What are veneers and how do they work?
What are veneers?
Veneers are made up of a thin layer of porcelain which are fitted over the front sides of your teeth to mask chips, discoloration and other positioning flaws. They are made to match the color and shape of your own teeth, so choosing a doctor with a great visual aesthetic is very important. A strong cosmetic dentist, like Dr. Tina Saw or Dr. Thanh Luu here at Elevated Smiles in Carlsbad, will take the time to make sure the new veneer shape will not only enhance your smile, but also match perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
Composite bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers. A plastic material is shaped and bonded to the tooth. Ask your dentist what type of veneer is best for you. If you only need minor cosmetic enhancements, composite bonding may be better for you.
Do veneers hurt?
Veneers are not generally a painful process, as patience are numbed beforehand. Veneers may or may not require anesthesia and little of the original tooth structure is lost when they are placed, which are two key upsides to veneers. After numbness subsides, there is very little discomfort during the healing process.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers will last somewhere between 10 to 25 years, depending on your level of care and maintenance. Of course, proper dental care and hygiene is key to making veneers work for you. Brushing twice daily for 2 minutes, flossing daily, and wearing a bite guard at night is a great way to protect the veneers. Avoid eating very hard foods like nuts, or cracking shells with the front veneers. If you chew on ice or bite your nails, you’ll need to work towards nixing the habit in order to protect the veneers for years to come.
What do veneers cost?
An investment in your smile is an investment in your future, which is why you owe it to yourself to discuss veneers. To receive a customized Dental Treatment Plan, please visit this page to see some of our work and schedule a Free Cosmetic Consultation with one of our top Carlsbad cosmetic dentists- Dr. Tina Saw or Dr. Thanh Luu.
What is the process of getting veneers?
After the initial consultation and a review of your x-rays, you can expect the dentist to remove about 0.5mm of the enamel of your tooth as an initial preparatory step, to allow room for the new veneer.
If you are getting permanent veneers, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a mold, then fit you with temporaries. The mold will be sent to the laboratory and the veneers will be prepared within a week or two.
Once the new veneers arrive, the dentist will make sure everything is perfect before adhering them to your teeth with a cementing agent.
After the process is complete, your dentist will guide you on proper care and make sure you are scheduling regular cleanings to maintain the health of your new veneers.
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