Dental veneers are custom-made coverings that fit over teeth in order to improve their appearance. These coverings are typically made from porcelain or resin composite and have a natural colouring to help them blend in with the surrounding teeth. They are used on discoloured teeth, chipped or broken teeth, uneven teeth and teeth that have a worn appearance. They can also be used to help close gaps between teeth. If you’re considering veneers, here’s some key information that you should know.

Expected lifetime

Dental veneers generally wear well and have a typical lifespan of about 7 to 20 years. The difference in lifespan often depends on how well the veneers are cared for. Some people need to have their veneers replaced or fixed if they chip or come away from the teeth. It’s important to note that veneers sometimes require adjustments due to changes in your teeth and gum tissue.

Porcelain vs. Resin veneers

Porcelain and resin veneers are both effective at improving the appearance of teeth, but there are a few differences between them.

Porcelain veneers:

  • are less likely to become stained
  • look more natural than resin ones due to their ability to reflect light the same way as natural teeth

Resin veneers:

  • are usually less complicated to put in place, as they are thinner
  • require dentists to remove only a minimal amount of the original teeth they are placed onto

Number of visits required for placing dental veneers

Getting dental veneers placed usually requires a few dental visits. The first visit is a consultation to determine which type of veneer is best for your teeth. The other visits involve preparing your teeth, making impressions of them and bonding each veneer to the tooth surface.

You might also need a dental appointment a few weeks after having your veneers placed to ensure that they are fitting properly and are not causing any problems with your gums.

Taking care of your veneers

Caring for these tooth coverings does not require any additional steps besides daily brushing and flossing together with regular dental check-ups. Remember that your teeth can still become decayed with these coverings on.

Dental veneers are a great option for restoring or improving a smile and your dentist is the best person to determine if they are appropriate for your particular situation. Call our friendly reception staff today to make an appointment to talk with your dentist about whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of dental procedure.

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