What does the procedure involve?
Our dentists will ensure your teeth are healthy and free from large fillings or other signs of disease before veneers can be applied.
If a porcelain veneer is chosen, a small amount of enamel may need to be removed from the front surface of the tooth and then a dental impression will be taken so your veneers can be custom manufactured to achieve a perfect fit.
Your veneers will then be bonded to the front surface of your teeth and the shade can be adjusted with dental cement, polishing and teeth whitening treatments. Ongoing professional and at-home dental care will ensure your new veneers last for several years.
If a composite veneer is selected, the veneer will be constructed directly on your teeth using materials that are set hard on the tooth. The procedure will be completed in one visit and you will be eating normally right away.
How to care for your veneers
You should care for your veneers like your natural teeth — this means proper daily hygiene and care. Here are some basic tips for caring for your veneers.
- Use a soft toothbrush. Your veneers are held in place using a special bonding agent (often called cement). The week following getting veneers, we recommend avoiding hard foods and drinks that are too hot or cold to prevent dislodging or moving the veneers by accident. During this period, we recommend using a soft toothbrush — you may choose to continue using a soft toothbrush after the initial veneer placement.
- Continue your usual dental hygiene habits. Continue to brush your teeth two to three times a day, floss at least once a day and use mouthwash to clean any bacteria out of your mouth. We also recommend booking in for a check-up appointment with your dentist biannually to review the health of your teeth and the condition of your veneers.
- Avoid food and drinks that stain your teeth. For the most part, veneers are for cosmetic purposes, so it’s important to keep them in good condition. With this in mind, we recommend eliminating foods and drinks that cause stains e.g. tea, coffee and red wine. You should also cut down on cigarettes or quit altogether.
- Avoid grinding your teeth. Excessive pressure from grinding your teeth (mainly while sleeping or in stressful situations) can cause your veneers to chip. If you struggle to control teeth grinding, you may want to ask your dentist about a protective mouthguard for sleeping.
FAQs about dental veneers in Lake Haven
Are there different kinds of veneers?
Yes, there are porcelain and composite veneers available. Composite veneers are made from a composite resin material that is shaped and bonded to the tooth. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are made in a lab and are more resistant to staining.
If you’re unsure which material is right for you, please consult your dentist. We can help determine which material best suits your smile based on the condition of your teeth (including the aesthetic condition of your teeth). For example, patients who grind their teeth might be better suited to porcelain veneers.
Are there any disadvantages to getting veneers?
One of the only disadvantages of getting veneers is that the procedure is not reversible. If a veneer cracks, it is very difficult to repair without replacing the entire veneer. With this in mind, veneers are not recommended for those who have poor gum health, pen-chewing habits, teeth grinding habits or jaw-clenching habits as this can increase the risk of damaging your veneers.
Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
If you have stained or chipped teeth, you are a good candidate for veneers. However, if you have extensive tooth decay, gum disease and teeth-grinding habits, you may not be a good candidate for veneers. Consult your dentist — we can provide you with recommendations and advice based on the condition of your teeth.
How long do dental veneers last?
Generally speaking, veneers last around five to 10 years. They do not require any special treatment other than your usual brushing, flossing and biannual dental checkups.
Should I get one veneer or multiple?
Your dentist can provide recommendations and advice around the number of veneers you need to restore your smile. However, it is ultimately your choice how many veneers you get. From our experience, we recommend getting multiple veneers at once — this will ensure the consistency and aesthetic of your smile.