If you’re looking to improve your smile, dental veneers may be the answer. But what are dental veneers and do they need to be replaced?
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, natural-looking shells that are custom-made to fit over the surface of teeth that need to be corrected. They instantly transform your smile! Each veneer is designed to match the organic nature of your dental enamel, shaped and colored so it fits in seamlessly among the rest of your teeth. Veneers are made of composite resin or porcelain and are used to fix uneven, chipped, worn down, decayed, cracked, discolored, gapped, or misaligned teeth.
The Dental Veneers Procedure
After you’ve discussed dental veneers with your dentist and determined that they are the right treatment for you, you’ll need to set up an initial appointment so we can prepare your teeth for the veneers. We’ll remove a very small amount from the surface of the tooth in order to fit the veneer snugly over it. Then, we’ll take an impression of your teeth so the veneers can be made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Once the veneers are ready, we’ll bond them to your teeth with resin cement. And voila, you have the smile of your dreams!
The Longevity of Dental Veneers
While veneers are made of durable porcelain, it’s still important that you care for the them in the same way that you would your other teeth. They can last for up to 15 years if they’re properly cared for! Dr. Jeziorski will check your veneers each visit and let you know if and when he thinks that it may be time to replace your veneers.
Maintenance for Dental Veneers
Caring for your dental veneers is much the same as how you care for the rest of your teeth. You should be brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, rinsing, and using fluoride toothpaste. Stay away from foods that could chip your veneers such as hard candies, as well as drinks that cause stains such as coffee or red wine. Be sure to wear your mouthguard both at night if you grind your teeth, and during any type of physical activity that includes impact with other players.
If you think dental veneers may be right for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment. If you already have dental veneers, be sure you’re coming in for regular cleanings and checkups!