Article at a Glance
- Dental veneers are custom-made from porcelain or resin composite and then adhered to the surface of your teeth to alter their appearance.
- Though veneers are usually a permanent solution, there are temporary and even removable options.
- Veneers can be a quicker, easier solution than orthodontics for getting the smile of your dreams.
- Caring for dental veneers is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Follow good oral care habits and see your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Are you annoyed by a small gap between your teeth? Do you have slightly crooked teeth but don’t want to deal with orthodontics? Consider a simpler alternative. Many people are opting to use dental veneers for crooked teeth instead of braces, which can take months to close gaps and straighten teeth.
What Are Veneers?
Usually made of porcelain or resin composite, dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are adhered to the surface of your tooth or teeth to alter their appearance. Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant and mimic natural teeth better than resin veneers, but they are also more expensive. While veneers aren’t the solution for everybody, like those with tooth decay or bruxism, there are many issues that can be corrected.
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps in your teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Slight imperfections in your teeth
There are many benefits of veneers because they look like natural teeth but are more stain resistant. Veneers are a more conservative way to alter the color and shape of teeth instead of resorting to crowns.
Removable Veneers Vs. Permanent Veneers
Usually, veneers are a permanent solution to minor imperfections in your smile, but there are temporary and even removable options for people who aren’t quite ready to make the commitment. Understanding the differences and limitations will help you make an educated decision when discussing your options with your dentist.
Permanent veneers are the most common option for people seeking to correct their smile. They are more conservative than crowns and still look like natural teeth. Permanent veneers are very strong, rarely come off of the teeth, and are custom made for you.
Temporary veneers are less expensive options. While still bonded to your teeth, they are meant to be a temporary fix. They are made from resin and are more limited in shapes and colors than the permanent veneers.
If you’re really not ready to commit to dental veneers, consider removable veneers that snap on like a mouthguard. They will give you the look and feel of veneers. You can see how your smile could be corrected, but you can pop them out and set them aside.
Veneers as a Fix for Orthodontic Issues
When you see a movie star with a straight, bright white smile, it’s hard not to wonder if they are veneers. Knowing that veneers can cover missing teeth or fill gaps makes sense, but what about veneers for crooked teeth? Typically, crooked teeth means braces, but it doesn’t have to.
Instead of a mouth of metal or remembering to replace your Invisalign tray every week, why not opt for dental veneers that can be handled quickly and easily in your dentist’s office? Veneers can cost several hundred dollars or more per tooth, but you see results in a few visits. Meanwhile, braces cost several thousand dollars and can take months to see the results. While veneers won’t correct bite issues, they can cover crooked, misaligned, or missing teeth.
Caring for Veneers
Veneers can last between 7 and 15 years before they need to be replaced. While they don’t require any additional care, you need to follow good oral care routine including brushing and flossing daily and regular check-ups with your dentist. Remember that like your natural teeth, veneers can be stained by foods and drinks, like coffee or wine.
Dental Veneers at Jefferson Dental Care
If you’re considering improving your smile, Jefferson Dental Care offers affordable dental veneers. Whether you’re looking for porcelain or composite veneers, Jefferson Dental Care can accommodate you with a simple, three-step process.
- The initial consultation will involve impressions or x-rays to determine the perfect fit for your custom veneers.
- Then, your teeth will be prepared for the veneers to be attached and an additional impression will be taken once this is complete. This impression will be sent to the lab and the veneers created.
- Your final step will involve the bonding of your new veneers to your natural teeth using a light-sensitive resin.
Ready to get the smile of your dreams? Contact the Jefferson Dental Care clinic nearest you to make an appointment.
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