What Are Veneers And Do I Need Them?

What Are Veneers And Do I Need Them?

Veneers are often used in dental work because they are less intrusive than crowns or braces. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) defines a veneer as a “thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel.” Veneers are custom designed so they fit each patient precisely, giving the appearance of your natural teeth. The procedure is completed in a series of in-office visits.

Why Are Veneers Used?

Veneers are often used to close small gaps or correct slight misalignments. In addition, patients often choose to veneers for cosmetic reason – enhance their smile, brighten teeth, or straighten smile – but the procedure also works for repairing damaged teeth. Veneers are a good solution to discoloration, fractures, or a chipped tooth.

Veneers Process

Porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 20 years, which makes them a great option for correcting a dental issue. The process to place veneers on your teeth should typically take one to two visits. If you’re planning to get veneers in Georgetown, here’s the process for the procedure:

  • Anesthesia is typically not used for veneers, but depending on your sensitivity, it can be implemented if needed. The dentist will clean the tooth and get the right color shade for the veneer. Then, the dentist will remove a very small portion of the tooth enamel to make room for the veneer.
  • An impression of your tooth will be made and a temporary veneer will be used.
  • Once the porcelain veneer is created and delivered to your dentist, the temporary veneer is removed and the tooth is cleaned. The porcelain veneer is placed on the tooth and lightly cured for about one minute to ensure it attaches to the tooth properly.
  • Your dentist will remove any excess material and polish the veneer.

Please note, that it is important for maintenance and upkeep to schedule follow-up appointments every six months.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Depending on where you live, the cost of veneers can vary from $800 to $2,000 per tooth. It’s important to note that the veneers will eventually need to be replaced, so you’ll want to care for your investment properly. You should brush and floss your veneers as you would natural teeth and consider limiting your intake of foods and liquids likely to stain – red wine, coffee, and soda.

It’s also important to avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard candy and ice cubes, which can cause micro fractures in the veneer and reduce the life span of the dental work. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night, you will want to speak to your dentist about possibly wearing a night guard to help protect your teeth.

Rinehart Dentistry – Georgetown & Pawleys Island

If you have additional questions regarding veneers, schedule a consultation today in our Georgetown (843.545.1295) or Pawleys Island (843.314.3935 ) dentistry office. Don’t forget to ask about our Clean Team Savers Club, a worry-free way to save on your dental needs.

 

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