What You Should Know About Dental Veneers

Posted on: 29 May 2015

Dental veneers are becoming more and more popular.  This is because the procedure is becoming more affordable and the quality of the products is increasing. If you have ever noticed that a popular movie star who once had a crooked smile or discolored teeth and quickly had both a perfect smile and teeth, this is generally the result of having received dental veneers:

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are small thin porcelain caps that are shaped specifically to your teeth and applied with a bonding agent or adhesive. This not only allows them to be shaped perfectly for your mouth, but aligned perfectly with each other creating a perfect smile and teeth alignment where there used to be misaligned teeth, and possibly damaged or discolored teeth.

The new veneers use a very thin layer of porcelain and involve very little filing down of your original tooth.  Previously, veneers involved the loss of much of your original teeth, making the option sound unappealing to most people.

You are able to choose the color of the porcelain that is used for your veneers, so that your teeth are the exact shade of white that you want. Unlike your natural teeth, porcelain will not discolor as quickly or as much, leading to a longer lasting glistening smile. Previous veneers looked fake because the porcelain mixes were not able to mimic natural shades of white and many of the veneers ended up being too bright or too gray in color.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

The porcelain that is used to make dental veneers is very thin and is similar to the porcelain used to make dishes. It is similar in consistency to those dishes in that it can chip or shatter. If you are not very hard on your teeth, dental veneers can last over twenty years. 

If you are hard on your teeth, you are prone to grinding them at night, and you chew a lot of difficult to eat foods, sometimes they may chip, crack, or come off in one piece sooner than that.  In most cases of a veneer chipping or coming off it can be repaired or reapplied.  In the cases of cracking, sometimes you will need that veneer to be repaired. You can expect to keep your veneers then anywhere from approximately ten to twenty years, depending on your teeth.

The cost of veneers has decreased so that not just celebrities can afford them, but everyday people who want perfect teeth and smiles. Veneers are a great way to make permanent and lasting cosmetic improvements to your smile. You can also pick what color your teeth will be from now on. Just remember that there will be a cost to maintain them and fix them as the years go by and they need to be replaced.

To learn more, contact a company like Oral Surgery Center with any questions you have.