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4 Facts About Veneers You Should Know Before Getting Them

February 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — hmdentistry @ 6:43 pm
a patient smiling while receiving veneers

Your smile is often the first feature that people notice about you, which is part of why cosmetic dentistry has become so popular. In fact, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the demand for cosmetic dental work has actually doubled within the last five years. And among all of the various cosmetic treatments that are readily available, few are as exceptional as veneers! Here are a few must-know factors about veneers if you’re on the fence about receiving them to upgrade your pearly whites.

1. They Can Hide Most Aesthetic Flaws

Veneers are thin sheets of dental porcelain that can be bonded to the outer surfaces of compromised teeth. These coverings can effectively conceal most minor aesthetic flaws in teeth, and can correct a wide range of issues including but not limited to: chipped or cracked teeth, staining and discoloration, gaps between teeth, and more. But for serious issues like severe decay or missing teeth, veneers aren’t a viable option since they need a strong surface to be bonded to.

2. They Can Address One or Multiple Teeth

Veneers can conveniently treat any number of teeth, so long as the teeth are suitable to receive veneers. Whether it’s one tooth, two teeth, or an entire row, patients often have the freedom to pick and choose which teeth need treatment. Even partial veneers can be used to cover certain parts of teeth. Of course, your dentist will also provide insight and advice, in addition to clearing you for the treatment.

3. The Process Takes a Little Time

Veneers can’t just immediately be placed onto your teeth; there’s a bit of a particular process for receiving them. Your dentist must first prepare the teeth being treated by removing a small amount of enamel (usually 5mm or less) from their front surface. This allows the veneers to lay flush against your teeth and blend in seamlessly.

Your dentist must also take impressions of your mouth so that the veneers can be customized to fit inside. You might be given temporary veneers to wear while your permanent ones are being manufactured. Once they’re ready, they can be bonded (usually during a second appointment a week or two later). However, when you compare this timeline to some of the other options that can sometimes take weeks or months to complete, it’s relatively quick!

4. Minimal Extra Maintenance Is Required

Veneers require very minimal extra maintenance; since they’re bonded to your teeth, you simply need to continue to brush and floss daily as normal. This will preserve their integrity so that you’ll hopefully get at least 10 or so years out of them. Of course, you’ll still want to be mindful of poor oral habits like smoking, using your teeth as tools, and chewing on ice—these habits might harm your veneers! It’s also advisable to visit your dentist regularly so that they can ensure your veneers are still intact.

About the Author

Dr. Mike Hamid Mirsepasi received both his DDS and his MSD from the Rutgers University Dental School and has proudly served patients and families in the Richardson area for several years. His practice is thrilled to offer a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services. If you have any questions about the blog or you’d like to schedule a visit, you can contact his practice online or over the phone for additional assistance: (972) 231-5744.

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