Most of us have things we see as imperfections in our smiles. Then, we look at movie stars and social media influencers, and those “flaws” we have become magnified.
Before you start comparing yourself to people behind a screen, you should know that the majority of those even, white smiles are due to cosmetic dental treatments. It’s rare for someone to have a perfectly white, straight smile from birth.
The good news is that cosmetic dental treatments like veneers are accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be a Hollywood star or influencer. Dr. Lin makes it easy and affordable for you to have everything from a chip in your tooth to a small gap corrected.
For some people, their dental problems are so severe that they’ll need orthodontic appliances to correct them. But when you have a slight overbite or a stained tooth that doesn’t require a full-mouth treatment, you’re not stuck with it if it makes you unhappy.
Whether a veneer is the right investment for you or not is an individual decision. You’ll likely have questions about how long they’ll last, if they can correct your concerns, and how much they’ll cost.
This guide gives you the info you need to learn more about veneers and make your decision!
A Basic Overview of Veneers
Although they’re often used in Hollywood, veneers aren’t cinema magic. They’re a dental solution that combines highly effective technology with basic science. The result is a simple piece of wafer-thin equipment that covers up a myriad of dental flaws.
At most dental offices, patients can choose between composite resin and porcelain veneers. Either option offers a solution to minor dental imperfections like:
- A stained tooth that stubbornly resists whitening treatments
- A chipped or crooked tooth
- Gaps in the front teeth or uneven spaces in your smile
- Teeth that have been damaged from grinding (a condition called bruxism)
Getting veneers applied to your teeth is an easy procedure. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that doesn’t require any anesthesia. In general, most people don’t feel any discomfort at all.
To have a veneer placed, the dentist will create an impression of your teeth. If you opt for custom-made veneers, the impression will be used to make one of these wafer-thin shells that fit your tooth perfectly. Otherwise, a standard veneer that is as close to your natural teeth as possible will be used.
After the veneer is sculpted, shaded, and completed, it is bonded to the front enamel of the tooth you’re trying to correct. When it’s finished, the final look will be natural, and no one will know you had dental work done!
Getting the Most Out of Your Veneers
Veneers are designed to be long-lasting. Unless you get a temporary veneer, you’ll get years of use out of your dental investment. But temporary veneers are usually used to cover up a damaged tooth until a permanent fix can occur.
Are veneers permanent? For most people, they’ll have to be replaced eventually. But if you take care of them, you’ll be happy with their lifespan.
Of the two most common types, porcelain veneers typically last the longest. Porcelain is a very durable, strong material that is comparable to your natural teeth enamel. If you can bite it with your tooth, you can bite it with a porcelain veneer.
Another advantage of porcelain veneers is that they are highly stain resistant. It’s possible to discolor one of these thin shells, but it takes something like a lot of dark or bright foods and beverages or long-term tobacco use.
Since they are so hardy and resilient, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite resin. They can also be custom-made to match your other teeth precisely. Applying these veneers takes longer, but once they’re on, you don’t have to worry about them again for years.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are also popular, especially with people in a hurry to cover up a fix or those on a budget. Stock, not custom-made, veneers can be bonded to your tooth in one visit.
Even though they’re less expensive, you’ll be satisfied with the results. Unlike porcelain, though, composite resin veneers can be damaged with too many hard or sticky foods. If you do have a problem, call Dr. Lin’s office. We’ll get you scheduled and get it fixed quickly. Repairing veneers is a basic in-office procedure.
Whichever kind of material you choose, it’s important to learn how to care for your veneers so they, and your natural teeth, will last.
Taking Care of Your Veneers
How long porcelain veneers last on your front teeth and elsewhere isn’t hard as long as you follow good dental habits. Veneers can come loose with wear and tear over the years, but other than that, they’ll last you anywhere from five to twenty years.
For the longest investment, keep up with your brushing and flossing daily and schedule check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Lin. The better your maintenance care is, the longer you’ll get to keep all your teeth!
While it’s perfectly fine to eat sticky caramel apples and chew gum, you should avoid doing so too often, even with your own teeth. It’s possible to cause too much damage and pull a veneer off or damage your natural tooth.
You shouldn’t have to worry about your veneer coming off with the average meal or by brushing them. If you feel it lift or loosen, call your dentist as soon as you can. It’s easier to repair the veneers when they’re not too far gone. But if it does need to be replaced, we can do the job in our office.
Schedule Your Next Appointment Today
Dr. Lin provides an individualized treatment plan for everyone he sees. We’ll work with you to learn your dental goals and make a roadmap to get there. If you have a dental concern, we have a solution for it!
Are you ready to see if veneers can fix your minor imperfections to give you the smile you’ve been wanting? If so, we’re ready to help! Contact our office today for a check-up, cleaning, or any other dental needs you have.