What are the types of veneers offered?
Veneers can be made from resin-composite, lumineers, or porcelain materials, and cemented to your teeth.
Porcelain veneers - A strong, tooth-colored material that looks and feels like natural teeth. Enamel removal (an irreversible procedure) is required. Porcelain veneers are stain resistant and need to be fabricated in a professional dental lab, requiring multiple appointments for the patient.
Composite resin - These veneers are cheaper than porcelain, and the shade is customized to match your natural teeth. Veneers are crafted during the same appointment, making composite resin veneers a quicker, cheaper choice.
Lumineers - Lumineers are uber-thin veneers digitally crafted and bonded directly on the front surface of the teeth without any need for preparation (enamel removal). They are considered a no-prep veneer.
Compared to other dental treatments, recovery after getting your veneers is quite fast. After the veneers are permanently bonded and the anesthetic wears off, you should be able to eat and chew normally. If the surface of the veneers feels a little rough, it’s usually because the extra cement has escaped. This should wear down naturally in a few days of brushing and eating, but if not, contact your cosmetic dentist to smooth them out.
Conventional porcelain veneers often last 10 to 15 years with proper care, while no-prep (Lumineers) last between 5 and 7 years. To maximize the lifespan of your veneers, you should:
Avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice, fingernails, or pens.
Avoid using your teeth to open condiment packages and other packaging.
Cut up hard foods and chew them with your back teeth only.
Wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
Wear a splint or retainer if you have bruxism.
Although veneers are durable and known to last for many years, chipped or fractured porcelain veneers are irreparable. In case of any damage, schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist to plan how the veneer will be replaced to restore your smile.
There are different types of veneers based on the material used, which in turn affects the amount of tooth preparation needed before bonding. Both porcelain and composite-resin veneers require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel from the front surface of the tooth, about 0.5 mm in depth.
While composite veneers can be placed and cemented immediately in the same appointment, porcelain veneers need to be designed and manufactured in a dental lab, which takes time. This means that your treatment will be completed on your next appointment.
Patients who are anxious about dental treatments, or have very thin tooth enamel can still improve their smiles using no-prep porcelain veneers. There’s no drilling, no shots, no pain, and no anesthetic used. Your cosmetic dentist will simply take impressions of your teeth and send them to the lab where your custom veneers will be made. When they’re ready, the veneers will be bonded directly on the tooth or teeth, and you can return to your normal routine immediately after the procedure.
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