First, let’s answer the question, “what are veneers?” A veneer is a super-thin, tooth-colored shell designed to fit over the front teeth to improve appearance while protecting natural tooth enamel. Because dental veneers are elective and primarily for aesthetics, dental practitioners often refer to them as a “smile makeover.” The shells are custom-made to permanently bond to your teeth, covering their natural color and shape. You can choose between partial dental veneers (those that cover your entire tooth) and full veneers (those that cover the entire front of your tooth).Note that veneering involves shaving off a little amount of your enamel; this process is irreversible. Additionally, your teeth and gums must be healthy. So, your dentist will start by addressing any preexisting dental disease or decay before installing veneers.
There are several reasons why people choose veneers over other dental procedures. They include:
Porcelain veneers are made of ceramic material. Ceramic has similar properties to your enamel, which makes porcelain dental veneers appear like natural teeth and realistic. Because ceramic has an extremely smooth and impervious surface, porcelain veneers are more resistant to permanent stains- you don’t have to worry about cigarette, wine, or coffee stains.
You also get the option to choose from a range of porcelain shades designed to make dark teeth appear whiter. Compared to full restorative procedures like dental crowns, porcelain veneer teeth have a minimally invasive procedure. What’s more, they are more durable, lasting anywhere between 10 and 15 years.Composite veneers are made from composite resin.
They are cheaper, often costing around half the price of porcelain veneers. Additionally, they require minimal preparation but tend to be weaker and more susceptible to stains. Because they can be fabricated as you wait, composite veneers are typically a same-day treatment. On average, composite shells last five to seven years, after which they’ll need replacing. They are also more conservative than porcelain. For example, when porcelain breaks, you’ll need to replace the entire veneer. But when composite chips, a dental specialist can quickly repair the damaged section.
Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you. Shouldn’t you take the time to ensure that what they notice about you is impressive? At Dental 32, we have the experience and knowledge to keep your smile shiny and beautiful for years to come. Contact us online or call our office in Ashburn, VA to book your next appointment today!
Getting dental veneers typically requires one to three sessions. Here are the typical porcelain veneering steps:
If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.Veneer teeth will eventually need replacing, but good care can extend their lifespan. Here are a few things to remember: