Veneers are thin covers for your teeth that are made of aesthetic porcelain to cover imperfections like discoloration, enamel erosion, chips and cracks, misaligned teeth, or teeth that are too short, misshapen, or too small.
By filing down a small portion of your natural tooth, we then bond the tooth which blends in seamlessly and creates the illusion of symmetrical and aesthetic teeth. Veneers are usually only placed at the very front of the mouth, where your front six teeth show when you smile. Our Northampton cosmetic dentist can help you achieve the smile of your dreams! Contact us today!
Veneers can also be made out of composite resin.
Dr. Aurora will perform an oral exam and take digital scans of your teeth to rule out oral health problems and determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers.
½ mm of tooth enamel will be removed from your tooth with a dental drill under a local anesthetic. This creates enough room for the veneer to attach without sticking out.
Post-trimming your tooth, an impression is taken of your teeth and sent to a dental lab to fabricate your veneers. A shade guide is also used to match the shade of your veneers to the rest of your teeth.
You will wear immediate temporary veneers until your official ones are ready from the dental lab.
After a few weeks, the veneers will be ready and we’ll check that they look and fit right. Then, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched before bonding the veneers to your teeth.
If you have minor chips or cracks, veneers are a great alternative to dental bonding to cover these up. Veneers last much longer and are more durable than composite resin. Whereas bonding wears down as you chew and use your teeth, porcelain veneers can last for up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
Transform your teeth by elongating short teeth or making the teeth look bigger. This can help your smile stand out. When patients have abnormally small teeth, it can create the appearance of having baby teeth or they may look like they’ve been damaged. Veneers can achieve the perfect size and length you’ve always dreamed of.
Some teeth are awkwardly shaped because of damage, genetics, or previous tooth decay. Others have gaps or misaligned teeth that they want to cover up. Instead of going through tooth contouring and dental bonding, you can cover them up with ease.
One of the most common cosmetic complaints is tooth discoloration. While teeth whitening treatments will improve discoloration, they only last for 6 months to 3 years and you have to avoid staining food and drinks. Not only can veneers create a permanently white smile, but they’re also stain-resistant.
Veneers are a Lifelong commitment.
No, getting veneers is only a temporary procedure but they do last for up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. While veneers are temporary and require continual replacement, the alteration to your natural tooth enamel is permanent and will always need to be covered.
Veneers are mostly made from porcelain, an extremely durable ceramic that closely resembles the color of our teeth. Porcelain veneers are also versatile, resistant to stains, and can last over 20 years if you take good care of them. They’re also minimally invasive and, unlike crowns, don’t require significant removal of parts of the teeth.
Veneers can also be made of composite resin, a tooth-colored restorative material consisting of organic polymer resin matrix, fillers, and silane coupling augment. Simply put, composite resin veneers are a lighter, affordable alternative to porcelain veneers.
How long your veneers last depend on the veneer material, how well they’re installed, and how well you take care of them. At Refresh Valley Dental we use top-grade composite resin putty to bond the veneers to the enamel of your teeth creating a tight seal.
We then install a veneer that closely matches the color of your teeth before using a special light to cure and cement the veneers in place. This makes them stick and serve you longer. That being said, you might need to replace your veneers after a few years when they chip or break because of the pressure of daily use. You may also need replacement veneers when your gum starts to pull back.
Caring for your veneers is crucial to getting the most out of them. Proper veneer care includes brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing them at least once every day. Also, rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash twice daily to strengthen the enamel beneath the veneer. Doing so also removes plaque and residual food particles that may encourage the proliferation of cavity-causing bacteria.
At the same time, steer clear of sticky and gummy candy like toffee, caramel, and jelly beans. These not only invite cavity-causing bacteria but could also dislodge the teeth. Also, avoid hard foods like carrots and apples, especially the first few weeks after getting your veneers to avoid cracking or chipping and replacing them prematurely.
No, both porcelain and composite veneers are impervious to cavities. However, this doesn’t mean you should overlook proper oral hygiene and dental care. Remember, the teeth beneath your veneers are still prone to cavities and will get them if you don’t practice proper oral hygiene.
It’s worth noting that cavities are detrimental to your dental health and will eat away the enamel exposing sensitive nerve fibers and causing intense pain. Cavities could also shorten the lifespan of your veneers, forcing more frequent repairs that are costly in the long run. Remember to brush and also floss your teeth regularly to keep cavities a bay. You should also schedule dental checkups regularly to ensure your veneers are in great shape.
Porcelain is a stain-resistant material that is less likely to stain compared to your natural teeth and other restorations. However, they can become discolored over time if you consume a lot of staining foods and drinks and use tobacco products. Our Northampton dentists recommend that you avoid smoking and using tobacco products, and limit your consumption of staining foods and drinks.
Lumineers are a thinner and reversible alternative to veneers.