What Are Veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure where thin caps made of either porcelain or composite resin are placed over natural teeth. Veneers cover existing stains, gaps, or chips in existing teeth and can brighten any smile.
Why Do I Need Veneers?
People choose cosmetic dentistry procedures for a variety of reasons. Your dentist might suggest veneers to improve the look and texture of highly visible front teeth that have stains, ridges, or chips. Applying veneers can help smoothen and brighten your smile.
In addition to their cosmetic functions, veneers can also serve as a less involved version of a bridge or a crown by filling in small gaps or minor misalignments in your bite.
What Should I Expect at My First Veneers Appointment?
Once you’ve decided on veneers, placing them will usually take one or two appointments, depending on whether or not your dentist is using premade veneers or creating your veneers in a laboratory.
First, your dentist will clean your tooth and verify the correct veneer shade to use. The dentist will then take an impression of your tooth and place a temporary veneer while the final is prepared.
When it’s time to place the final, permanent veneer, your dentist will remove the temporary version, clean your tooth again, and apply the adhesive and cement necessary to hold the permanent veneer in place. The dentist will then use a light to cure, or attach, the veneer to your tooth.
It’s common to have a follow-up appointment to ensure the proper fit and comfort, which will help make sure your veneers last as long as possible.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
It’s important to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible after any cosmetic dentistry procedure, including veneers. While they won’t last forever, strong and well-maintained veneers will hold up better with good oral health. Good dental hygiene habits will help ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your treatment, and help prevent future ones. Your Huntley Dental Associates team can help ensure that you develop and continue healthy hygiene practices.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Veneers are an investment in your oral health. Using state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, including computerized operatories, digital radiography, and flat-screen monitors, Huntley Dental Associates provides superior oral treatment in a comfortable environment.
Please contact Huntley Dental Associates to discuss insurance options and pricing details, or with any additional questions about veneers.