April 22, 2021

What is dental veneers treatment

What is Dental Veneers Treatment?

Your smile is an important part of how you see yourself. In many circumstances, problem or missing teeth can affect your confidence level. This can start at a young age or become a problem as you grow older or experience trauma to your teeth. Gum disease or accidents that involve the teeth can leave you with uneven or chipped teeth that cause you to hide your smile. Additionally, coffee, tea, and other foods can stain your teeth and leave you feeling the need to make a change. Dental veneers are one way to get that beautiful smile you are wanting. 

How Do Veneers Work? 

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made fixtures that are adhered to the surface of an existing tooth. They are permanent, so it is wise to understand how they work before making a decision. Veneers are very stain resistant and will cover up many issues with your teeth. Some things to consider: 

  • As the dentist will remove the top layer of enamel from the teeth that will be getting the veneers, you cannot change your mind, particularly with porcelain veneers. 
  • Although veneers are a permanent solution, they will need replacing about every 5-20 years.
  • There are many shades of white and the last thing you want is for your smile to look unnatural. Your dentist will work with you to find a nice, realistic white for your dental veneers.
  • Most veneers are not covered by insurance and the cost can be prohibitive. Your dentist will give you an estimate on the cost.

Different Types of Veneers

There are two different types of material that veneers are made of: porcelain and resin-based composite. Each of these has certain advantages and disadvantages, but both are capable of transforming your smile. 

Porcelain Veneers

Of the two choices, porcelains are definitely the more expensive alternative. The good news is they last much longer, sometimes 3-4 times longer. Porcelain veneers will not stain, break or chip easily. These veneers are very natural looking and have a more toothlike appearance. Besides the cost, the drawback is that it does require more tooth enamel removal, and it will most likely require 3-4 visits to your dentist to complete the process. 

Resin-Based Composite Veneers

For a less expensive choice, resin-based composite veneers are a quick turnaround in usually one visit to the dentist. You will pay less for resin-based composite veneers, but they will only last around 5 years. Over time, the savings you get by buying these type of veneers may be canceled out as you have to replace them so often. Resin is just as easily stained as natural teeth and is more likely to crack, chip, or break off entirely, although a simple fix compared to porcelain veneers.

Extent of Veneers

When it comes to dental veneers, your dentist can help you figure out the best course of action. Veneers, unlike a crown, are typically used only for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are used to protect a degrading tooth while veneers are for hiding problem teeth. Because the purpose is cosmetic, there are partial and full veneers. 

Full Veneers

Patients with gaps or severely stained teeth will request full veneers. Often this is a patient who has tried other methods to fix their smile to no avail. Veneers are an excellent solution to get that perfect smile.

Partial Veneers

For a patient with just one tooth or a portion of a tooth that is damaged or unattractive, partial veneers are the answer. 

The Procedure Explained Step-by-Step

It is always helpful to know what to expect when trying something new. The procedure for veneers varies according to your choice of treatment. Porcelain veneers take the longest at 2-4 weeks while resin-based composite veneers are usually done in 1-2 visits.

  • The initial consultation will include an exam and discussion of the right option for you. Additionally, the dentist will write up a treatment plan with an estimate of the costs and discuss financing.
  • On your next visit, the enamel will need to be removed to make room for your new veneers. With porcelain veneers, the amount of removal varies from 3%-30%. For resin-based composite veneers, he/she may not need to remove any enamel or just a small amount. Enamel removal is not painful, but you could ask for sedation if you are nervous.
  • If you are getting porcelain veneers, after the removal is done, you will be fitted for temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your permanent veneers are ready. For composite veneers, the dentist will add several layers of the material to your teeth in the second visit, and you will go home with the finished product.
  • Porcelain veneers require a 3rd visit to remove the temporary set and replace it with the permanent one. This is done by applying a special dental cement but only after it is determined that the veneers fit correctly and don't need adjustments.

If you are interested in veneers, or any other type of dental services, Taylorview Dental is here to help! We offer routine care, implants, cosmetic and necessary treatments, and oral surgery. Our trained, professional staff is ready to serve you.