Dental veneers are one of the most popular options in restorative cosmetic dentistry today. Made of thin, durable porcelain or resin composite material, veneers are basically custom-made shells that are tooth-colored and designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Veneers are permanently bonded to teeth in order to fix one of many issues, such as discoloration, misalignment or chipping. In addition to correcting problems with the teeth, veneers will provide the affected tooth with a sturdy substructure that is very strong and durable.
Because there are different types of veneers recommended for various reasons, it is a good idea to discuss your options with Dr. Nishimura before moving forward. In addition to providing you with a natural-looking structure around the teeth, cosmetic dental veneers have many benefits and are routinely designed to fix a handful of very common teeth issues.
Problems That Cosmetic Dental Veneers Can Fix
Dental veneers are used to fix some of the following issues related to teeth:
- Discoloration – this may be due to staining from drugs, excessive fluoride, a root canal treatment or the presence of large resin fillings that have led to discoloration
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped, broken or cracked
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps in between them (veneers are used to close the space between the teeth in this case)
If you are suffering from one of these issues or others, contact our office today.
The Advantages of Cosmetic Dental Veneers
Beyond fixing a cosmetic dental issue, there are numerous advantages to veneers that may be useful to know about before you decide whether or not they are right for you.
- They are resistant to staining – one of the top advantages of porcelain veneers is they are extremely stain resistant
- Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance – veneers won’t look ‘fake’, instead closely matching your natural tooth color and giving you a confident, beautiful smile
- Your gum tissue tolerates porcelain very well
- They can be used to cover over or conceal fillings that have become discolored – oftentimes old fillings can become stained and veneers are a great way to correct this
- Veneers are a less-invasive option for changing a tooth’s color and shape than some other dental procedures, such as crowns
- They do not require any special care – you can take care of veneers just like the rest of your teeth, brushing and flossing as you normally would
How Long Do Cosmetic Dental Veneers Last?
Veneers can last anywhere between 5 to 20 years or longer depending on one’s hygiene and periodic cleanings at our office.
If you and Dr. Nishimura have decided that veneers are the right choice for you, it is important to note this will typically require three trips to our office—the first visit will be for a consultation and the next two are for the construction and application of the veneers.