Veneers are thin porcelain facings bonded to the front of the teeth. They are a conservative approach to improving the shape, color or alignment of your teeth and creating a natural beautiful smile.
Dental veneers are essentially a conservative crown. Rather than reducing the entire tooth 360 degrees, a cosmetic veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that covers the front/visible part of a tooth, preserving a large amount of the natural tooth structure. It wraps slightly over the edge of the tooth to help with retention of the veneer and add strength. Porcelain Veneers can straighten, lengthen, close gaps, repair chips, and whiten teeth to provide the desired effect. Each veneered tooth must be individually shaped. This means that a thin outer layer of the natural tooth structure is removed to allow space for dental veneer placement. Generally, the amount of tooth structure that is reduced is very minimal – about .8 mm to 1 mm. The veneer is bonded to the tooth, making it very strong. Weisbard Dental, Greenwood Village, uses thin porcelain veneers to improve the shape, color, and creating a naturally beautiful teeth and smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do veneers last?
Porcelain Veneers are strong and can last for many years, possibly even a lifetime with good oral care. There are many different reasons someone would need to replace dental veneers or cosmetic crown. Cosmetic dental techniques have advanced dramatically over the last decade. Some dental veneers/crowns made a long time ago are not as white and natural looking because we didn’t have the same porcelain materials we have today. In the past, metal may have been used under cosmetic crowns for the front teeth, creating a gray, blue, or greenish color at the gumline. The reason for replacement may be entirely for aesthetic purposes. Another cause for replacement may be due to gum recession, which allows the edges of the veneer or crown to show (where the veneer ends and the natural tooth begins). Poor home care, lack of proper brushing and flossing or neglecting your regularly-scheduled dental hygiene cleanings can cause the teeth to decay around the margins of the veneer/crown, resulting in the need for replacement of the restoration. Dr. Weisbard places 100% metal-free, all-porcelain restorations on all front teeth.
Braces or veneers?
If you are not happy with the shape and color of your teeth, then orthodontic teeth straightening may be a good option for you. Invisalign may be a great alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign is the latest generation of “invisible” braces. Though not always necessary, some people will choose to undergo some teeth straightening prior to being fitted with cosmetic porcelain veneers for the best positioning of the teeth.
Will veneers eventually stain?
Porcelain veneers are non-porous and will not stain or discolor. Bonded composite veneers do stain and chip and need regular maintenance.
What is bonding and how is it different from a veneer?
Bonding is the use of a composite resin material to cover the tooth in order to change shape, fill chips, or build up the tooth. The disadvantage is that it will discolor over time since it is a porous material and is more prone to breakage than a veneer. It may require more maintenance to resurface or repair over a number of years. It is not as “permanent” a restoration as a veneer.