What Are Dental Veneers?
If you’re unhappy with the shape, color or spacing of your teeth, dental veneers can make a remarkable difference in your smile — and your self-confidence. Veneers are thin, translucent facings that are applied to your teeth to create a smile that looks attractive and natural. At West Coast Dental, we combine our dental skills and cosmetic artistry to bring about dramatic changes to your teeth, usually in just a couple of office visits.
Who Should Consider Getting Dental Veneers?
You are eligible for veneers as long as the structure of your teeth and roots are intact. Patients with gum disease or cavities must be treated for these conditions before qualifying for veneers.
- Tooth Discoloration
Over time, teeth may become stained or discolored from drinking wine, tea or coffee. Enamel erosion can greatly diminish the overall appearance of your teeth. Dental veneers can be used to cover up discolored teeth and create a whiter, brighter smile.
- Damaged Teeth
Veneers can also cover teeth that have been chipped, cracked or broken due to decay or trauma. As long as the tooth structure is in place, veneers can be used to hide damaged teeth.
- Teeth Displacement
Dental veneers may be a viable alternative to braces for improving the appearance of crooked teeth. Veneers may be used to fix minimal gaps between teeth or slight alignment issues. They may also be helpful if you want to minimize the appearance of a tooth that appears more prominent in your smile. However, if your bite needs to be corrected, braces will likely be required.
- Painless Procedure
Unlike crowns, dental veneers require minimal adjustment to your teeth to accommodate the veneer. Typically, the dentist will remove a thin layer of tooth enamel prior to veneer application. Discomfort during veneer preparation is minimal.
Types of Veneers
There are a few types of veneers available depending on your preferred approach. Dental veneers vary in material, preparation required and overall durability.
- Traditional Veneers
Traditional dental veneers are typically made of porcelain or composite resin. The porcelain veneer is often chosen for its durability and aesthetic appeal. Porcelain is a more durable material than resin.
- No-Prep Veneers
No-prep veneers are less expensive than traditional veneers and do not require your dentist to alter your teeth to prepare for their application. Because they are made of thin laminate, they are less durable than traditional veneers. They also do not hide dental imperfections as well as traditional veneers.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of durable, nonporous ceramic material that give your smile a more uniform appearance. Porcelain veneers have a long history of being used in dentistry because of their durability and natural appearance.
- Natural Results
Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural tooth enamel. In fact, they reflect light in a similar way to your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers can be customized to fit the shade, shape and size of your surrounding teeth.
- Customized Treatments
Most patients have different goals and expectations for their smile. Your dentist will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that uses porcelain veneers to deliver the exact results you want.
The Veneers Process and Stages
During your initial consultation, your dentist will consider a variety of factors including your face shape, bite and oral health. You and your dentist will discuss your smile goals and any questions you may have. Once your treatment plan is set, the veneers process involves the following stages:
Stage 1: Preparation and Temporary Veneers
To prepare your teeth, your dentist will lightly buff the surface to remove a thin layer of enamel. Then, he or she will take an impression of your teeth which will be used to create your unique set of veneers. Your dentist will put temporary veneers in place to help protect your teeth from hot and cold sensitivity. They also make your teeth appear uniform as you wait for your permanent set.
Stage 2: Permanent Veneers and Cosmetic Adjustments
After removing your temporary veneers, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned. Then, your permanent veneers will be bonded in place using removable glue. Your dentist will make any final cosmetic adjustments that are needed.
After the Procedure
Take care of your veneers the same way you care for your teeth with regular brushing, flossing and dental visits. Do not brush with abrasive toothpaste. You should also avoid biting your nails or chewing on any hard materials to protect your veneers.
Getting Your Dental Veneers at West Coast Dental
At West Coast Dental, we have the tools, expertise and training needed to give you a beautiful, natural smile using dental veneers.
Team of Board-Certified Specialists
We have board-certified cosmetic dentists nearby ready to serve you. To consult with one of our dentists about how we can help make your smile whiter and brighter, book an appointment today.
For your convenience, we offer same-day appointments in case you require immediate care. Our dentists will care for your dental veneer needs as quickly and safely as possible.
Insurance and Payment Options
To make it easy to afford dental veneers, we offer flexible payment options. We also accept a wide range of dental insurance programs.
What should I not eat after a fluoride treatment and for how long?
You should try to avoid rinsing, eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes after the treatment to give it time to absorb and seal. The longer you can wait, the more time it will have to work. If you do eat, try soft foods and avoid hot drinks and alcohol for at least six hours after the treatment.
How long do veneers last?
With proper application and care, porcelain veneers can last 10 years or more. Durable porcelain will not stain or discolor like tooth enamel.
How much do dental veneers cost?
The cost of dental veneers varies based on the materials used, the number of veneers needed and the skills/experience of the dentist applying them. The average cost of porcelain veneers ranges from $800 to $2,500 per tooth.
What is the difference between veneers and crowns?
In general, veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment while crowns are classified as protective. Crowns are attached to the teeth to help strengthen them if there are cracks, fractures or severe decay. They may also be used after a root canal or to support a dental bridge. Some types of crowns may help to improve the appearance of your smile.
What is the appropriate age to get porcelain veneers?
To qualify for veneers, patients should have their full set of adult teeth and be at least 16 years of age.
Will porcelain veneers dry out my mouth or cause my mouth to smell?
No. Veneers should not cause these issues. If you experience dry mouth or foul-smelling breath, you may need to improve your dental hygiene habits or consult your dentist for help.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent feature in your mouth because your teeth are altered to accommodate them. Veneers can be removed and replaced, as needed.
Will I have tooth sensitivity following the placement of my veneers?
You may experience sensitivity to hot and cold for the first few days following the application of your veneers. This is caused by the removal of the top layer of enamel to accommodate the veneers.
How can I preserve my porcelain veneers if I grind my teeth?
A custom mouth guard can help protect your veneers from damage caused by teeth grinding. If needed, your dentist can create a mouth guard using an impression of your mouth.
What foods can I eat immediately following my treatment?
For the first few days following veneer placement, eat only soft foods. This allows your teeth to adjust to and bond with the veneers. Your dentist can make specific dietary recommendations that will continue to support healthy gums during this time.