If you’re looking for a way to improve your smile, you might be considering dental veneers. But you might still have some questions.
We’ve put together a comprehensive frequently asked questions guide on all things veneers. Keep reading to learn more.
What Are Dental Veneers?
“Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance,” according to Healthline.
What Are Veneers Made out Of?
Porcelain and composite bonding are the most common materials used for veneers. Composite veneers are made of resin that is shaped and bonded to the tooth. Porcelain is made in a lab and is more resistant to staining, making it the more popular choice.
Are There Any Food Restrictions?
With properly fitted veneers, there should be no food restrictions unless your dentist tells you otherwise. If any, your dentist may recommend eating soft foods for the first week after the procedure. You may also try to avoid hard candy, caramels, chewing ice, popcorn, and hard nuts and seeds.
How Do I Care for My Veneers?
You will care for your veneers as you do with your natural teeth. A good dental hygiene routine such as brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist every six months will ensure that your veneers stay in tip-top shape.
Who Should and Shouldn’t Consider Dental Veneers?
Someone with stained chipped or crooked teeth may want to consider veneers as they are a great way to get a perfect smile. However, someone with tooth decay should not consider veneers to cover up the damage, but instead, should have all the decay removed then see if veneers are a possible solution. Additionally, someone that grinds their teeth may not be the optimal candidate for veneers. If you tend to grind your teeth and are still interested in tooth prosthetics, your dentist will likely recommend sleeping with a nightguard.
What Is the Dental Veneer Procedure Like?
For traditional veneers, it’s a multi-step process. You will first start with a consultation appointment where you’ll talk about how your smile looks, and then the dentist will get all the information and prep work needed. Your dentist may take x-rays and impressions of your teeth at this stage in the process.
The next appointment is when your dentist will prepare the tooth for a veneer by filing off some of the structure of your teeth to allow room for the veneer. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to make this as comfortable of a procedure as possible. Once the tooth is ready, a temporary veneer is worn until the next appointment, when the final veneer bonds to the tooth.
Do Veneers Stain?
Porcelain or resin will not stain as our natural teeth do. Since natural teeth are a porous surface, they are much more susceptible to staining, but the materials used for veneers are solid, so they are less likely to stain for years to come.
If you have natural teeth that become discolored and no longer match your veneers, speak with your dentist about choosing a professional whitening procedure or program.
Are Dental Veneers Permanent?
Veneers are not permanent, although they can last anywhere from 10-20 years with proper care. It is important to note that the procedure is not reversible because your natural teeth have less enamel and cannot function properly without a veneer.
Choose Oak Hills Dentistry
At Oak Hills Dentistry, we provide dental veneers and many other cosmetic procedures that will give you a smile you’ve always wanted. We specialize in family and cosmetic dentistry, so we’re a one-stop-shop for all your dental needs! Learn more about our services on our website and book your appointment with one of our dentists today!
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