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What are veneers?

Dental Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Dental veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

A digital impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light is used to harden and set the bond.

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What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting dental veneers usually requires two visits to complete the process, and in the case of minimal preparation veneers, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.

A digital impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.

On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light is used to harden and set the bond.

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FAQ

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While both veneers and bonding improve your smile, they have differences in materials, methods, and cost. But the quick answer is that bonding involves putting a tooth-like resin onto your teeth to change the shape or to build it up. Veneers, on the other hand, involve putting a porcelain shell entirely over the tooth’s surface, effectively becoming part of the tooth. More usually a veneer will require removal of some tooth tissue, a “preparation” though there are some people who are suitable for “no preparation” veneers, also sometimes called lumineers. Your dentist can advise which options you may be suitable for and why.

We would always recommend that you ask your dentist which option is right for you. However, here are some quick facts to prepare you for that discussion with the dentist. Dental Bonding might be ideal if:

  • The changes you want are minor and the teeth otherwise function normally.
  • You need a less expensive solution for your cosmetic dental needs.
  • You would like to have the procedure be quick and only involve one visit instead of multiple.
  • You’re committed to still taking good care of your teeth as normal, and remain avoiding teeth-staining food and drink, as bonding tends to still stain.

Veneers might be ideal if:

  • Your teeth are exceedingly broken, crooked, or stained.
  • You clench or grind your teeth often.
  • You require a more durable solution to your cosmetic dental needs.

You’re able to come to the office for more than one visit to have the procedure done. You’re committed to taking care of your veneers just like your other teeth.

Luckily, since the veneers, once bonded, are strong and durable you just need to treat them as normal. You should still brush and floss daily– you don’t need to be afraid of brushing them either. Any non-abrasive toothpaste will work. Let your dentist know if you grind your teeth, as he or she might create a bite guard for you to protect your veneers for as long as possible. Finally, we recommend regular dental checkups for the overall health of your teeth and veneers.

Porcelain veneers usually last around 10-15 years with some people having them for as long as 20! The differences in time depend on certain things that can affect the veneer. Just like a tooth accidents can sometimes happen but often you can rebond it to the tooth. Overall, with proper care, you can expect to have your veneers for years to come!

It depends. There are several elements that go into the veneer process, including how many veneers you are getting, the cost of the x-rays and wax model, whether or not you need a bite guard, etc. Every plan is as individual as you and no two cases are ever really the same. 

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