Veneers are a simple yet permanent solution to wanting a nicer set of pearly whites. They are used to protect your teeth and to restore their appearance, leaving you with a brighter, stronger, more confident smile. Let Lincoln Smiles help you achieve that desired look and feeling with veneers.
Are Veneers Right for Me?
If you have chipped, worn, or otherwise misshapen or damaged teeth, teeth that are severely stained and won’t respond to whitening treatments, gaps between your teeth, or teeth that are uneven in length, veneers might be right for you.
Ideal veneer candidates have healthy teeth and gums free of disease and decay. If your oral health is not at the optimum level to receive veneers, we can develop a treatment plan to get you on the right track. It is important to note, however, that veneers require the same level of care as natural teeth. Adopting good oral hygiene habits is crucial not only for developing the healthy teeth and gums needed to receive veneers, but committing to proper mouth care long-term will go a long way in preserving them.
A few drawbacks of veneers are that they are considered cosmetic and therefore are often not covered by dental insurance. Additionally, veneers cannot be undone. The process alters your teeth, requiring you to continue wearing them for life and to replace them as needed.
Types of Veneers
Two types of veneers, porcelain and composite resin, each come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Both types serve the same general purpose and have similarities, but at the same time they are quite different in many ways. Life span, makeup, cost, and placement procedure are all examples of ways in which porcelain and composite resin veneers differ from each other.
Porcelain veneers are thin, ceramic shells custom-made to fit your tooth. Composite resin veneers, on the other hand, are made of a tooth colored material similar to that of a filling. The porcelain type is more costly than those made of composite resin, but porcelain veneers tend to be stronger and last longer than the composite resin type; they are also more expensive and more difficult to replace. However, the more expensive option is much less likely to stain from consuming things like coffee, tea, and red wine.
Both porcelain and composite resin veneers require the removal of less enamel than do caps or crowns. In fact, while the amount of enamel to be removed with either type of veneer varies depending on your personal needs, the composite resin option results in less enamel loss than the porcelain type and often doesn’t require the removal of any enamel at all. This is beneficial in that teeth are often more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks with less enamel.
While either type’s color can be adjusted to match the shade of your smile and both can be made to look appealing, the porcelain veneers produce a more natural looking tooth surface.
What Can I Expect from Veneer Placement?
The veneer placement procedure depends on the type of veneer we are using, although the first step in both cases is to file and shape the tooth to ensure the veneer fits on it without adding bulk to the smile. This is for both comfort and appearance purposes.
With composite resin veneers, the next step is to apply the filling material to the tooth, sculpting and shaping it to the natural tooth. Then we use a light to bond and harden it, and finally smooth and polish it to look natural. This process can generally be completed in one visit.
Porcelain veneers require a bit more than the composite resin type. When using porcelain veneers, the first visit will consist of the previously mentioned prep work, then we will take an impression of the area to be worked on. The impression will be used to create the veneers, and we will place and bond them to the teeth at a following appointment. Finally, we will clean your teeth.
Veneers can last anywhere from 5-7 years if made of composite resin, and up to 20 years or more when porcelain is chosen. Importantly, how well you care for them will largely determine their life span. Don’t bite your nails or open anything with your teeth, and avoid chewing on hard things like ice and hard candy. Also, maintain healthy oral hygiene habits like bushing twice a day and flossing daily, attend regular dental exams, and contact us right away if something feels off. These are a few things you can do and not do in order to help extend the life of your beautiful new smile.
If veneers sound like something that might work for you, we want to help. Call Lincoln Smiles at 916-543-8800 today to schedule an appointment.