Few things are more beautiful than a perfect smile. Damaged teeth, discolored teeth, or gaps can alter the look of one’s smile. Patients can have several different treatments for these, or they can consider veneers. Gairhan Dental Care offers veneers to its patients in and around the Jonesboro, Arkansas, area. Let us fill you in on all the details!
What Are Veneers?
So what exactly are veneers? A veneer is a thin, hard shell that is placed over the tooth to improve the look. They can restore the appearance of the tooth’s shape that may be damaged by wear, cracks, or chips. They can also repair the appearance of teeth that are discolored or are smaller than average and create a gap.
Direct veneers are made of porcelain, which is stain-resistant and has a surface that more closely matches the normal surface of a healthy tooth. This gives them a more natural look. It also means you can still enjoy your coffee without being worried about discoloration, as long as you practice good oral hygiene habits and brush often and properly.
Indirect veneers are made of resin instead of porcelain. They are slightly thinner, so buffing the tooth isn’t necessary. Indirect veneers are considered temporary. As such, they only last 5-6 years before you need to replace them. That makes them less cost-effective in the long run.
Because of their durability and advantages over temporary resin veneers, we use porcelain veneers in our cosmetic dentistry.
Placement of Veneers
The placement of veneers is a detailed process that will require more than one office visit. Usually, we can place them in 2-3 visits.
The key to placing veneers is making sure there is enough room on the front of the tooth for the veneer to fit. That way, the veneers line up correctly and look more natural on your teeth.
To accomplish this, we buff down some of the enamel on the front of your tooth, then apply the cement and place the veneer. Because we buff down the tooth, our veneers are permanent. Veneers that are damaged or discolored can be removed, but they must be replaced or a cap must be placed on the tooth instead.
Once we’re finished, your mouth may be a little tender for a day or two. Stick with the soft foods at first; then, you should be good to go. You can show off that beautiful new smile!
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Once the veneers are in place, how long will they stay there?
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last for 10-15 years or longer.
Because they are bonded to the teeth after the teeth are buffed, they are considered permanent. You will need to replace them eventually because they may wear out or become damaged or discolored. But with proper care, that shouldn’t happen for several years.
How Do I Care for Veneers?
For the most part, you care for veneers just as you would your regular teeth. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Veneers are stain-resistant, so a cup of coffee a day shouldn’t be much trouble, but if you drink black coffee in excess daily, you might consider brushing after that second or third cup.
While veneers are durable, they can be damaged. Avoid chewing on hard objects such as pencils or pens, your nails or ice, because they can chip or damage the veneers. Teeth grinding can also damage them, so these may not be best for you if you have a habit of grinding your teeth in your sleep.
We Make a Difference
At Gairhan Dental Care, we offer veneers as part of our cosmetic dentistry services, because we believe a beautiful smile can boost your self-esteem. Our services also include dental implants, teeth whitening, and filling in gaps from broken or missing teeth. Our goal is to grow your self-confidence by creating that perfect smile. Veneers are one of several solutions available to make that happen. Let us guide you to the smile of your dreams. If you need more information about veneers, we’ve answered a few common questions on our website.
You can also schedule an appointment for a free consultation, so you can see if veneers are right for you or if another procedure would be better.
We are happy to guide you to your perfect smile!