If your teeth have been subject to slight crookedness or have had some minor enamel surface damage, your dentist may have recommended that you get porcelain veneers to correct the problem. Perhaps you have never heard of veneers before, or have some concerns about how they work, or are unsure whether or not they are worth the money spent on them. Our Concord cosmetic dentists are experts in this field and can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding veneers. The following are the most commonly asked questions about veneers:
What exactly is a porcelain veneer?
Porcelain veneers are tiny plates that are placed on the teeth that have the same color as the teeth. They correct any flaws that the teeth might have and improve their appearance. The veneers are bonded permanently to the teeth and do not need to be removed unless they need to be replaced for various reasons.
Which kind of tooth damage cannot be corrected with veneers?
Veneers are generally intended for those who have just slightly crooked teeth, noticeable gaps between their teeth, teeth that have been chipped, or discolored teeth. Teeth that have been subject to decay, become extremely crooked, or are ground a lot probably should not have veneers applied to them. Patients with gingivitis or periodontal diseases also probably should not get veneers. You should consult your dentist before getting veneers if you have any questions about teeth issues that you think you may have that could affect veneers.
How does a dentist attach veneers to the teeth?
Usually a dentist who makes veneers will create a mold of the teeth to see what the size and the shape of the veneers will need to be. Usually part of the enamel will be trimmed off the teeth where the veneers will go, and if you so desire, you can use an anesthetic to minimize any pain that might result from this. One the mold is created, the veneer will be made in a lab where it will be customized to fit your teeth. Veneers can take up to 3 weeks to create the veneer, but once it is ready your dentist will schedule a time to see if the veneer fits your teeth and make adjustments as needed till it fits perfectly. Then the veneer will be bonded with a special cement that hardens quickly and allows the veneer to attach just right. Your dentist will usually schedule a follow up visit just to be sure the desired results have been achieved and your teeth and gums have adjusted properly.
Does getting veneers involve any changes in eating or brushing habits?
Usually you can brush your teeth as you normally would, and eat most normal foods as well. It is usually recommended to avoid biting any hard substances that could crack or damage the veneers, and you will want to ask your dentist or hygienist for tips on keeping them looking shiny and well maintained. Usually veneers will be resistant to stains from food or drinks that are known to stain, however the dentist may recommend avoiding food or drinks that stain.
What is usually the cost and the duration of the veneers?
The cost of veneers could range anywhere from the $800-2000 range. A dentist who makes veneers that are high quality will usually produce veneers that can last 10-15 sometimes even 30 years. Cheaper veneers will usually not last as long and could even cause some health issues if they aren’t carefully maintained.
Our Concord cosmetic dentists are experts in creating veneers and improving your smile and have all the information you need concerning tooth appearance.