A veneer is a shell-like casing that covers the outer surface of a tooth. Often times it is a cosmetic procedure, but veneers are also useful for protecting a tooth surface against further damage.

Veneers are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after dental treatments. Why? Because there are no downsides to having the perfect smile.

Speaking of the perfect smile, our team of specialists at Pearl Dental are committed to helping our patients smile bigger and brighter than ever before.

When Would You Need Veneers?

There are a lot of mixed opinions on veneers: some people believe their use is limited to cosmetics, while others believe that veneers have a greater role in enhancing a tooth’s form and functionality. While a veneer does enhance a person’s smile, it can also protect a tooth surface.

Dentists recommend veneers to:

  • People with gaps between their teeth
  • People with fluorosis
  • People with stained teeth
  • People with weakened enamel
  • People with damaged enamel

How Long Does A Veneer Last?

An important thing about the longevity of any dental treatment would be: it’ll only last as long as you’re willing to let it. That is, if you don’t take care of your oral health and hygiene, any restorative or cosmetic procedure would inevitably fail. This is especially true for veneers considering the fact that typically, minimal amounts of tooth structure are reduced from the surface of a tooth for it to receive a veneer.

The two most common materials for veneer fabrication are composite and porcelain. Composite veneers have less longevity than porcelain veneers, and are often interim solutions. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, can last up to a lifetime if taken good care of.

What To Expect When Getting A Veneer?

A veneer is a wafer-thin, shell-like restoration that covers the external surface of a tooth. They are placed on the outer surfaces of your teeth – the parts that are visible when a person smiles. They enhance smiles because of their uniform appearance and shade and typically fill gaps between teeth, support weakened or damaged enamel, and align malposed teeth.

What should you expect when your dentist suggests getting a veneer? Firstly, the treatment can either take one visit or two – depending upon the material. Composite veneers are typically fabricated on the same day, but do not last as long, whereas porcelain veneers take at least two appointments.

Dependent on your individual situation, your dentist may or may not have to reduce any tooth structure at all to receive the veneer. The dentist will measure your tooth surface, dimensions and shade to give the lab specific instructions for a custom veneer. During the second visit, the dentist will cement the veneer onto the corresponding tooth surface.

  • Avoid eating hard foodstuffs
  • Avoid chewing too forcefully
  • Take great care of your teeth; brush, floss, and rinse every day

For more information on veneers, what are they, when to get them, and how they work, contact Pearl Dental.

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