What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin covers that correct tooth imperfections. They are permanently bonded to the front of teeth that show when you smile. Only a very thin part of tooth is smoothed away which means the integrity of your teeth will be preserved. In fact, we just smooth away about .5mm.
A good veneer should look like a natural tooth and not look fake. And the process is quick and usually takes only two dental appointments.
Why do People get Dental Veneers?
Patients get dental veneers to resolve imperfections with their teeth. For example, veneers can be used to get a brighter smile with more symmetry. Veneers will treat the following cases:
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Discolored teeth that won’t whiten with bleaching
- Smiles that are not symmetrical
- Replace damaged enamel
Veneers vs Lumineers
Although both veneers are Lumineers are similar, they have several key differences. Veneers require more prep work and are more invasive to apply. However, they last much longer and are of higher quality.
On the other hand, Lumineers are often called “no-prep veneers”. As the name states, they take less time to apply. Lumineers are rarely used. In fact, they are only for minor adjustments to teeth that are already near perfection.
What are the Different Types of Dental Veneers?
Also known as “bonding”, this method is less time consuming and less invasive than indirect veneers. However, it has many disadvantages such as not looking as natural or lasting as long. With direct veneers, a composite resin is applied on the surface of your teeth and then hardened.
When people think of dental veneers, they are usually thinking of indirect veneers. This method involves smoothing off part of the tooth’s surface and then bonding a porcelain or ceramic veneer to the tooth. The indirect veneers are either made in a lab or in a CEREC machine.
What materials are veneers made from?
Although this is technically a metal, it looks like porcelain. It’s very similar to a ceramic material and is extremely durable.
These are at the lowest price point and has many disadvantages over porcelain. For example, the material is weaker than porcelain and is more likely to chip. Porcelain veneers are longer lasting and provides a more natural appearance.
This is what we typically use at Hampden Dental Loft. These are fabricated from lithium disciliate glass and look very similar to natural teeth. eMax is known for its beauty and strength. Another advantage of eMax is it’s very easy to match the color of your existing teeth. Of course, the patient can always go with a whiter shade if desired. To sum up porcelain, it’s longer lasting than the other materials and it provides a more natural appearance.
Who is a Candidate for a Veneer?
To be a candidate for veneers, the you need to have healthy teeth and gums. If there is gum disease or tooth decay, then you may not be a candidate. During a consultation exam Dr. Cha will be able to advise on if you are a candidate or not.
How to Take Care of Your Veneers After They’re Placed?
Recovery is quick. This means you can eat and chew food as usual. However, precautions must be taken and it’s advisable to not chew on hard objects such as ice or hard candy. Also, it’s a good idea to not use your teeth to open packages. And in the event, you grind your teeth at night, highly consider investing in a quality mouthguard.
And of course, advice on taking care of your veneers would not be complete without discussing oral hygiene. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth daily. When brushing use a timer and set it for 2 minutes.
Does Getting Veneers Hurt?
Local anesthesia is used when grinding a layer off the tooth for the veneer prep. Since you will be numb during this process, you won’t feel anything when grinding off the layer of tooth. However, some patients have bonding sensitivity which is a reaction between your teeth and bonding cement. This can cause a lot of pain and can last for several hours after the anesthesia wears off. The good news is you can take ibuprofen to treat this. Although not painful, gums can also have some soreness after the procedure.
How Long do Veneers Last?
Veneers typically last 10-15 years. In fact, they can last longer if you take good care of them. When they’ve reached the end of their life you will need get a new set.
Does Insurance Cover Dental Veneers?
Insurance usually does not cover the cost of veneers as it’s considered cosmetic.
Why get Veneers From our Greenwood Village Office?
When getting veneers, you’ll want to go with an experienced dentist that has state of the art technology at their disposal. At Hampden Dental Loft we’ve got you covered. Dr. Cha has a strong track record for placing veneers with high quality results.
Regarding technology we can do same day veneers in certain circumstances. Dr. Cha can discuss your options and what he recommends. Plus, you won’t have to take traditional gummy tooth impressions as we will use an iTero scanner for a digital scan.
If considering veneers, Dr. Cha would be happy to review your smile and discuss your options. And you can be sure that your new smile will look natural. Dr. Cha philosophy is to enhance peoples smile without it looking obvious that they have veneers. To learn more, contact our Greenwood Village office at 303-930-8828.