Rather than writing a more standard blog post, today we will be answering some frequently asked questions about dental veneers. For now, know that veneers may be able to change your smile just as they have changed the smiles of several patients at our dentist office in San Antonio, TX.
After you finish reading, you can schedule a consultation at Advanced Dental Associates to find out if dental veneers are a good option for you.
What Are Dental Veneers?
A good way to describe dental veneers is to compare them with fake fingernails. When someone gets fake fingernails, they are applied over their real nails. This makes their look nicer, at least temporarily.
Dental veneers are used to conceal your natural teeth. When the veneers are bonded in place, they change the appearance of your smile. Unlike fake fingernails, dental veneers can last for a while. (More on this below.)
Are There Different Kinds Of Dental Veneers?
Yes, and we offer three kinds of dental veneers at our dentist office in San Antonio.
▸ IPS e.max dental veneers are made with lithium disilicate, which is a special kind of glass ceramic material. E.max veneers are the result of years of research and development to create a more durable type of dental veneers.
Like all dental veneers, however, e.max veneers are made to look as lifelike as possible.
▸ Porcelain veneers have a longer history than e.max. Today, porcelain veneers are still used because they look incredibly natural, and they can be made at a lower cost than e.max veneers.
The process for getting e.max and porcelain veneers are pretty similar. A dental professional will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel. Then we will make impressions or scans of your teeth. This allows your dental veneers to be custom-designed just for you.
When they are ready, the veneers will be bonded directly to your teeth to give you the smile of your dreams.
▸ Minimal prep veneers may be a better option for patients with sensitive teeth. These veneers are thinner than either e.max or porcelain veneers. As a result, we may not have to remove any enamel to fit them on your teeth.
These offer a benefit of being reversible. Should you decide years from now that you would like to get rid of your veneers, then you can remove the minimal prep veneers with little effect on your natural smile.
What Can Dental Veneers Do?
It might be easier to answer what can’t veneers do. Dental veneers can do many of the same things as orthodontic treatments, teeth whitening, and tooth bonding.
With dental veneers, you can make crooked teeth look straight. You can make crowded teeth look more evenly spaced, or you can close gaps between your teeth.
Veneers can hide your stained teeth so they look bright and white. If you have chipped or worn-down teeth, then veneers can help restore them to their full shape and size.
And dental veneers can do all of these things at the same time.
How Long Will Veneers Last?
This question is a little trickier to answer. It’s safe to say that dental veneers are intended to be a long-term cosmetic treatment.
With improvements to the materials used to make dental veneers and the bonding adhesive, you should be able to keep your dental veneers for several years and possibly decades.
The type of veneers you receive will make a difference. More durable materials will retain their appearance longer.
How you treat your veneers will make a big difference as well. Veneers may be more stain-resistant than natural teeth, but you still need to clean them on a daily basis. You also need to maintain good oral health so the teeth behind your veneers don’t become weak from tooth decay or loose due to gum disease.
How Can You Get Dental Veneers?
This one is easy. Start by scheduling an appointment at Advanced Dental Associates.
If you live in or near San Antonio, one of our dentists can examine your teeth and discuss what you would like to change about your smile. Together we can help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental veneers and whether veneers or another cosmetic service is the right choice for you.