Smiling has many health benefits; however, many people attempt to hide their smiles due to the state of their teeth. If you can relate to this, dental veneers may be an option you want to explore. However, before committing to this type of cosmetic dental treatment, it’s crucial to understand how veneers work and that they are a long-term fix for many dental problems.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
Veneers look and function like natural teeth and fit over your own teeth. They require minimum alteration to your natural teeth. Think of veneers as custom-made shells that fit over the front surfaces of your teeth for many years. They can hide cracks, chips, stains, and other cosmetic imperfections you deal with and are one of the most common cosmetic dentistry treatments. Several types of veneers are available, depending on your specific needs and goals.
Once your dentist determines you are an ideal candidate for veneers, they will take an impression of your teeth. That impression will go to a laboratory where they will create a veneer to match your mouth. Before installing your veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the area where the veneer will be placed. Your dental provider will then place the veneer over the tooth, ensuring it’s the right shape and color. They may need to remove it several times to shape and trim the underlying tooth for the proper fit.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Dental veneers aren’t considered a permanent fix; however, they can give you a natural-looking smile for between 7 and 15 years, depending on a few factors. For example, porcelain laminate veneers typically have a lifespan of 10 to 12 years, while composite resin veneers usually need to be replaced sooner, lasting around 4 to 8 years. How well the patient cares for their veneers will often impact how long they last. Since veneers are an investment in your dental health and appearance, and you want them to last as long as possible, choosing an experienced dentist is essential.
Caring for Your Veneers
Be sure you take good care of your veneers to help them last longer. Make sure you are:
- Scheduling semi-annual dental checkups and cleanings
- Brushing your teeth at least twice daily using a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste
- Wearing a mouthguard while playing sports or exercising
- Not using your teeth as though they were a tool—such as tearing through a package with your teeth
- Not grinding your teeth, and if you do, be sure to address this issue with your dentist immediately
Find Out if Dental Veneers are for You
Are you ready to find out of dental veneers are the answer to your dental woes? Contact Glassman Dental Care today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online. Our dental professionals will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and consider your desires and goals for your dental care to help you choose the best solution for you.