A dental veneer is a thin layer of material placed over the surface of a tooth. Veneers may be used to improve the appearance of the tooth or protect a damaged tooth. A composite dental veneer may be directly placed or indirectly fabricated while a porcelain veneer must be indirectly fabricated.
Porcelain veneers are a way to correct gaps and tooth staining without painful dental work. Dillon Family Dentistry will talk to you about your desires and expectations. We will then gather the information we need to have your veneers crafted at a top-level dental lab. The next step is to remove some of the enamel from your teeth and place temporary veneers on your teeth. When your permanent veneers are ready, we will remove the temporary veneers and replace them with the permanent veneers. It may take up to 2 weeks for the ceramists to craft the veneers.
Porcelain veneers are made from a type of ceramic that mimics tooth enamel in many ways. This makes the porcelain veneers look very natural.
Veneers resist staining, even when exposed to well-known tooth staining agents such as coffee and cigarettes.
Longevity of Veneers
Porcelain veneers last up to 15 years, but veneers may need to be replaced sooner if they chip or break. They are the dental restorations that have the best long-term success. Porcelain veneer breakage is rare, but can occur when eating very hard foods or grinding your teeth at night when sleeping.
Permanence of Veneers
When veneers are applied to your teeth, your natural tooth enamel is removed. This means that you cannot choose to have your veneers taken out if you decide you do not like them. Veneers must be replaced when worn or broken and cannot be removed without being replaced.