What Are Dental Veneers? Everything You Need to Know

What is veneer

What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are shells of colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They help enhance the appearance of your teeth. They are added to the front of the teeth, which alters their shape, length, and size. Veneers are made from porcelain or resin composite materials.

[See: Porcelain Veneers: How They Will Improve Your Dental Health]

How Veneers help?
Veneers can help fix a number of different problems, such as teeth that are discolored, worn down, broken, misaligned, or with gaps between them. The process of getting a dental veneer normally requires multiple trips to the dentist, allowing for the appropriate amount of time to go through the consultation process, and to make the veneers fit your teeth.

The Procedure
To prepare your teeth for veneers, first, your dentist will examine you to make sure that they are the best option for you. Once it has been determined that you need them, your dentist will begin the process. Your dentist will likely remove some enamel from the tooth, which will be equal to the thickness to be added to the tooth surface. A model will be sent to the laboratory, where your veneer will be constructed. This process will likely take a week. After your tooth has been properly fitted for your veneer, your tooth will go through the bonding process. The cement will be applied to the veneer and then added to your tooth. Your dentist should schedule an appointment for a follow up visit to see how your gums are responding to it.

The Results
Veneers normally last for at least 5 years before they should be replaced. Dental veneers do not require any special care outside of regular practices, such as brushing, flossing, and rinsing. It may be best to avoid stain causing foods and beverages. Veneers are a great option for people who want to change the appearance of their teeth.

Dr. Steffany Mohan is the Owner of Plaza Dental Group and is a leading dentist in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Mohan is an expert in implant, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry (including Dental Implants and teeth whitening),is Invisalign certified and has gained a reputation of excellence in the dentistry community.

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