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Dental veneers are one of the cosmetic restorations a cosmetic dentist can use to improve your smile drastically. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They can be used to fix chipped or cracked teeth, discolored teeth, gaps between teeth, misshapen teeth, and crooked teeth.

The practice of placing dental veneers on teeth started as a way to improve how the smiles of actors looked on screen, but it quickly caught on with the general public. Many celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Tom Cruise, and Celine Dion have amazing smiles that are crafted with veneers.

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Everything you should know about veneers

Getting your smile transformed with veneers starts with a consultation with a dentist. During the appointment, the dentist will examine the patient's teeth to determine if veneers are the right solution for them.

Placing veneers typically involves shaving off enamel to prepare teeth for veneers. The thickness of the enamel layer removed is typically proportional to the thickness of the veneers used. The cosmetic dentist will carefully explain how the patient's teeth will be altered in preparation for veneers and how their prepared teeth will always need a restoration to serve as their artificial enamel moving forward.

A patient's existing dental issues are typically addressed before proceeding with veneers. Issues like teeth grinding might make some patients poor candidates for veneers since they can lead to the restorations becoming prematurely damaged.

The different types of veneers

Veneers can be made out of various materials. Some of the more popular types of veneers used in cosmetic dentistry include:

1. Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most popular type. They are trendy because they offer a natural-looking finish, and they are also very durable. Porcelain is a sturdier material than ceramic or composites, and it can last 10-15 years with good oral hygiene. As a result, these types of veneers last longer than others. Porcelain also has similar translucence properties as natural teeth, so they reflect light just like real teeth, making restorations made with them look virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

2. Ceramic veneers

Ceramic veneers are a popular choice for people looking to improve the appearance of their smile. Made from thin, natural-looking ceramic, they are custom-crafted to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth and look natural. They require less tooth preparation than porcelain veneers and are often made from bio-inert materials like zirconia.

Characteristics of ceramic veneers include:

  • Ceramic veneers can help to reinforce the structures of a weakened tooth
  • Less enamel is removed when preparing teeth for ceramic veneers since they are made to a higher level of precision
  • Natural-looking results

3. Composite veneers

Composite veneers are made from composite resin. They are not as popular as porcelain ones because they do not look as natural and are not as durable. Composite veneers are also more susceptible to staining than porcelain veneers or natural teeth. That can pose a significant issue for people who regularly consume tannin-rich foods and beverages like coffee, red wine, and pasta sauce.

One advantage composite veneers have over other alternatives is that less enamel is removed when preparing teeth for composite veneers. Composite veneers are also cheaper than the alternatives.

How veneers are placed on teeth

The procedure for getting dental veneers is relatively simple. First, the dentist prepares the patient's teeth by removing a tiny amount of enamel. This is required to ensure that the veneers will bond appropriately to teeth and to prevent the added bulk of the veneers from making the person's teeth appear abnormally large.

Once the teeth have been prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the patient's teeth. The impression is used to make the person's custom veneers in a dental lab. It takes about two weeks for the finished product to return to the dentist. The patient's teeth are covered with temporary veneers to protect them for the time being.

During the second part of the treatment, the temporary veneers are removed, and the custom veneers are put into place. Any alterations needed are made at this time. Once the veneers are in the desired position, they are bonded to the patient's teeth using special dental cement.

Aftercare and maintenance for veneers

Caring for your veneers is relatively simple. You should brush two times daily and floss once every day as you would typically do. Use non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid damaging your veneers. Avoid habits like biting hard objects and chewing on ice, which can also damage your veneers.

Having routine check-ups with your dentist is crucial even if you have no problems with your teeth or gums. They will be able to spot any potential issues with your veneers before they become more significant problems.

People who grind their teeth and opt for veneers should request a night guard from their dentist. This helps minimize the bite forces their teeth (and veneers) are exposed to when they grind their teeth during sleep.

Recovery after getting veneers

The recovery process after getting veneers is relatively short. The patient's teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold drinks for a few days as their teeth adjust to the new veneers. Over-the-counter teeth desensitizing products can be used to address the increased teeth sensitivity.

Patients should avoid eating hard or chewy foods for at least 24 hours after getting veneers since that can cause the bonding material to become loose. After that, you can go back to eating your regular diet. Taking care of your veneers is vital so that they last a long time. With proper care, veneers can last for up to 20 years.

Restore your smile with veneers

Dental veneers may be the right solution if you are unhappy with your smile. Veneers can be used to fix many different cosmetic issues with teeth. They are thin, porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. The procedure is relatively simple, and recovery is quick. With proper care, veneers can last for many years.

Looking for a way to restore your smile? Call or visit our Annapolis clinic to discuss your options with our cosmetic dentist.

Request an appointment here: or call Annapolis Dental Suite at (443) 863-1303 for an appointment in our Annapolis office.

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