Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or resin which are bonded to the teeth’s’ front surface. They’re designed to improve the appearance and function of one’s teeth. Veneers can withstand the test of time, if cared for properly. If you’re looking into dental veneers, continue reading to discover more about your options, how they work, and how long you can expect them to last.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers can change the look of your smile while also offering protection to your teeth and gums. Veneers can be made out of either thin, custom-made porcelain shells which cover the teeth or of resin that adheres to the surface of the teeth. Composite veneers can be constructed in just one visit to your dentist, while porcelain veneers typically require more than one visit. The two options of veneers can be shaped and color-matched to your existing teeth, ensuring an optimal look. They are both highly durable.
There are many benefits to dental veneers. Some of the most notable include:
- They can improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, chipped, crooked, or uneven.
- They’re a durable option that can last for many years with proper care.
- They’re less invasive than other dental procedures, such as crowns or implants.
- They can help to protect teeth from further damage.
Some individuals choose a full set of veneers to completely change the look of their smile, while others might opt for just one or two to cover certain teeth. In either case, you’ll work closely with your dentist to understand which option is best for you.
How Durable Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are incredibly durable and can stand up against normal wear and tear for years. Porcelain veneers can last for 15 years without needing to be replaced, while composite veneers are more likely to need repair or replacement sooner.
Why would dental veneers need to be replaced? A few common reasons include:
- Damage or wear caused by grinding or clenching your teeth at night (bruxism).
- Accidental damage such as cracking the veneer or dropping something on it.
- Discoloration caused by smoking, drinking coffee, tea, or red wine.
- A change in your smile’s appearance over time.
If you need to replace your dental veneers, there are a few things you should consider. First, the process is usually very simple and can be completed in a single visit. You’ll receive new veneers that are custom fit to your teeth’s unique shape and size. The procedure is like receiving dental veneers initially but will take less time, as there isn’t as much preparation needed beforehand. It’s possible to replace dental veneers without removing any surrounding tooth enamel.
You can improve the appearance of your smile in a single visit rather than going through a long process over a number of years. This minimally invasive procedure can boost your confidence and help protect your teeth for years to come. Speak with our team concerning the cost of veneers.
Reach Out to Columbia Smiles Today
Whether you want to improve the look of your smile or need veneers to fix chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, our team can help. Led by Dr. Michael Hsu, we’ll help you create the perfect smile and keep your teeth and gums healthy in the process. Our award-winning practice offers a comfortable environment where you’ll quickly feel at ease.
To schedule an appointment for dental veneers, an exam, or another dental service, contact Columbia Smiles at 410.690.4855.