If you want to enhance your smile, dental veneers are a simple option! Dental veneers are a practical and popular solution to achieving the look of your teeth you desire, whether they are misshapen, chipped, or have gaps between teeth. Dental veneers are thin custom made covers that adhere to the front surface of your teeth to improve their appearance with a more classically shaped look. Dental veneers are made of tooth colored materials and will be made to match the surrounding teeth identically. They can be used to improve the color of teeth that become mis-colored or stained. They can fills gaps between teeth or improve the shape of a tooth that has chipped. Kingston Family Cosmetic Dentistry offers a variety of dental veneer options to choose from. Talk to Dr. Lee about what option is best for you.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are two types of tooth veneers that are commonly used: Porcelain veneers and Composite Resin veneers. Dr. Lee will help you choose the material that is best for you. Each type of veneer has its own benefits. We will explore each type below:
Porcelain Veneers are highly durable – they resist stains well. Porcelain veneers are created with a material that gives them a very natural look. The properties of the material also helps to create a very natural tooth look. Unlike porcelain veneers, a porcelain veneer is custom-made in a laboratory to fit on the tooth. Another bonus with Porcelain Veneers is that less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap.
Composite resin veneers are applied directly to the teeth. They are made from a tooth-colored filling material which is then bonded to the tooth. Composite resin veneers have a shorter lifespan than porcelain veneers, but they cost less than porcelain veneers. They are not made in a laboratory. The veneers are smoothed and polished to look like natural teeth. Composite resin veneers are easy to fix if they get damaged, although they are typically not as durable as porcelain veneers. Composite resin veneers usually take just one visit to the dentist!
Whether Porcelain Veneers or Composite Resin Veneers is the right choice for you is up to you and your doctor. Dr. Lee will sit with you and consult on which dental veneers suits your personal needs. So if your teeth are stained or discolored, crooked, misshapen, chipped or broken, or you have unwanted spaces between them, don’t hesitate any longer – contact Dr. Lee and get that smile you deserve!
Be Healthy Before Dental Veneers!
Before you get veneers, you should have healthy teeth and gums. Any gingivitis should be treated beforehand, as well as any tooth decay. If you grind your teeth, veneers may not be right for you, as they can chip; speak with Dr. Lee. Remember this is a process that cannot be undone once the enamel is removed so you have to be fully committed. Also, remember veneers can come loose and new ones may be needed over time. Discuss your expectations of veneers with Dr. Lee and get regular dental visits to stay healthy!
Be Healthy After Dental Veneers!
After you get veneers, take good care of your teeth! No biting your fingernails, ice or chewing on pens. You don’t want them to crack or break. Take your time getting used to the new feel of your veneers; pretty soon it will feel comfortable and you will not notice. If your bite does not feel right however, speak up. Keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy by brushing and flossing. Use products that have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance!