Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise! If you are one of the many Americans thinking about cosmetic dentistry, veneers have very possibly caught your eye. With their ability to makeover teeth that are broken, crooked, worn, discolored, or even close spacing, they are quite literally an eye-catching way to improve your smile quickly without the hassle of braces or whitening that may cause dental sensitivities. If you are considering veneers, read through our FAQs to see if they are right for you!
Should I get porcelain or composite veneers?
There are a number of factors you will want to keep in mind such as treatment process, short-term and long-term budget, and your desired outcome.
Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain upfront, but they are not as strong as porcelain veneers. Since they are more porous, they will need to be maintained more regularly. This veneer type is rarely a permanent fixture, so your long-term budget is something to consider. However, another advantage is that they only require one dentist visit to place. Dentists use the same dental bonding method to place the composite veneers as a composite filling.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are a much stronger and more natural-looking alternative, so if you want to achieve major changes to your smile, porcelain veneers will likely be the better option. Unlike composite veneers, porcelain keeps luster and do not change color. So, though they may be more expensive on the front end, they need less maintenance overall.
How are the veneers placed on my teeth?
For composite veneers, your dentist will first start by checking your teeth. It is important that there is enough natural tooth to adhere the veneer to. In some cases, the tooth must be prepared before bonding, but this is only a very thin layer of enamel for the treatment process to work. After the tooth is prepared, the white filling material is added in thin layers to your tooth. A LED light hardens the composite. Your dentist will repeat these steps until you are left with the desired result.
The process for porcelain veneers is a slightly different process, as no matter what, a thin layer must be shaved off of the tooth before adhering the porcelain. Your dentist will place a temporary veneer until your porcelain veneers are created in the lab and placed at a later appointment, usually about two weeks after. Once the fit of the veneer is checked, it will be placed permanently.
How do I care for my veneers?
Each mouth is different, so any special care requirements will be explained by one of our certified professionals. However, keeping to a good oral hygiene routine comprised of brushing and flowing and regular dental appointments is crucial. Your new veneers cannot decay, but your teeth underneath can. We always recommend a fluoride toothpaste to combat decay twice a day, combined with floss and mouthwash!
To discuss veneers or other oral health needs, come see us at TruBlu Dentistry in Burbank, Chicago, or Hegewisch today! Our dental professionals are here to help you achieve your best smile!