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Thinking about Veneers? You want to Know These Details!

By: | Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 | Veneers

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

VeneersIf you’ve been considering how you can finally get the smile you picture yourself having, veneers have probably crossed your mind. These ultra-thin sheaths of porcelain, or a thin covering of composite material, can go far beyond just brightening up your smile. Veneers are hands-down the most versatile of all cosmetic treatments, capable of disguising tough stains, of closing gaps, of leaping buildings in a single bound! Oh wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Veneers are great. Let’s leave it at that. ┬áIf you think this treatment may be in your future, you want to know some of the finer details.

Veneers are pretty conservative.

Whether you choose a direct veneer (bonding), or a composite or porcelain indirect veneer that is made in a dental lab, your smile makeover can be completed without extensive tooth reduction. A veneer is only about as thick as a fingernail. So, this is how much surface enamel needs to be reduced. Without this step, there would be a slight ridge where the veneer meets the gums, and that would attract bacteria. We don’t want that.

Sensitive teeth may love veneers.

Veneers are intended as a cosmetic enhancement to the smile. There is no restorative value to speak of, really. That is, unless you are one whose teeth tend to be sensitive due to erosion. Because a veneer builds up the surface, it creates a barrier between the nerve and external factors such as hot or cold temperatures. This is very slight, but it may be enough for some patients to notice a decrease in sensitivity.

Upkeep is required.

A veneer that is affixed to the front surface of a tooth will not last forever. Veneers have a life expectancy of anywhere from five to 15 years. In some cases, however, with excellent care, dentists have seen veneers last up to 20 years. If a veneer is damaged or the bond becomes compromised at some point, it will be necessary to replace the porcelain or composite with a new covering. The good news is that porcelain needs to special upkeep to stay bright and white! Unlike natural enamel, this material is highly stain-resistant.

Your face shape may change.

This can be a big advantage, but one that you don’t want to sneak up on you. When you do a serious smile makeover, the overall appearance of your face may change – in a good way! Lips and cheeks may be better accentuated by your new smile, and facial symmetry may also improve.

Call the Burke office of Dr. Price at (703)750-9404 to learn more about veneers.



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