Whether it’s a chipped tooth, a discolored tooth, or a tooth slightly out of alignment, slight imperfections often cause people to feel discontent with their smiles. Here at The Landing Dental Spa, we offer a cosmetic treatment called veneers as a solution to help our patients feel confident when they smile. Continue reading to learn more about dental veneers and how long they last.
WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are thin coverings placed on the front of the teeth; they are only about one millimeter thick. Veneers look natural and can correct many dental problems like stained, chipped, or worn teeth.
There are two different types of veneers:
- Composite veneers, also called direct veneers
- Porcelain veneers, also called indirect veneers
Your dentist will discuss what type of veneers are best for your situation.
HOW ARE VENEERS APPLIED?
Composite veneers are usually applied in one appointment, while porcelain veneers take two dental visits. Here is what to expect during the process if you get porcelain veneers:
- Your dentist will grind down approximately half a millimeter of your tooth’s enamel to roughen the surface of your tooth so it can bond successfully with a veneer.
- Your dentist will make an impression of your tooth and send it away to make a permanent veneer, which takes about two weeks.
Although porcelain veneers are more costly, they are more stain-resistant and natural-looking than composite veneers. On the flip side, composite veneers are thinner, requiring less tooth surface to be removed before they are applied.
BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER VENEER APPLICATION
Before any veneers are applied, your dentist will have you make a preliminary appointment to take x-rays of your mouth. Once the impressions are taken and your veneers have arrived, your dentist will check the veneers’ color and fit. Then, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and roughened once again to provide excellent adhesion. Finally, the permanent veneers will be bonded to your tooth with cement and hardened with ultraviolet light. You should expect your dentist to request a follow-up appointment in the next few weeks to ensure the veneers are still in good shape and that everything is comfortable for you.
Once your veneers are applied, you’ll want to take care of them just as you would with your regular teeth. Make sure to brush twice daily, floss daily, and continue visiting your dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup. If you want to start on a good foot with your new teeth, you can practice and learn how to keep up your oral care by reading some or all of our resources below:
- How to Floss: A Step-by-Step Guide to Flossing Correctly
- 4 Reasons Why You Should Visit Your Dentist Regularly
- Teeth Brushing 101
HOW LONG DO DENTAL VENEERS LAST?
It’s important to remember that dental veneer procedures are not reversible; you cannot restore the tooth enamel previously shaved down. Once you commit to veneers, know that it is a life-long decision, and they will need to be replaced accordingly once their lifespan is up to continue to protect the outer tooth where the enamel is shaved away. Composite veneers usually last for around five to seven years, while porcelain veneers last for about ten or more years before they need to be replaced.
DENTAL VENEERS | THE LANDING DENTAL SPA
At The Landing Dental Spa, we understand the importance of a confident, beautiful smile. Many of us aren’t born with beautiful, white, perfect teeth, and that’s okay! Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes and can help if your tooth is intact but needs minor shape corrections and help lessen insecurities.
At The Landing Dental Spa, we accommodate all of our patients with full-service cosmetic and family dentistry. If you have any questions about whether veneers are right for you, our dental staff will help you find the best treatment option based on your oral care needs and goals. We can also discuss payment plans for veneers. If you would like to make an appointment with us, please call us at 304-594-2200 or use our online contact form.
We look forward to hearing from you!