What Are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are the best way to achieve a bright, straight, healthy-looking smile if life didn't give you one. If you have a smile that you may not be happy with, you may not have to live with it a moment longer.

Dental veneers have long been popular among celebrities who want to flash dazzling smiles. Now, that same technology is available to you from your favorite dentist.

Dental veneers:

  • Look completely natural.

  • Can last 10 to 15 years.

  • Don't have to be removed every night.

  • Keep your remaining natural teeth strong.

What Are Dental Veneers Made From?

If you've decided to get veneers, you have a choice of porcelain or resin. The ones you choose will depend on your budget and the advice of your dentist.

Resin Veneers

Many people get veneers made from composite resin. These are an especially good option if you only have one or two teeth to cover.

Benefits of Resin Veneers

  • They are less expensive than porcelain veneers.

  • They're made from the same safe, proven materials that are used to make natural-looking fillings.

  • Your dentist can make them right in the office. Porcelain veneers must be made by an offsite dental lab.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is one of the strongest natural materials. Porcelain has a natural gleam that makes it very similar to human teeth.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • They look, feel and shine the way natural teeth do.

  • They are strong and long-lasting.

  • They can be reshaped to fit each individual tooth for a totally natural look.

  • They can be placed on a shaped tooth or with a new, faster "no-prep" method.

What's Involved in Getting Dental Veneers?

If your dentist has determined that veneers are a good choice, here's what you can expect from the process. The following procedure is necessary for each tooth that you're covering with a veneer.

  1. Your dentist gives you a local anesthetic.

  2. Your dentist grinds the tooth to reshape it.

  3. The process removes part of the tooth and the tooth enamel.

  4. Your dentist then places the veneer onto the remaining tooth structure.

  5. Your doctor uses dental cement to adhere the veneer. The cement is hardened with ultraviolet light.

  6. In the no-prep method, your dentist only removes a small part of the enamel. The procedure is quick and may not require an anesthetic.

How Are Veneers Different from Crowns and Implants?

Implants replace missing teeth. Crowns are full coverage restorations for existing teeth. Veneers cover the front of your teeth only.

Are Dental Veneers Right for You?

If you dislike the look of your smile, a veneer may be a good option for you. Your dentist can discuss the drawbacks and benefits of such treatment.

The best way to make the determination is with a thorough dental exam. Visit your dentist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo a veneer procedure.

Malan Family Dentistry Can Help You Get a Beautiful Smile

If you're not happy with the way your teeth look, call Malan Family Dentistry for an appointment. We'll start with a thorough exam to assess the health of your gums and teeth. After that, we can advise you on the best way to get the beautiful, natural-looking smile you want.