating for many. At Lakeside Dental, you’ll find that we combine the latest in cosmetic dental technology with quality customer service to provide you with an experience that will leave you comfortable and at ease. We take pleasure in providing a pain-free experience to our clients – every time. We combine training, experience, and empathy to provide an experience that you will enjoy and appreciate.
Schedule an Appointment – Veneers Can Change Your Smile
Dental veneers might just be the solution you’ve been looking for to improve your smile and boost your confidence. Call us today to book an appointment with our dental team so you can become one of Lakeside Dental’s many success stories.