Dental veneers, also known as laminates, bond to the front of your natural, permanent teeth giving you a symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing smile improving the physical appearance of your teeth, giving you a whiter and more even smile.
Veneers are thin and made of porcelain or composite resin, two materials that mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel. Dental veneers are cosmetic in nature and only covers the front surface of a tooth to enhance its appearance. As compared to a dental crown which covers the entire tooth structure to add strength and protection.
As a cosmetic treatment they improve your smile, but they don’t necessarily strengthen or repair your teeth. Dental veneers can conceal a wide range of aesthetic imperfections, including:
Chipped, cracked, and/or broken teeth.
Misshapen or pointy teeth.
Discolored or stained teeth.
Gaps or spaces in your smile
Dental veneers offer a number of benefits. They can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile. They blend in with your natural teeth for lifelike results. Veneers resist staining better than your natural tooth enamel. They have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years with proper care.
Composite veneers – This type can conceal mild cosmetic issues using a tooth-colored composite resin to achieve the desired results.
Porcelain veneers – This type can address a number of aesthetic imperfections. These restorations are custom-made to fit your dental anatomy. Before placement, some enamel is removed from your natural teeth. This roughens your teeth surfaces and helps your new veneers stay in place.
No-prep veneers – this type of veneers are a less invasive option. Like traditional porcelain veneers, no-prep veneers are custom-made for your smile. However, they require less enamel removal than traditional veneers.
Removable veneers — also called pop-on veneers or snap-on veneers these cover your natural teeth to hide imperfections. Like retainers, you can take removable veneers out anytime. Removable veneers can enhance your smile but they can make it difficult to eat, and they could have a negative impact on your speech.
Receiving veneers usually takes two separate appointments. At your first appointment, Dr. Soto will perform an oral exam and discusses your goals for treatment. If your teeth and gums are healthy then treatment begins. After administering a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums a thin layer of enamel is removed from the surface of your teeth, approximately a millimeter thick. Then using putty an impression of your teeth is made. This allows the veneers to be produced to fit your teeth.
You are scheduled for your next appointment at which a local anesthetic is administered then Dr. Soto will line up your veneers with your permanent teeth, and bonds them in place using dental cement.
There’s no downtime following veneer placement. People who receive dental veneers can return to normal activities the same day.
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