Everyone has some cosmetic flaws with their smile — a chipped tooth, a gap between teeth, deep staining, and the like. Dental veneers from Clarendon Dental Arts can cover these flaws and give you a perfect, beautiful smile.
What Are Dental Veneers?
The idea behind dental veneers isn’t different than veneers used in furniture, where a thin layer of a high-quality wood covers lesser quality wood beneath. This is the case with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells placed over the fronts of your natural teeth to alter the tooth position, shape, size, and color. Veneers provide an aesthetic solution to various tooth imperfections. Dr. Fresch Gray prefers to use porcelain for our veneers because its appearance closely resembles that of natural tooth enamel, but she also offers composite resin veneers.
Types of Dental Veneers
At Clarendon Dental Arts, we offer two types of dental veneers:
- Porcelain Veneers
- Composite resin
Dr. Gray prefers porcelain due to its remarkable resemblance to natural tooth enamel in the way it reflects and absorbs light. However, composite resin veneers are also beautiful options for covering flaws with your teeth. They are slightly less expensive than porcelain veneers.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Veneers are the ultimate restoration for:
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained, discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or wear
- Providing an alternative to orthodontic work
What’s important to remember when considering having dental veneers placed on your teeth is that they are only a cosmetic solution. They must be applied onto the front surfaces of only healthy teeth. Issues such as decay or gum disease must be taken care of before veneers are applied. Veneers simply cover cosmetic problems.
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Photos
Kathy had bonded veneers on her two front teeth years ago that became discolored and chipped. Additionally, the width and sizes of these two teeth were different due to her original bite. Through orthodontics we moved her teeth with Invisalign for six months, did a minor laser procedure on her gums, and placed two new conservative (minimal preparation) veneers.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Veneers?
There are two things to consider when thinking about veneers. First, your teeth must be healthy enough to take the veneers. Serious orthodontic movement or deep cracks or decay would also need to be taken care of. Second, having veneers is a permanent arrangement and is irreversible. Those teeth will always need a veneer covering the front surface, or they will need to be crowned. Otherwise, as long as your teeth are healthy and you want to upgrade your cosmetic smile, there’s nothing like veneers to do so.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
You could ask, “What are the benefits of having a perfect smile?” Having veneers placed on your teeth can make your smile basically perfect. And you can do so without more involved treatments, such as orthodontics to close a gap or an implant or crown to replace a chipped tooth. You’ll be proud to show off your beautiful smile with your new veneers, which can really change your confidence.
What Is the Process of Getting Veneers with Dr. Fresch Gray?
Dental veneers require two appointments with the team at Clarendon Dental Arts. We start with a thorough cleaning. We may opt to perform some whitening if your teeth are stained from coffee and the like; this will return them to their natural color. To match that natural color, Dr. Fresch Gray uses a shade guide to determine the veneer color.
Then it’s time to prepare your teeth for the veneers. To do this, Dr. Fresch Gray may shave a tiny amount of the enamel from the front of the teeth (from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm). This makes room for the veneers on the front side of each tooth. Sometimes no enamel needs to be removed if they are ‘no prep’ veneers. When this process is complete, we take impressions of your teeth and send these off to the dental lab for the fabrication of your custom veneers. In most cases, this takes around one week. In the meantime, we place temporary veneers onto your teeth to protect them.
When your veneers arrive at our office, you return for your second appointment. Dr. Gray checks the fit and the color match of each veneer. Once satisfied with the fit, the veneers are permanently cemented onto your teeth, and you’re ready to go out and smile for the world.
Porcelain Veneers Patient Testimonial
“I have been going to Clarendon Dental Arts for 4 years. Dr Fresch and her staff are outstanding. I know this because I have had extensive dental work done including veneers, crowns, fillings. I highly recommend Dr Fresh and her staff. They are truly the best! The professionalism, the care, the quality of the work are all beyond stellar.”
Deidre D. – August 2017
Veneers and Invisalign
Nancy was not a candidate for major orthodontic treatment. However, with Invisalign we corrected the lower crowding issue and straightened her teeth, and then addressed her anterior (front) bite issues with veneers.
How Do I Care for My New Veneers?
Dental veneers don’t require any special cleaning or maintenance at home, just regular brushing and flossing. While you can eat basically whatever you like, you may want to avoid things such as hard tiny carrots or chewing on bones, as veneers can sometimes crack like your own teeth. Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining, so they will maintain their brilliance for the long term. Composite veneers are still more stain-resistant than natural tooth enamel, but they will stain over time.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
A set of porcelain veneers can last anywhere from seven to 20 years. This sounds like a wide range, but their longevity is due to the health of the underlying teeth and gums. Nightly bruxism is very hard on veneers, as are certain bad habits such as chewing ice. These kinds of things can shorten the lifespan of your veneers. If a veneer does come off for some reason, brake in most cases it can be reattached or remade.
You do need to remember that veneers, porcelain or composite, are a lifetime arrangement. Once veneers are placed on teeth, those teeth will always need to be covered by veneers to protect them (or the teeth can be crowned, as well). When veneers do reach their lifespan, you’ll need to have another set made and placed.