WHAT IS A VENEER?
A veneer is a thin covering for the front of your tooth made of porcelain or composite resin. They can be used to cover:
- Chipped, cracked, or disfigured teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Permanently stained teeth
- Other porcelain Veneers
You might be wondering, “what is the difference between a porcelain veneer and a composite veneer?” Besides, the look, feel, and price, a porcelain veneer is specially made by a dental lab. Because the porcelain is made entirely in a lab, the entire process may take longer than that of a composite resin veneer. They are, however, very strong and not easily stained.
Likewise, the porcelain veneer requires a different placement method as well. Usually, the dentist usually treats the front and sides of your tooth to remove a little enamel so there is room for your veneer to fit and look natural. Once any necessary adjustments have been made by the dentist, your custom veneer is then bonded to your tooth. If need be, the dentist can make some alterations during future appointments.
Composite Resin Veneers
Like porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers are thin coverings for your teeth, but the materials, process, and durability are different.
Since the dentist uses composite resin materials to sculpt and bond your veneer in the office, the whole process can be completed in as little as one visit.
To prepare your tooth, usually less enamel is needed to be removed than when placing a porcelain veneer. It is hardened and bonded using a special light and then polished to resemble your surrounding teeth.
Though they generally are not as strong as porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers can be quickly repaired if damaged.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY VENEERS?
With your new veneers in place, you’ll want to take good care of them and your own teeth to ensure your smile keeps on looking great for years to come.
Upon receiving your new veneers, we advise that you avoid foods that can permanently stain or damage your smile. Just chewing on hard foods or items – like ice, pens, and pencils – can greatly harm your veneers and teeth. Once they are damaged, stained, or unintentionally altered in any other way, your veneers might stand out and not look as natural.
To keep your teeth healthy and clean, we recommend that you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. And flossing should be done daily to remove bacteria and plaque that can cause your teeth to decay. Dirty and decaying teeth can stand out from your teeth with veneers and may cause unwanted attention.
It is important to see the dentist make sure your veneer is placed right and withstanding your normal life. Adjustments that only the dentist can do may need to be made to your veneer.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED VENEERS?
If you are looking to upgrade with the look of your smile or would like to replace that with a crack in a tooth, veneers may be a good option for you. With that being said, veneers are not right for all patients, you should make an appointment with a dentist to review your oral health and dental options. Be sure to mention your specific expectations and desired results.
Brighten Your Smile Today
Contact us at Turquoise Dental in Mission Viejo, CA, and let’s find a time that works for you to come in for an appointment. Call us at (949) 454-7474. Let’s work together to find if dental veneers in Mission Viejo are right for you!