Dental veneers provide an excellent solution if you are looking to enhance your smile. They are a popular cosmetic treatment because of their overall effectiveness and ease of use.
Dental veneers are great if you’re experiencing crowding problems, chipped teeth, worn down teeth or have areas of stained teeth. Veneers are thin shells that are placed on the front surface of the teeth to enhance their appearance—they will hide any noticeable flaws and help the teeth appear straight and even.
The shade of veneers can be adjusted to your tooth color and they are applied with minimal discomfort. Dental veneers are strong and durable and will last for many years before they require replacement or repairs.
At Endres Dental Care, every set of dental veneers is custom-designed based on your needs—so you get the results you want. This means we will make two appointments with you, the first to take impressions of your teeth and the second to apply and adjust the veneers to your teeth.
How do dental veneers work?
Dental veneers are incredibly thin shells that are applied on the front surfaces of a person’s teeth. Depending on the style of veneers, the teeth may be prepped first by removing a small amount of enamel. Once installed, the veneers can cover noticeable flaws to make adjustments to alignment. They can also adjust their thickness to improve spacing.
They are very easy to apply, requiring preparation of the teeth and then securing them in place with a strong dental adhesive.
Are veneers permanent?
Yes, veneers cannot be removed and are meant to always be worn. On average, porcelain veneers last 10-20 with proper dental care, at which point they will need to be replaced. Even though you have veneers, you still need to practice great oral hygiene as the teeth underneath the veneers can still develop tooth decay which could compromise the veneers.
Veneers vs. crowns—what’s the difference?
Dental veneers and dental crowns are both used for cosmetic purposes—to resolve chips, stains, discoloration, or crooked teeth. The main difference between the two is that dental crowns cover the entire tooth surface whereas veneers only cover the front portion of the tooth. Crowns (2 mm) are much thicker than veneers (1 mm) and the price for each is similar. Crowns provide additional support to damaged teeth whereas veneers do not. However, veneers are a much less invasive procedure and require less removal of the original tooth structure.
Veneers and crowns are both great solutions for patients looking to get a white, straight smile that looks and feels natural. If you’re interested but unsure which option is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Do dental veneers hurt?
No, most patients experience no pain at all during the procedure! Since this procedure is minimally invasive, only requiring the removal of a thin layer of enamel, we can use a local anesthetic to ensure that the patient feels no discomfort at all.
If you have more questions about dental veneers, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.