Dental Veneers: The Process, Benefits And Care

Dental veneers are a very thin piece of porcelain that are bonded to your existing teeth using a dental cement. They are custom made to match the color and shape of your existing teeth so they look more natural. The veneers help give you a beautiful smile, which can improve your self confidence. See below for some information about dental veneers including the process, the benefits and how to care for them.

Dental Veneers Process

You will need to go to the dentist for a few different appointments, which can take some time.

  1. First, you'll have a consultation to be sure you are a candidate for veneers.
  2. Then you'll go back to have a small portion of your tooth enamel removed on the teeth that will have the veneers attached to them.
  3. Next, you'll have impressions made of the teeth that are going to have veneers. The veneers will be custom made based on the impressions.
  4. Your teeth will be etched and polished before the veneers are attached to your teeth.
  5. The veneers are attached to your teeth, but not yet cemented. They will be tested to be sure you like the way they fit and look.
  6. Finally, any adjustments or changes are made and the veneers are cemented to your existing teeth.

Benefits Of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are very beneficial, as they can change the look of your teeth without surgery, without pulling out your existing teeth and can look very natural. Veneers are stain resistant, they won't irritate your gums (as dentures can), are long-lasting (can last as long as 20 years) and do not require much special care. Veneers will not move while eating or drinking, and do not need to be removed as with dentures.

Caring For Your Veneers

Veneers do not need much special care. You care for them as you would your natural teeth. Be sure to brush twice daily for two minutes with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, floss daily to remove plaque in between teeth, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, and to be sure your veneers are still in good shape. 

Dental veneers can improve the look of your teeth, whether you have tooth gaps, cracked or broken teeth, stained teeth, or misaligned teeth. Dental veneers may be the best option for you to give you a straight and whiter smile. Talk to your dentist about getting veneers to improve your smile.