If you are embarrassed because of decaying, blackened, chipped, or crooked teeth that do not match the rest of your smile, you may be a good candidate for dental veneers. Dental veneers offer a simpler and more conservative solution for stained and crooked teeth, as compared to dental crowns because they cover only the front of the damaged tooth.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front of stained and crooked teeth. They are intended to perfect your smile. Veneers are specifically used to help improve the size, shape, and color of your teeth, but can also help with issues related to spacing. Dental veneers are custom-made and are designed to match the color and shape of the rest of your teeth.

How are dental veneers placed?

To place a dental veneer, your tooth must first be prepared. To prepare a tooth, we will scrape away a very small amount of enamel. This will allow ample space for the veneer. After the enamel has been scraped, the veneer will be bonded with a permanent bonding solution.

How long do dental veneers last?

When properly cared for, dental veneers can last for about ten years. Care is simple, and involves keeping up with your normal oral care routine. As long as you are brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly, your veneers should last. While your veneers are strong and bonded to your teeth, they are not indestructible. Avoid chewing on non-food items, such as pens, when you have veneers. Also, avoid biting directly into foods that are extremely hard or sticky.

Will my veneers stain?

Because they are made of porcelain, your veneers should not stain. It is wise, however, to limit the amount of wine, coffee, and other staining agents that you are consuming throughout the day. These substances are bad for all of your teeth, not just ones with veneers, and can greatly contribute to discoloration. If you believe that a veneer is discolored and needs to be whitened, call us immediately. Veneers cannot be whitened like natural teeth.

If you are unhappy with your smile, it’s time to call us today to learn more about dental veneers. Dental veneers can help you fall in love with your smile and correct cosmetic issues with your teeth. To learn more or schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for veneers, call us today.

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