Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-hued material fused to the front side of teeth to improve their appearance. They are usually constructed of porcelain or a resin composite and glued permanently to your teeth.
This cosmetic restoration addresses issues such as chipped, damaged, discolored, or relatively small teeth.
While one veneer may be sufficient to repair a cracked or chipped tooth, most people opt for a full set of veneers - anywhere from six to eight - to achieve a uniformly beautiful smile. Most people get veneers for their upper front eight teeth.
Veneers are widely used in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Several different types of veneers exist, each with its advantages, disadvantages, and life span.
At Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry in Burbank, we can help you determine if veneers are the right choice for your smile.
Why Do People Get Veneers?
Veneers can make your teeth look whiter and more uniform, which is the main benefit.
Teeth with damaged enamel can be protected from further wear and decay with dental veneers.
Since each veneer provides a protective coating to strengthen its tooth, it may also help reduce sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Veneers for teeth are commonly used to fix the following cosmetic issues:
||Chipped or broken teeth
||Uneven coloring or severe discoloration
||Spaces between the teeth
||Unevenly sized teeth
||Pointed or irregularly shaped teeth
What Are My Options Other Than Veneers?
The answer to this question is condition-specific, depending on what kind of dental problem you try to solve.
For example, instead of spending a lot of money on veneers, you can have a professional teeth whitening procedure.
Straightening your teeth with clear aligners is one option for those who want to improve their smile.
Dental bonding is a less expensive option for repairing chipped, broken, or damaged teeth.
Reshaping the gums to remove teeth hidden by gum tissue is another option for fixing your teeth if you don't like veneers.
How Are Teeth Veneers Done?
Initially, we will likely take x-rays to assess your oral health. Root canals, gum disease, and cavities are a few things they will keep an eye out for.
Some patients need braces before veneers may be placed because of crooked or uneven teeth.
We will file down your teeth first, then take an imprint to use as a mold for your dental procedure.
After we make a mold of your teeth, it usually takes a week to two weeks for the lab to return your veneers.
Your veneers will be ready in a few weeks, and then you can set up a placement appointment. We will check the veneers for proper fit, form, and color at this appointment.
We will then do a complete cleaning of your teeth. Doing so prevents germs from becoming trapped under the veneer, a common cause of degradation.
After this is done, the veneering procedure begins by using the grinding tool to roughen up the surface of each tooth.
When done this way, the veneer has a better chance of staying put.
When the veneer is in place, we will use dental cement to attach it to the tooth permanently.
This cement will harden rapidly, thanks to the application of UV light.
An average veneer placement visit takes at most two hours. However, this could increase if a local anesthetic is utilized or multiple veneers are placed.
What Are Dental Veneers Made Of?
Dental veneers require extensive preparation and are often constructed of porcelain or a composite resin. However, no-prep veneers require no preparation of the teeth before they are bonded to them.
Traditional dental veneers require the tooth to be ground down, sometimes past the enamel, before they can be bonded to the tooth.
While this is necessary for accurate positioning, it is also irreversible, unpleasant, and frequently necessitates using a local anesthetic.
At Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry, we will discuss the best course of action for tooth reduction based on your specific dental conditions and the total teeth requiring treatment.
We might show you a wax model to demonstrate how veneers will look when applied to multiple teeth.
Alternatively, no-prep veneers may need minor tooth preparation or change, although these aren't noticeable to the naked eye.
The porcelain veneer will be fabricated after the mold is sent to a laboratory.
The veneer will be ready when we bond it to your newly shaped tooth. Before the permanent veneers return from the lab, temporary veneers can be used.
However, we may use computer-aided design and manufacturing technology (CAD/CAM) to create the veneer. Dental veneers can be fabricated in-office at Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry.
Composite Resin Veneers
If you opt for veneers made of composite resin, we will scrape the tooth's surface and then cover it with a very thin layer of the material.
You may need to apply more than one composite layer to get the desired effect. When we are done, the composite veneer will be cured or hardened using a special light.
Are Teeth Veneers Permanent?
Depending on the type of veneer you select, veneers can have a lifespan of more than 10 years. Because of this, veneers are considered a semi-permanent investment to help you feel more confident about your smile.
Veneers made of porcelain laminate can last at least a decade or more. Composite resin veneers have a shorter lifespan, between four and eight years, and hence need to be replaced more frequently.
The glue that holds the veneers to your natural teeth will weaken over time, and once this happens, you will need to have new veneers because the old ones won't fit properly.
Therefore, even if the treatment is irreversible, the veneers will need to be replaced at some point in the future.
Schedule a Consultation About Teeth Veneers with Your Burbank, CA Dentist Today!
At Toomin & Bieber Aesthetic Comprehensive Dentistry, we are happy to talk with you to determine the best treatment plan, including the number of veneers you will need and what type of material is best for your situation. Call our Burbank office at (818) 748-9998 to schedule!
Dental Veneers Before & After Photos