Veneers are a natural-looking cosmetic treatment that can provide a dramatic smile makeover.
Dental veneers are one of our specialties at Belmont Family Dentistry. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of a single tooth or to provide a dramatic smile makeover. Patients choose veneers to:
- Close gaps between two teeth
- Correct teeth that are uneven lengths or sizes
- Straighten teeth that are slightly misaligned
- Whiten a badly stained tooth
- Restore chipped or damaged teeth
- Cover over a tooth that is malformed
In order to apply veneers, a small amount of enamel is removed from the tooth surface, then your custom-made veneers are bonded onto them, wrapping slightly around the sides and biting edge for a natural appearance. We offer long-lasting porcelain veneers, which are carefully crafted using layers of porcelain to mimic the look of real teeth, and also composite veneers, which are more affordable, but do not last as long and are more prone to stains.
Because veneers are a long-term commitment, it’s important to find a provider who takes the time to design the size and shape of your teeth to fit your mouth. The goal of veneers is for you to look like yourself, only better—you don’t want people to take one look at your smile and know you have veneers. When this happens, it’s usually because the veneers are too bulky or big. Any dentist can give you great teeth, but if they don’t match your face, they simply won’t look natural.
When designing your smile, we consider every detail—the shape and size of your lips, the number of teeth that you show when you smile, and the number of teeth you’d like to show after getting your veneers. We even design your veneers to match your gender, as women usually have rounder teeth while men have more rectangular teeth with sharper angles. By taking your whole face into consideration, we can craft the perfect set of veneers for you.
There are several types of veneers:
Porcelain veneers are the longest-lasting and most aesthetically-pleasing type of veneer. They are created in a lab to the exact specifications of the dentist and mimic the look of natural enamel, using multiple thin layers of porcelain. The size, color, shape, and fit are fully customized.
Made using BPA-free composite resin in our office, these are less expensive than porcelain veneers. They can alter the appearance of tooth color, size, or shape and can be an effective solution for less extensive cosmetic improvements. They are fully customized as are the porcelain veneers, but the composite material is somewhat susceptible to staining and does not last as long as porcelain.
Prefabricated resin veneers are not customized to the shape and fit of your teeth, although they do come in different sizes and shapes. We do not recommend instant veneers because they do not provide the appearance, quality, or durability of custom veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Veneers
Do veneers ruin your teeth?
It’s a common misconception that veneers ruin your teeth, but they require only removing a small amount of enamel, which doesn’t compromise the health or structure of the teeth at all. It does mean, though, that you will always need to have veneers—you can’t simply change your mind and take them off, as your teeth won’t have adequate enamel for protection.
Are veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers may need replacement at some point, but they can last for decades with proper care.
Do you have to brush veneers?
Yes, you have to brush and floss veneers just like you would your natural teeth. While the veneers themselves cannot get cavities, the rest of your natural teeth under the veneers still can.
Can veneers be done in one day?
There are some types of veneers that can be done in a day, but we don’t recommend them. For a realistic appearance, strength, and longevity, it’s best to have your veneers custom-made for you. These types of veneers take two appointments.
How many teeth do you get veneers on?
As many as you want! Some patients only need a single veneer, while others have veneers applied to all of the teeth that show when they smile.