Your front teeth are responsible for so much. Between carrying out daily tasks like biting and chewing, and representing the visible part of your smile, they act as both a functional and aesthetic tool.
And sometimes, those tools aren’t working the way you’d like.
It’s common for teeth to become chipped, worn or stained. Alternately, many patients are born with crooked front teeth or wide spaces between their teeth. Whether your smile has changed or you haven’t been able to pursue cosmetic dental work in the past, veneers could help.
What can dental veneers change about my smile?
- Permanently whiten teeth – If your tooth is discolored after a root canal, or has intrinsic stains formed during development, a veneer is an excellent option for long-term whitening.
- Rebuild worn teeth – Chronic grinding can lead to enamel erosion, which prematurely ages your smile. Veneers help add new length and rebuild your front teeth.
- Repair chipped or broken teeth – Small to medium chips can be neatly covered by veneers.
- Improve symmetry – If you have crooked front teeth but a well-aligned bite, veneers allow for immediate orthodontics.
- Close gaps between teeth – Whether your teeth have always had spaces between them, or they have shifted as you age, veneers will help create a full smile.
- Improve symmetry – We all want perfect smiles. Veneers can be used to make subtle adjustments that lead to a natural-looking but tailored grin, with symmetrical features.
What is the veneer procedure like?
Veneers are typically placed over the course of two appointments.
- First appointment – Teeth are prepared so that veneers will fit over them. Impressions of the teeth are taken so that the models can be sent to a dental lab. At the lab, the veneers are fabricated. The patient then wears temporary veneers until their next appointment. This allows them to smile and speak normally with no self-consciousness.
- Second appointment – The veneers return from the lab and your dentist applies them to your teeth. They are cemented in place and your new smile is complete.
How long do veneers last?
The longevity of the veneers depends on many different factors. Your daily habits, your oral hygiene, whether or not you grind your teeth, all dictate just how long porcelain veneers last. The typical lifespan can be anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Make sure that you treat your veneers with care, never use your teeth and tools, and wear a night guard if you have a problem with grinding – this will help your veneers stay in place for years to come.
Am I a good candidate for veneers?
If you’re interested in achieving any of the changes listed above, or if you have sensitive front teeth that you would like to strengthen, veneers could be an excellent fit. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Phillippi to learn more about what could be in store for your smile.