Benefits of Veneers
June 17, 2019
Dental veneers are an easy way to improve your smile and can provide many benefits.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are made from resin-composite materials or ceramic. They’re permanently bonded to fit over the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance.
What Are the Benefits of Veneers?
Veneers offer the following benefits:
Provides Strength & Durability
Veneers last about 10 to 15 years and allow you to eat and drink whatever you’d like without worry.
Requires No Extensive Shaping
Unlike crowns, veneers usually don’t require that your teeth undergo extensive shaping before they’re applied.
Whitens Your Smile
If you get your teeth whitened, they can become stained again and you’ll have to repeat the procedure. But veneers are largely resistant to stains.
Camouflages Cosmetic Issues
Teeth that have a gap between them or are slightly crooked can be corrected with braces, but in some cases, their appearance can be improved by veneers. They can hide minor problems such as those listed above as well as pointed, unusually shaped teeth, or broken or chipped teeth.
Requires No After-Care
You won’t have to alter your at-home oral care routine after you get veneers. Keep brushing twice a day, flossing once daily, and using mouthwash once a day.
What’s the Process for Getting Dental Veneers?
After you and your dentist determine that veneers are the right option for you, they will take X-rays to make sure your teeth are healthy. A small amount of enamel will be removed from your teeth to accommodate the veneers, and an impression of your teeth will be sent to the lab so your veneers can be created.
In a few weeks, your dentist will receive your custom-made veneers from the lab. He or she will temporarily place it on your tooth or teeth to check its fit and color. It can be trimmed to achieve the best fit, and its color can be adjusted with the shade of cement that’s used.
Your teeth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched before a special cement is applied to your veneers. Your veneers are then applied to your teeth.
A special light will then be used to cause the cement to harden quickly, and finally, your dentist will remove any excess cement, check your bite, and make any adjustments needed. You may have a follow-up appointment during which your dentist will check your veneers and make sure your gums are responding well to their presence.
Who is a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Many people are good candidates for veneers. If you have cosmetic concerns or would like to improve the appearance of your smile, your dentist can explain any options, including veneers, and let you know any pros and cons of each in your particular case.
You may need to correct the following before getting veneers:
- Active tooth decay or gum disease: You should receive treatment for these issues before your veneers are placed.
- Clenching or grinding your teeth: These habits may damage your veneers, so your dentist may recommend that you wear a night guard.
If you’re interested in finding out more about dental veneers and whether you could be a good candidate, make an appointment today with Ralph Avenue Dental Care in Brooklyn, NY. We provide top-level care for all your dental needs.