Dental Veneer FAQ

What is a dental veneer?

  • A dental veneer is a cosmetic dentistry option in which a thin wafer (or shell) of a tooth-colored composite material or porcelain is placed on top of the surface of your tooth in order to enhance the aesthetic appearance of a tooth.

What dental problems can be corrected by dental veneers?

  • Dental veneers can be used to correct crooked, gapped, missing, or misaligned teeth. They can hide discolored, dingy or stained teeth, as well as teeth that are short, small, or uneven.

What materials are used to make a dental veneer?

  • Veneers can be created using porcelain or resin composite materials. Zirconium veneers are extremely strong and light. Porcelain has excellent light-reflecting properties that closely mimic the look of natural teeth.

How are dental veneers applied?

  • Your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth by shaping or “prepping” them. A small amount of the natural tooth enamel is removed, ensuring that when the veneer is placed, it won’t appear bulky or unnatural. Composite resin veneers will be created by your dentist within your mouth in a single appointment. Porcelain veneers must be created in a dental lab and are cemented to your teeth in a second appointment. You will wear temporary veneers until your permanent porcelain veneers are created and ready to place.

How long do dental veneers last?

  • Your veneers can last between 10 and 20 years. You should avoid chewing on hard things such as ice, pencils, or fingernails.

What are some disadvantages of dental veneers?

  • The process of tooth grinding is irreversible. They are not usually repairable if they crack or chip, and will need to be replaced. A tooth with a veneer may be more sensitive to extreme temperatures in drinks or food.

 

How do I care for my dental veneers?

  • Dental veneers don’t require any special care. You will need to continue to brush and floss as you normally would to maintain proper dental hygiene.

Schedule your consultation today with Weston cosmetic dentist Dr. Thanos about these or any questions you may have about dental veneers.