Veneers Q & A
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin “shells” that fit over the surface of your teeth, improving their color, shape, and size. They are an excellent cosmetic treatment because they preserve most of your natural tooth tissue while giving you a beautiful and durable smile.
Dental veneers are made of either resin composite or porcelain. Porcelain veneers are stronger, more stain-resistant, and more natural-looking than composite resin, but they also tend to be a bit pricier.
What dental issues can veneers correct?
Dental veneers can be used to address numerous cosmetic flaws, including teeth that are:
During your consultation, Dr. Steier helps you understand the full range of cosmetic dentistry options, and she guides you toward the treatments that are best suited to your specific needs and goals.
How are dental veneers put into place?
Once you and Dr. Steier decide to move forward with veneers, she takes X-rays and impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Next, she carefully removes a tiny portion of your tooth enamel to create room for the veneer. Only around one half of a millimeter is removed, which is nearly the thickness of the veneers.
Dr. Steier then uses additional imaging or impressions. That information helps ensure that the dental lab creates a set of custom veneers that look great and allow for a proper bite. You might receive a set of temporary veneers to wear while your veneers are being crafted.
Once your new veneers arrive, Dr. Steier checks the fit before cementing them in place. Special dental cement allows her to customize the shade of your new veneers. A light beam activates the cement to harden, then Dr. Steier completes the process by removing any excess dental cement and checking your bite and smile.
Are dental veneers permanent?
Although your new veneers are incredibly durable, they will not last forever. With proper care, you can expect your veneers to last 10 years or longer. Eventually, you’ll need to return for a new set of veneers, which involves the same process outlined above.
You can extend the life of your veneers by engaging in a solid dental hygiene routine. That includes regular dental exams and cleanings, as well as a home system of brushing and flossing. You should also avoid biting down on hard items or continuing habits like chewing ice. Placing excessive strain on your teeth can cause your veneers to chip or crack.
When you’re ready for the smile of your dreams, Dr. Steier is here to help. Schedule a consultation today to get the process started or to ask any questions you have regarding cosmetic dentistry.