If there’s one thing you should believe about your teeth it’s this: healthy is perfect. But sometimes, for some patients – healthy perfection just isn’t enough. They need perfection in every aspect. For those patients, the dental world has invented what we call porcelain dental veneers. Dental veneers are an incredibly effective and popular method of cosmetic dentistry that our dentists in Downey, California regularly provide for a large number of adult patients.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of ceramic that your dentist carefully attaches to the front surface of your teeth. The thing about veneers is that they’re different for every single patient, customized to make your teeth look the best that they can by mimicking the look, function, and feel of natural enamel.
The great thing about veneers is that they can “perfect” a wide range of cosmetic dental problems ranging from yellowing and staining to cracks, chips, gaps between your teeth, and even minor cases of misalignment.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
The way veneers work is pretty simple, first your dentist removes a very small amount of enamel from the front surface of your tooth. This is done so that the veneer will actually bond to the tooth surface. Once this is complete, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth, which is sent away so that the custom veneer can be designed to perfectly match your mouth. This typically means that you’ll need to schedule a return visit. On some occasions, your dentist might recommend a composite resin veneer – which can actually be sculpted in the office. But for most veneers, you’ll schedule a second appointment when the veneers will be carefully attached to your teeth using a special resin cement.
your dentist takes a mold (or impression) of the problematic teeth. That impression is sent out to a lab that designs the veneers. This can take several days and usually requires the patient to schedule a return visit. Alternatively, composite resin veneers can be sculpted in the office once a dentist reshapes and prepares the damaged teeth. All veneers are then bonded to teeth with resin cement.
Once the procedure is complete – your dental veneers will last (on average) between about 10 and 15 years. However, they are not indestructible, and the amount of time they last is largely dependent on how well you take care of them.