A dental veneer is a thin shell that is applied to one or more teeth as a way to improve the look of the tooth. The veneer is typically made of porcelain, which mimics the look of a natural tooth. Veneers can also be used to correct misalignment and other cosmetic issues. This cosmetic treatment allows you to correct a number of issues, including crooked teeth, discolored teeth, and uneven spacing between teeth.
What Benefits Do Veneers Offer?
- Veneers can correct a number of cosmetic flaws, including crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and staining.
- They can make your teeth look whiter and more uniform.
- There is no surgery involved in getting veneers, so you won’t have to worry about recovery times.
- Veneers are made from porcelain that is stain-resistant.
- They do not affect your speech, so you can continue to speak normally.
- They look very natural and are indistinguishable from your own enamel.
- They can last for many years with proper care
- You can eat and drink whatever you want without worry
Dental Veneers - Process
The process of getting veneers typically takes two to three visits. At your first visit, your dentist will clean your teeth and take X-rays to check the health of your teeth and gums. Then, the dentist removes a portion of the enamel from the tooth. This is done to make room for the veneer. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to a dental lab. The veneer will be customized to match the color of the surrounding teeth. This process usually takes one to two weeks to complete. Once the custom veneers are made, you’ll be able to schedule your second visit. Your dentist will check the fit of the veneers before permanently bonding them to your teeth.
If properly cared for, the dental veneers can last for an average of between five and 15 years. This time period can vary based on oral hygiene habits, so brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are important to keep them looking their best. Additionally, patients should make sure to attend their routine cleanings and exams with the dentist. This will help ensure no damage is done to the underlying teeth or the veneers themselves.
Call Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS, at (510) 783-1572 or schedule an online appointment to learn more about veneers. Email us at [email protected] to learn more about our services.