Questions about Dental Veneers

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers is another name for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic that can be applied to teeth to improve their shape, size, color, or orientation.

How are dental veneers used?

Dental veneers can be used to correct many cosmetic complaints people have about their smiles. This includes:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth
  • Gapped smile
  • Chipped teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Dental veneers can be applied singly or several at a time to give a completely new smile.

Who is a candidate for dental veneers?

The ideal candidate for dental veneers has:

  • Healthy teeth
  • Healthy gums
  • Healthy bite

Teeth that are decayed cannot support dental veneers, but may be able to be reshaped or concealed with a dental crown. Gum disease threatens both your teeth and the veneers they support. If a poor bite has led to wear or damage to your natural teeth, it may also lead to damage to veneers.

What is the dental veneer procedure like?

The dental veneer procedure involves three basic steps. First, you will talk to cosmetic dentist Dr. Becky Coats about your treatment goals and she will help you devise a treatment plan.

Next, your teeth will be prepared to receive your veneers. A small amount of enamel is removed from your teeth. This allows the dental veneers to create a natural-looking smooth surface to your teeth. It helps avoid an unnatural, bulky appearance to your teeth. Then impressions will be taken of your prepared teeth and sent to the dental lab along with your treatment plan. The lab will then craft your dental veneers. This may take a couple weeks. During this time you will wear temporary veneers.

Once your veneers are ready, you will return to the office and have them fitted. You will get a chance to look at your new smile before they are permanently bonded to your teeth.

How do I care for dental veneers?

Caring for dental veneers is mostly like caring for your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day. You’ll want to avoid abrasive toothpastes, but otherwise brushing them is the same. Remember to floss every day. If you get decay in your teeth behind the veneers, you may need to have your veneers replaced.

Also, avoid using your teeth as tools. Just like with natural teeth, using your veneered teeth to open beer bottles or crack nuts can damage them.

Finally, make sure you make your regular dental check-ups. This will help us monitor the health of your teeth and detect potential problems.

What if I lose a veneer?

If you lose a veneer, please put it someplace safe and make an appointment to come in. We can rebond the veneer and it will be as good as new.

How long do dental veneers last?

When properly cared for dental veneers should last a decade or more. Some recent studies suggest that perhaps 83% of dental veneers last 20 years, which means that 5 out of 6 veneers may be functional and in place at 20 years.

Have more questions about dental veneers? We’ll be happy to answer them. Please contact Grapevine Dental Care in Grapevine, Texas today for more information. Call our Dallas area office at (817) 481-6888.