Your teeth do a lot for you every day. They help you to bite and chew your food. They help you to speak, allowing you to form certain words and sounds. They also provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. When your teeth are marred by imperfections, even small ones, your smile is greatly affected. At National Dental Melville, we can help to restore the beauty of your smile with veneers.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic solution to minor dental imperfections. They are thin shell-like restorations that cover the fronts of your visible teeth. Veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed before placement, which ensures that they fit properly in place. The total amount removed is much less than is removed for dental crowns.
Veneers are typically made from either composite resin or porcelain. Both are white, matching the color of natural enamel. However, composite resin is not nearly as strong as porcelain and is highly susceptible to damage. At National Dental, our veneers are made from porcelain. Porcelain is stronger than composite resin. Moreover, not only does it match the color of your natural enamel, but it also imitates its light reflecting properties.
Imperfections Veneers Can Fix
Veneers are used to fix a vast array of different minor dental imperfections:
- Small chips or cracks that only affect the enamel layer of your teeth.
- Teeth that are small or misshapen.
- Noticeable gaps between your teeth.
- Minor overlapping that does not affect your oral health.
- Discoloration that cannot be fixed, even with professional whitening. This type of discoloration is often found in the inner layer of your teeth, caused by dental trauma or certain medications.
How Are Veneers Placed?
The procedure for placing veneers typically takes two visits. During your first visit, we prepare your tooth. This involves removing just a small amount of enamel from the front surface of the affected teeth. Then, an impression of your teeth is taken. This impression is used by our lab to design and create your custom veneers. It can take up to two weeks for your veneers to be ready. Depending upon your specific needs, you may or may not need temporary veneers while you wait.
On your second visit, your veneers are placed. This involves the use of an acidic gel to create a rough texture on the surface of your teeth. The rough texture helps to create a stronger bond between your teeth and the veneers. The gel is washed off, and your teeth are cleaned and dried again. Finally, your veneers are set in place using a special dental cement. The result is a beautiful, natural, complete smile.
Taking Care of Your Veneers
Taking care of your porcelain veneers is no different from taking care of your natural teeth. They may not be able to get cavities, but they can still collect plaque and bacteria that can contribute to gum disease. They can also contribute to cavities in surrounding teeth, or at the edges of your veneers. You should brush and floss your teeth as normal. Regular dental visits are also essential for maintaining the health of your mouth. During your visit, we will clean your veneers and check their condition to ensure there is no damage. Avoid biting on anything too hard, and don’t use your teeth as tools. Your veneers can last upwards of 20 years or more with proper care.
If your teeth have small imperfections, veneers can help. Call National Dental Melville today at (631) 816-2277 to learn more.