Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain that are applied to the front surface of visible teeth. They’re commonly used as a popular cosmetic dental treatment to improve the overall look of the teeth. One reason for their popularity is their versatility. Veneers can be used to correct a number of cosmetic concerns on a single tooth, or an entire smile.
Did You Know?
Although porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers, they are not the only material used to make them. In some cases, veneers can be made out of composite resin for a less-permanent and affordable alternative.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
You may be a candidate for dental veneers if you are looking for a minimally-invasive cosmetic dental treatment to improve the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers can correct the following cosmetic concerns:
- Improper spacing
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Teeth that have gaps in between them
- Teeth that are too small
- Oddly shaped or mismatched teeth
To determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental veneers, schedule a consultation with your Kamloops cosmetic dental office today.
What can I expect when having dental veneers placed?
When having dental veneers placed, you can expect to attend two dental appointments. During the first appointment, your teeth will be prepared for the placement of veneers. To prepare your teeth for veneers, a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from the front surface of your teeth. This is so the veneers can fit comfortably and aesthetically over your teeth.
After the teeth have been prepared, a dental impression or oral scan will be taken of your mouth and sent to a dental lab. While the dental lab fabricates your veneers, your dentist will apply temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime. In approximately 1 to 2 weeks, you will return to our office to have your permanent veneers fitted and cemented to your teeth.
How do I care for my veneers?
You will care for your veneers much like you would care for your natural teeth. Although porcelain is stain resistant, regular oral hygiene is still needed to maintain your oral health and prevent tooth decay from affecting veneered teeth. This means brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily, as well as attending regular dental cleanings every six months.
Additionally, to prevent your veneers from becoming damaged, you will want to avoid biting into foods that are excessively hard or crunchy. In fact, it is recommended that you minimize the foods you bite into to prevent your veneers from wearing out prematurely. It is also important to avoid damaging behaviors like chewing on ice or pens, using your teeth to open packages, nail biting, or grinding and clenching your teeth. If you are a known bruxer, your dentist may advise for a dental mouth guard.