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What are veneers?

Veneers are thin durable shells made of tooth colored materials that are bonded to the surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance.

What are the types of veneers?

Porcelain and composite bonding are the most common veneer materials. Composite veneers are made of a resin that is shaped and bonded to a tooth to enhance the appearance. Porcelain veneers are usually made in a lab and are more resistant to staining, compared to other materials. 

Should I choose composite bonding or porcelain veneers?

Ask your dentist which option is best for you.  If the needed changes are minor and the teeth function properly, cosmetic bonding is an appropriate choice.  If teeth are spaced, broken, dark, and/or the patient clenches or grinds their teeth, then porcelain veneers may be the preferred option.

Why do I need dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a great solution for people with discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, spaced, uneven or irregularly shaped front teeth.  

What is involved in getting a dental veneer?

Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a multi-step process. The first step is to get a consultation with a dentist. At this visit, you can outline your goals and concerns, and the dentist will explain how veneers will work for you. X-rays or impressions of your teeth may be needed. The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer. A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is made. The dentist will then place temporary veneers. At the next appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.  

In the case of veneers made from tooth colored filling material, or composite bonding, this is a one appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth. This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist staining as well as a porcelain veneer.

What are the advantages of dental veneers?

The preparation of veneers preserve the most amount of tooth structure, as very little needs to be removed.  They can improve the appearance of your teeth, and gum tissues respond well to dental veneers.  The color can be custom selected, and in the case of porcelain veneers they are stain resistant.

What are the drawbacks of dental veneers?

Once you have had your tooth prepared for the veneer, the process is not reversible. In the case that a veneer cracks, it is difficult to repair without having to replace the entire veneer. It is important to not have habits like pen-chewing or nail-biting as these can crack the veneer. Veneers are not a good option for people with poor gum health. In addition, people who grind or clench their teeth are at risk for chipping or cracking their veneers. Lastly, veneers are still susceptible to decay so it is important that you maintain optimal oral health and visit your dentist regularly.

Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

If you have stained or chipped teeth, you might be interested in veneers as they will cover up your existing teeth.They are also a popular treatment for smile makeovers or for individuals who want their dream smile.

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