What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin facades of advanced ceramic material that is bonded to the front of your teeth. They are often called porcelain veneers because porcelain is what we call a white ceramic.

What are dental veneers used for?

Porcelain Veneers CentennialDental veneers are probably the most powerful procedure in cosmetic dentistry. They can be used to correct most of the common complaints people have about their smiles, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Gaps in smile
  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Small teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Poorly shaped teeth

Nearly anything that might make you think your smile is unattractive can be corrected with porcelain veneers. Even if you have multiple problems, porcelain veneers can correct them all at once.

What is the dental veneers process like?

First, we will have a consultation about your cosmetic goals. We will discuss what you hope to achieve with your veneers and talk about what you think your final smile should look like.

Once we have made a plan for your treatment, we will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers. This means removing a small amount of your natural tooth enamel so that the veneers will become the new visible surface of your teeth. Then we will take impressions of your teeth, which are sent to the lab to be used in crafting your new veneers.

It takes two or three weeks for your veneers to be made. While you are waiting for your new veneers, you will wear temporary veneers.

When your veneers arrive, we will check to make sure they’re the color we ordered, then try them on so you can see how they look. If you like them, they will be permanently bonded to your teeth.

Does it hurt to get dental veneers?

Generally not, although some people are more sensitive than others. Typically the depth of enamel removed from your teeth is very small, about as much as a filling. Local anesthesia is used when the enamel is removed, so you typically won’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, you might feel a slight soreness, controllable with over-the-counter medication.

How long do dental veneers last?

Dental veneers are made of a very advanced ceramic, so, although they are thin, they are very strong. Once they are bonded to your teeth they are even stronger. Studies show that more than 95% of veneers are still in place after 10 years, and nearly 85% are still in place after 20 years.

However, your veneers may not last as long due to:

  • Bad bite
  • Not taking proper care of the veneer or your teeth
  • Using your teeth as tools
  • Trauma

It’s impossible to say how long your veneers will last, but we have good confidence that they will give you many, many years for a beautiful smile.

To talk to a cosmetic dentist about dental veneers in Centennial, please call (303) 759-5652 or email Park Meadows Dental Care today.