If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry, you may have considered veneers. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin and fit over your teeth to make teeth look less chipped, stained, or misshapen. receiving veneersThough some people get veneers for cosmetic purposes only, some people get veneers as part of a dental makeover that includes treatment for gum disease.

What Can I Expect?

Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant and natural looking than composite veneers. Composite veneers are thinner so less tooth surface needs to be removed before they’re applied. Your dentist will work with you to help determine which veneers best meet your needs.

With each type of veneer, your tooth enamel will be trimmed, a mold will be taken of your teeth and sent off to make the veneers, and in one to two week’s time, your dentist’s office should have your veneers for placement.

The teeth will be roughened to provide a better adhesive surface for your teeth, and the veneer will be attached to your teeth with a special cement, which requires UV light to harden it.

Your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment a few weeks after you get your veneers placed to make sure the placement is correct and the adhesive is holding.

What You Should Know

Because veneers require tooth reduction, they are not considered a reversible form of treatment.

In most cases, attaching veneers is not painful and does not require a local anesthetic.

After your teeth are reduced and even after the veneers are placed, you can expect an increased sensitivity to hot and cold. These symptoms should decrease or subside a few days after placement of the veneers.

Your veneers should be strong enough to handle most if not all forces placed on them by normal eating. However, if you have porcelain veneers, you should know that porcelain is brittle. You should avoid biting hard objects or placing undue stress on porcelain veneers. Instances you should avoid include things like opening pistachio nuts with your teeth, chewing on bones, and eating candy apples.

Though part of your teeth is removed for the placement of veneers, there is no increased incidence of decay as long as you continue to brush, floss, and avoid consuming a lot of sugary or acidic foods and beverages.

Veneers last different amounts of time depending on what substance they’re made of. Composite veneers can last from five to seven years. Porcelain, or ceramic veneers can last from fifteen to twenty years.

The gums and tissue around your veneers may change over time, exposing your original teeth. If a veneer comes off it can usually be rebounded. If it chips, it can usually be rebounded or otherwise replaced. Remember that veneers are not a reversible form of treatment, so maintenance and repair are vital to ensure a lasting smile.

Talk to your dentist about cosmetic dentistry options that might be right for you. If you do opt to get veneers, remember that they don’t take any more oral hygiene than your regular teeth would and they don’t increase your risk of tooth decay, but you will need to commit to maintenance and getting them replaced if you’d like to keep your new smile.