Dental veneers can revolutionize your smile. By adding to the surface of your teeth, veneers can replace chipped, discolored enamel and transform misshapen teeth. Veneers also work to repair dental gaps. Dental veneers can be a life-changing opportunity if you’re looking for a total smile makeover. Here, we discuss the types of dental veneers and what to expect during the procedure. Without further ado, let’s jump into the topic at hand.
Types of Veneers
Veneers come in two main types: composite resin and ceramic. These two styles’ major differences are their shape, weight, and application. While ceramic veneers are often sculpted beforehand in a lab and, as such, take more time, resin veneers can be completed in a single visit as the dentist sculpts the resin onto the tooth.
Both resin and ceramic veneers can color-match your teeth and work to replace stained surfaces. Veneers can also be an option to replace a full set of visible teeth, especially in the case of permanently discolored or misshapen teeth, for a total smile makeover.
Thankfully, dental veneers take less enamel removal than dental crowns, but your teeth must have no dental decay or periodontal disease to qualify for veneers. Dental veneers are a permanent dental modification, as the dentist removes enamel from the surface of your teeth to fit the veneer. If you want to remove or replace your veneers, you will need either another set of veneers or a dental crown.
Keep in mind that if you pick at your teeth, suffer from bruxism (dental grinding), or clench your teeth, you may not be a good candidate for dental veneers, as this can lead to chipping or cracking along the veneers due to their thin design.
Whether you and your dentist choose ceramic veneers or composite resin, the initial preparation stage is the same. To properly fit veneers, your dentist must remove some of the enamel on the front and sides of your teeth. This ensures that the result feels like natural teeth and does not feel bulky or uncomfortable.
For ceramic veneers, once the enamel has been removed, your dentist will take impressions of your shaved teeth to craft your new veneers best. You may be given temporary crowns or veneers while you wait for your permanent veneers to be ready. Since your teeth may be sensitive after enamel removal, follow all dental care instructions from your dentist for best results and to avoid damaging your teeth. Next, your dentist adheres your ceramic veneers to your teeth or uses dental cement. If using composite resin, your dentist will apply the resin to your teeth. The resin is then shaped to match your natural teeth.
If you’re interested in a smile makeover or want veneers, contact Kenmore Dental at (425) 485-0588. Our team of trained dental professionals would be happy to discuss treatment options with you, answer any questions, or help you make an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.