Veneers are a solution if you have cracked, crooked, damaged, or stained teeth. Often, dentists use a variety of restoration procedures for such kinds of issues. Veneers are an option when cracks and damages are too extensive to require dental crowns. Usually, dental crowns cover the entire tooth, but veneers cover the front surfaces. Our dentist at The OC Smiles Family Dental can also use veneers when stains cannot be resolved through whitening procedures. The thin shells mask the stains, giving you whiter teeth you can confidently show off.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers feature thin shells or moldings customized to provide coverage for front teeth. Our dentist bonds each veneer onto a tooth, creating a great-looking smile. Dental veneers are quite versatile in that they resolve any issues. From gaps in between teeth, or stains, to misshapen teeth, veneers can offer solutions. People love the dramatic, yet instantaneous transformation offered by veneers to their smiles. Veneers are crafted from porcelain or resin material. A dentist may choose porcelain over resin because it appears more superior in terms of strength and stain resistance. However, both materials blend with the existing color of the teeth.
Veneers Installation Procedure
We prepare the tooth for veneers, a process that involves shaving down the enamel. This allows room for precise and correct fitting of the veneers. We then obtain an impression to get a model for making the restorations. We can use a 3D scanner to get the digital impressions. The molds of the teeth allow us to custom-make the pieces. This way, you have veneers that ensure a comfortable fit. We also match the veneers with the shade of the surrounding teeth.
Our dentist provides temporary veneers after filing down the affected tooth. This way, you can have the prepped tooth protected while waiting for the next appointment. You will come back after seven to 10 days to receive your final veneer. Our dentist takes away the previously placed temporary veneers and fits the new, final one. Adjustments are done and then the restoration is permanently affixed to the tooth.
Benefits of Veneers
When placing veneers, a dentist only does minimal filing-down of the enamel. This way, much of the natural tooth remains preserved. This is crucial because it does not expose the internal parts of the tooth. Additionally, veneers look natural, meaning that people may not realize you have the restorations.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The lifespan of veneers depends on the material used as well as how you care for the restorations. Porcelain veneers are superior to resin. They last longer, often for up to 20 years or more. Composite veneers, on the other hand, last between seven to 10 years. The longevity of veneers tends to be excellent if they are cemented entirely to the enamel.
Although porcelain veneers can resist stains as well as chipping, you need to maintain them carefully. Ensure you floss daily and brush twice a day. It is essential you see your dentist at least two times a year for prophylactic cleanings, an inspection of the veneers, and an examination of the mouth for any potential issues like decay, gum tissue infection, or cavities.
Visit The OC Smiles Family Dental to get started with veneer installation. Call (971) 447-0093 to set up an appointment.
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