A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth to improve its appearance. They are used to correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, crooked, too small, or irregularly shaped.
Veneers can be made from resin composite materials, porcelain, or ceramics. Resin composite veneers are less expensive but may not last as long. Porcelain or ceramic veneers are slightly more expensive but last between 10 to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
While veneers can completely transform a smile, they can also be used to address just one tooth or a handful of teeth. If teeth are uneven, veneers can cover up chips, cracks, and stains. If teeth are crooked, veneers can straighten them. Additionally, veneers are stain-resistant. Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures because they achieve such a stunning aesthetic improvement. As few as two veneers can cover a misshapen tooth, or a full set can treat teeth that are crooked or gapped.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain designed to fit over your teeth. The veneers are custom-created for you in a dental laboratory, and your dentist bonds them to the front surface of your teeth. Once the veneers are in place, you’ll see an instant improvement in your smile! The porcelain veneers are colored to blend in with the rest of your smile, so other people won’t notice you have veneers.
Composite veneers are versatile and can be custom created in a variety of shapes and colors. Composite veneers are thin shells of dental-grade plastic which fit over the surface of the tooth. The veneer is bonded to the surface of the tooth, creating a natural-looking restoration. Composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain veneers but tend to be less durable and stain more easily.
Veneers can last many years. However, the lifespan of a veneer depends on how well you take care of them. Veneers require the same care as your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily will help keep your veneers in good condition. Avoid biting on hard objects, and avoid using your fingernails to scratch at or pick at your teeth.