3 Ways Veneers Can Improve Your Smile!

November 25, 2019

How Veneers Can Restore your Smile!

There are many ways of correcting one’s smile and bite and there is often no cure-all solution. Veneers can be one way of improving a smile to cosmetically new condition and can fix chips, excessive wear,  cracks, yellowing, and other visual and structural issues that could arise with your teeth. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are uniquely fitted and affixed to the face of the tooth. They are a popular alternative to crown and other treatments as they involve less enamel shaping and preserve more of the original structure of the tooth. 

Veneer Types

Veneers are primarily made from composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain often takes longer to place than composite resin, according to the ADA. After removing a bit of enamel, your dentist takes a mold (or impression) of the problematic teeth. That impression is sent out to a lab that designs the veneers. This can take several days and usually requires the patient to schedule a return visit. Alternatively, composite resin veneers can be sculpted in the office once a dentist reshapes and prepares the damaged teeth. All veneers are then bonded to teeth with resin cement.

Both composite resin and porcelain veneers have a handful of benefits. On one hand, composite resin veneers require less tooth enamel removal than porcelain, cost less than their alternatives, can be applied in one office visit and are easily fixable if damaged. On the other, porcelain veneers are strong and resilient once placed, do not easily stain, look natural and require less enamel removal than crowns or caps.

Veneers can last upwards of 10 years with proper care so its very rarely necessary to redo them. The procedure of placing veneers is simple; your teeth are cleaned and adjusted to fit veneers on the surface. Veneers are then put in place with an adhesive.

Caring for Your Veneers

The AACD suggests brushing and flossing just as you would your regular teeth. Proper daily brushing, and use of non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Consider limiting coffee and other stain-inducing foods. Keep in mind that veneers will need to be replaced at some point, no matter how well you take care of them. But proper oral hygiene will help them last as long as possible.
With veneers, you can resume your life as though you were given a fresh set of teeth without damaging the authenticity and integrity of your smile. This treatment is very easy to take care of post-op and is a great way to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth!

Here is a short video about veneers that can help you understand more!

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