How Do Dental Veneers Work

How Do Dental Veneers Work?

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If you are apprehensive about smiling or struggle with self-confidence due to the appearance of your teeth, dental veneers can help. 

With a simple procedure, your cosmetic dental imperfections will be hidden, leaving you with a stunning smile you can feel good about. 

How do dental veneers work? Let’s talk about it. 

What Are Dental Veneers? 

Dental veneers are thin shells of material that are placed on the front, outward-facing side of the teeth. They are used as a cosmetic treatment to correct imperfections, such as:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Discolorations 
  • Chipped teeth
  • Uneven teeth

The procedure for getting dental veneers involves taking an impression and designing a shell that matches beautifully in color, size, shape, and so on. The idea, after all, is to create a completely natural look. 

A very thin layer of enamel will be removed and the shell will be cemented onto the tooth using a strong bonding material. 

This procedure can be done right in your dentist’s office. 

Types of Veneers

It is important to note that not all dental veneers are created equal. There are three types to choose from —  porcelain, composite, and instant. 

Porcelain veneers are the cream of the crop. They are the most durable and the longest-lasting option. And they look completely natural, too. Custom-designed, porcelain veneers are made to match your teeth in size, color, shape, and fit. 

Composite veneers are another great option using composite resin. These veneers are less costly without giving up great cosmetic results. But they do have a shorter lifespan. While they, too, are customized to blend in beautifully with your other teeth, it is important to note that this material is susceptible to staining. 

Instant veneers are available as a quick fix with no customizations, but they are not recommended by dentists due to their lack of quality, appearance, and strength. 

How Long Dental Veneers Last

How long your dental veneers will last will depend on the type of veneers you choose — and how well you care for them. 

You can expect porcelain veneers to last between 10 and 15 years whereas composite resin veneers typically last between 5 to 10 years. However, the greater amount of care you show them, the longer they will last. 

Brush and floss routinely, don’t grind your teeth, and avoid biting down on hard foods. Regular visits to the dentist can ensure that they remain in good shape. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do veneers ruin your teeth?

No, dental veneers do not ruin your teeth. The thin layer of enamel removed before placing the veneers is not enough to cause any damage at all. 

How much do veneers cost? 

The cost of veneers will vary greatly depending on a few different factors, such as the type of veneer you choose, how many you are getting, your specific dentist, and whether or not anything else needs to be addressed before placing it. To get an idea of how much your veneers will cost, book an appointment with your dentist. 

Learn More About Dental Veneers

At Kalmar Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of having a smile you feel good about. And for many patients, dental veneers are the perfect option. 

If you want to learn more about dental veneers or you want to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure, contact us today at 631-673-0670