What Are Dental Veneers and How Do They Work?
Dental veneers are a popular choice for many people who want to brighten their smile. You may be wondering if they are the right choice for you. Our team at Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry is here to help you decide. In today’s post, we will take a look at what dental veneers are, how the process works and how they can improve your smile.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells that are applied to the teeth to conceal blemishes, such as discoloration or misshapen teeth. Your dentist will match the shade of the veneer to the rest of your teeth to bring out the natural beauty of your smile.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are several types of veneers, made of various materials, including:
- Composite veneers. These are the most widely-used type of veneers. They are on the cheaper side and don’t take as long to apply as porcelain veneers. However, composite veneers do not last very long (4-8 years) and their aesthetic cannot compare to the natural, sheer quality produced by porcelain veneers.
- Instant veneers. Whereas other types of veneers are models of your actual teeth, instant veneers are pre-made. They are matched to your teeth using existing swatches.
- Removable veneers. These veneers are similar to dentures, however, dentures replace missing teeth, whereas removable veneers cover existing teeth.
- Porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are the most durable and cost-effective option, given how long they last (10 or more years). They are made with care, based on the shiny hue of your teeth, making this the most natural looking choice when it comes to veneers. They are also more resistant to damage and staining than other types.
How do dental veneers work?
Now we know what dental veneers do. But how does the process work? That depends upon the type of veneer you choose. Porcelain veneers take about three visits and are tailored to the particularities of your mouth.
First, your dentist will make a model of your teeth by having you bite down in wax. Your next appointment will be devoted to the preparation of your veneers and determining their shape and color. Finally, during your last appointment, your veneers are applied to your teeth with resin.
In just a few visits, you will have a new set of shiny, beautiful teeth.
How do I know if veneers are right for me?
Making any permanent aesthetic change to your body can be a daunting decision. We are here to answer questions or address any concerns you may have to help you decide whether veneers are right for you. But our team strongly believes that dental veneers are a good investment. Cost-effective and long-lasting, porcelain veneers will make your smile glow with pride.
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No matter the procedure, at Mettler and Griego Family Dentistry we promise an unbeatable dental health experience. If you’ve been considering dental veneers, schedule a consultation with us today. We look forward to providing you with a beautiful new smile.