Dental veneers are porcelain or ceramic layers that fit over the front of the teeth. They can reshape the teeth, correct alignment issues, fill in gaps between the teeth, and fix chips or cracks. Some people
also get dental veneers to fix stained or discolored teeth.
There are many benefits to getting veneers, but you should know what to expect before you decide to receive the procedure.
Before the Procedure
You’ll need to visit your dentist once or twice before you actually get the veneers. During your first visit, you and your dentist will discuss your medical and dental history and any dental treatments you’ve had in the past. You can also discuss the reasons you want veneers and what your hopes or goals are for the procedure. Your dentist can explain what your teeth should look like after getting the veneers.
If you and your dentist decide that veneers are the right option for you, you’ll need to make another appointment to prepare your teeth. Veneers are very thin, but they require the enamel on the treated teeth to be reduced by about half a millimeter. Your dentist will trim down your teeth and place temporary veneers over them for protection. Then, he or she will make an impression of your teeth and send it to the laboratory, where the permanent veneers will be created. It usually takes between 10 and 14 days for your dentist to receive the permanent veneers.
During the Procedure
Your dentist will first check that the fit and color of the permanent veneers match your teeth. He or she might need to trim or adjust the veneers for a perfect fit. Then, your dentist will clean your teeth and roughen the surface, which will help the veneers adhere to the teeth.
The veneers will be attached with a bonding cement, and an ultraviolet light will help the cement harden quickly and effectively.
After the Procedure
Your dentist will probably ask you to return for a visit after about a week to make sure the gum tissue is healthy and to check the placement of the veneers. You may experience some sensitivity in your treated teeth to hot and cold temperatures after the procedure, but this should go away within a few days.
Veneers can last five to ten years before needing replacement if you follow a healthy hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse with mouthwash regularly. Visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
Veneers are usually stain-resistant, but your dentist may advise you to avoid foods and beverages that cause stains, including coffee, tea, and red wine. They can also become damaged from teeth grinding, but your dentist can provide you with a bite guard to prevent teeth grinding in your sleep.
Your veneers will look and function just like regular teeth. If you were self-conscious about your teeth because of chips, discoloration, or misalignment, veneers can help you restore your confidence in your smile.