Veneers are porcelain covers for your teeth that are made to look hyper-realistic and aesthetic so that they hide the cosmetic imperfections of your natural teeth. When people look at you, they will see these porcelain shells that are bonded to your enamel and see a highly aesthetic and symmetrical smile. Veneers can cover up undesired tooth shades as well as protect teeth by covering up damage like chips and cracks.
Veneers require permanently altering your tooth enamel so they are considered irreversible.
During your consultation with Dr. Barton, she will assess your teeth to make sure you have no oral health problems and are a good candidate for veneers.
Dental crowns are about 2mm thick and require the removal of a small amount of enamel from the top and sides of your tooth to create space for the crown.
We need to remove ½ mm of enamel from the front of your teeth to fit the veneers on top.
After we shave down your teeth slightly, we will take digital scans of your teeth and use a shade guide to determine the shade for your veneers. We’ll send these to a dental lab that will use them to fabricate your dream veneers.
After a few weeks, we will receive your veneers and you will be called back to check the fit and appearance of the veneers. If you’re happy with them, we will bond them to your teeth.
If you have a lot of tooth stains or tooth discoloration, we can use a shade guide to determine the shade of your teeth and go several shades lighter for your veneers. We recommend having your teeth whitened so this is uniform with the rest of your teeth. Veneers are stain-resistant and remain the same shade for their entire lifespan so it’s a great alternative to just getting your teeth whitened.
Many people have chips and cracks or enamel erosion in their teeth from dental trauma, teeth grinding, or injury. Veneers will cover this up not only for cosmetic purposes but to protect your teeth from breaking and worsening the damage. Veneers last a lot longer than dental bonding so this is a long-term solution for repairing damaged teeth.
Sometimes we’re simply dissatisfied with the way our teeth look because they’re too small, too sharp, or awkwardly shaped. No matter what the reason for your dissatisfaction with your teeth is, veneers are a highly durable and long-lasting solution to achieve your dream smile.
Do you have minor orthodontic problems such as slightly crooked teeth or have small gaps between your teeth? Skip costly orthodontic treatment by covering it up with veneers! Veneers will create a perfectly straight aesthetic so no one will know your teeth are misaligned or have spaces between them.
Veneers can be made out of composite resin, which is less popular and less durable.
Anyone who is in good oral health and is unhappy with the appearance of their teeth is a great candidate for veneers. We don’t recommend veneers for those who grind their teeth, because they are at a high risk of damaging or breaking them. You need to be willing to care for and protect your veneers.
Porcelain veneers can last for up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. By practicing good oral hygiene, avoiding eating hard and sticky foods, using your teeth as tools, as well as limiting staining foods and drinks, your veneers will last much longer.
Porcelain veneers last up to 15 years but composite resin veneers only last 4 to 8.