Dental veneers are used to treat discolored, chipped, broken or smaller-than-average teeth and are attached to the front surface of the teeth. Dental veneers, a cosmetic procedure, are made from porcelain or resin composite material that will bond permanently to your teeth. While some people get a single veneer to fix a chipped or cracked tooth, others are known to get six to eight to give an even and symmetrical smile, with the top eight teeth being the most common. If you are considering veneers, Stansell Dentistry Associates is here to help you.
What Are the Different Types of Veneers?
The most common veneer is made out of porcelain since it gives the best illusion of a radiant smile. It is important to not mistake veneers for crowns or implants, which replace the entire tooth. Veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth, leaving the root and actual tooth intact.
Traditional veneers do require more intensive prep work compared to other methods. Our team will have to grind down each tooth structure, removing even some of your enamel, to get a proper fit for the veneers. You will have to undergo a local aesthetic, as the process is often painful for most people otherwise. Traditional veneers are irreversible, so it will be something you have to ensure you are fine with permanently. Traditional veneers last, on average, ten to fifteen years before they must be replaced.
The other type of veneers is considered no-prep. No-prep veneers, despite their name, do require some tooth preparation and alteration. However, this is only minimal and affects only the enamel of the tooth. Most people do not require local anesthetics for no-prep veneers, making them virtually painless. No-prep veneers will last five to seven years before they have to be replaced.
What Are the Benefits of Veneers?
Most people who consider veneers find the biggest benefit is the overall appearance. It is known to give you a brighter and more even smile. If you suffer from a broken or chipped tooth, this is one of the best solutions to give you the most natural look. However, you may be unsatisfied with just getting one or two, as it can sometimes be slighter brighter than the surrounding teeth. People with severe discoloration that cannot be fixed with whitening products gravitate toward veneers. If you have smaller teeth, gaps, or unusually sharp teeth, veneers can be a good replacement for those dental issues as well.
After getting your veneers fitted, you won’t have to undergo a long recovery process as with other dental procedures. Once you leave the office and the anesthetic wears off, you can resume your normal daily activity. This includes eating and drinking as you normally would. Veneers can feel slightly rough after they are first applied due to the cement placed on your teeth. This usually fades away in about a week or two, after normal wear and tear from eating and brushing your teeth. If it does not fade away after a few weeks, you may have to plan another visit to your dentist so they can smooth them out.
If you are looking for veneers, contact Stansell Dentistry Associates at 984-477-0177 to schedule a preliminary exam to see if you are a candidate.