Everyone has their own special kind of smile, yet we all strive for the same “perfect” teeth. Social media influencers make us even more insecure about the minor flaws we have, even if most of those photos are heavily filtered.
The good news is that you don’t have to use filters to get the smile of your dreams. Instead, you can head to Serene Dental, where cosmetic dentistry is one of our specialties!
Cosmetic Dental Veneers
We regularly see patients who aren’t happy with what they think of as minor imperfections in our office. They may have small chips or cracks in a tooth, gaps and spaces they don’t like, and other “flaws.” The easy fix for many of these people is a veneer.
Veneers are tiny dental appliances that pack a mighty amount of power. The shells are made out of composite resin or porcelain. They’re bonded to the enamel of your tooth in a way that conceals a variety of problem areas.
These tiny shells are an investment in your dental health that will transform your smile. They’re a great fix, but just as with any investment, you should know more about them to see if they’re right for you.
Questions like “Are veneers permanent” and other common FAQs are answered for you in this guide.
Why Do Dentists Use Veneers?
Braces are often the first thing many people think of when they picture dental correctors. It’s true that they’re the way to straighten teeth that are severely crooked or need a full-mouth adjustment. What about the people who have one or two crooked teeth and don’t need a full set of braces?
If that sounds like you, and you’ve always thought you’re “stuck” with less than perfect teeth, a veneer could be your answer. The wafer-thin shells are also used to cover up chips, cracks, and gaps in teeth. Enamel damaged by grinding and clenching (bruxism) could be helped with veneers, too.
The uses of these dental appliances are extensive, and they’re an investment that will last a long time. However, how long depends on factors like what they’re made of and how well you take care of them.
Choosing Your Veneers
Having your veneers applied is the easy part. In fact, it’s possibly the most uncomplicated procedure you’ll ever undergo in a dental office. There’s no prep care or aftercare to worry about, and no anesthesia is necessary because most patients don’t feel any discomfort.
The process starts with an impression of your teeth. We’ll use a mold to match the shape and shade of your teeth. If you choose custom-made veneers, they take a short while to customize. Standard veneers can be sculpted and shaped to look similar to the rest of your teeth, but they may not be exactly the same.
As soon as your veneers are created, they’ll be adhered to your enamel with a special bonding agent. Once they set, you can eat, chew, and talk like usual.
The less simple part is deciding which kind of veneer you want. Both are excellent choices. Composite resin and porcelain are the go-to materials because they look similar to natural teeth enamel. And they’re durable enough to withstand the pressures of dental action.
The one that’s best for you depends on your individual needs. Understanding more about the two materials will guide you to your solution.
Composite Resin or Porcelain?
Composite resin and porcelain veneers are used around the world as dental fixes. They each have advantages and are beneficial in their own ways.
The most significant difference between composite resin and porcelain is the lifespan of each. Composite resin, when taken care of, can last a patient for around five years, whereas porcelain holds up for closer to 15 years or longer.
Another benefit of porcelain is that it’s as strong as human teeth enamel and possibly stronger! Not too much can damage these shells, making them perfect for people who love hard or sticky foods or play contact sports.
Composite resin is strong enough to hold up to normal wear and tear, but it damages easier than porcelain. However, repairing veneers is a simple enough procedure. If you notice yours is coming loose or looks damaged, call us at Serene Dental, and we’ll get you in and out quickly.
Veneers, similar to natural enamel, can become discolored over time. Porcelain is more resistant to staining than composite resin. This makes the material the better choice for people who use tobacco or drink a lot of coffee, tea, or soda.
Many people prefer composite resin because they’re less expensive. Porcelain shells must be customized, whereas composite resin shells are budget-friendly. If you’re in a hurry to fix your smile, standard veneers can be applied in as little as one visit.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a veneer that you can have applied and forget about when you leave the office, porcelain is the option to go with.
Either choice you make, the end result will be a beautifully transformed smile you love.
Making Your Veneers Last
Your veneers are an investment in your dental health that will last longer if you take care of your teeth. Your oral health habits, including how often you brush and floss, are essential. It’s also necessary to keep up with your regular dental checkups.
Preventative care is a key part of dental health. With checkups, we can check for early signs of problems and handle them before they become big issues. It’s also easier for us to monitor your veneers to watch for damage and fix it fast if it’s there.
Dental health ranges from preventative to corrective and restorative. Having a dental office that does it all in one building makes it easier for you.
When you use Serene Dental for all your oral hygiene needs, we’ll work with you to reach your dental goals. From maintaining good health to fixing any problems, our friendly office staff and expert professionals are ready to help you!