Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or ceramic, customized to fit over the front of your teeth to conceal imperfections. At Koski DePaul Dental Group, they are bonded to the front of your teeth and can only be removed by a dentist or oral surgeon.
Veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are worn down, stained, broken, or have spaces between them. Porcelain veneers are a long-lasting solution to improve your smile’s appearance.
Why Get Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are placed on top of your natural teeth, and the process can be repeated if future adjustments are needed.
Veneers are a good option when you have teeth that are stained or discolored, have gaps between your teeth or are misaligned and need straightening. Unlike crowns, which cover the entire tooth, veneers only cover the visible front side of the tooth. Since less of the original tooth has to be removed, the procedure is often reversible.
Veneers are also stain-resistant and durable, making them a popular cosmetic option for improving your smile. The process typically takes two to three visits over two to three weeks. The first visit involves preparing the affected teeth and taking an impression for the lab to construct your veneers. During the second visit, the veneers are placed onto the surface of your prepared teeth, and the fit is checked. Finally, any adjustments are made if needed, and you leave with a bright new smile!
How to Care For Your Veneers?
Veneers are durable and resistant to stains, but you must practice good oral hygiene habits to protect your teeth and the veneer itself. Avoid chewing on hard items like ice and pens, as this can break or damage the veneer. Brushing and flossing daily is strongly recommended for healthy teeth and gums. We recommend using non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent scratches on your veneers. For added protection, you can use fluoride mouthwash.
You should also ensure you get regular cleanings and exams every six months, so our dentist can monitor the health of your teeth and identify any potential problems, like cavities or gum disease. These conditions could damage your smile, even if you have veneers! Regular professional cleanings can help remove any plaque buildup under the veneers. If any damage occurs to the teeth underneath, we can repair it before you get more veneers.
If you’re ready to take the first step in improving your smile, visit Koski DePaul Dental Group.