What are veneers?
Different types of veneers
The veneer application process
Getting veneers involves several steps:
- Consultation: Start with a talk with your dentist about your teeth and goals. They’ll explain the veneer options available.
- Planning: Work with your dentist to plan the treatment. This may include X-rays and impressions of your teeth.
- Tooth Prep: For porcelain veneers, a bit of enamel is removed from your teeth’s front to make space. Composite veneers need minimal to no prep.
- Veneer Making: Impressions of your teeth are taken to make custom veneers. Porcelain ones are crafted in a lab, while composite ones are shaped by your dentist.
- Temporary Veneers: While waiting for permanent veneers, temporary ones may protect your teeth and show you a preview of your new smile.
- Veneer Placement: When your custom veneers are ready, your dentist replaces temporary ones (if used) and bonds the new veneers using special cement and a curing light.
- Final Touches: Your dentist makes final adjustments for a comfortable bite and proper alignment. The veneers get polished for a smooth, natural look.
Follow your dentist’s care instructions, especially if you have temporary veneers. The end result is a transformed smile enhancing your teeth’s appearance.
How long do veneers last?
The lifespan of veneers depends on oral care, habits, and material. Porcelain veneers last 10-15+ years with good care, while composite veneers, less durable, typically last 5-7 years. To prolong veneer life, maintain oral hygiene through daily brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. Avoid biting hard objects to prevent damage. Dentists can replace or repair damaged veneers during follow-ups, ensuring ongoing care and swift issue resolution.