If you have a crack or chip in your teeth, you may be looking for a repair option. For a natural-looking and durable repair option, you’ll want to consider a veneer. Veneers are strong, sturdy, and attractive prosthetics that will give you back your smile and repair damage that has occurred to your tooth.

Why Veneers?

There are a few reasons why patients get veneers. Veneers are often used to repair chips and cracks in teeth caused by accidents. If the chip is very minor, dental bonding may be enough. If the damage is severe, a dental crown will need to be placed. For cracks and chips in-between, veneers are the best choice. They provide extra stability while also improving the aesthetic appearance of the damaged tooth.

Veneers are also used to help with discoloration and stains. For those that use tobacco, drink a lot of coffee and tea, and so on, stains are probably an issue. Veneers remove the discoloration and provide the patient with a whiter smile.

Veneers may be the right choice to repair misaligned, worn down, and uneven teeth, as well. They can be used to close gaps between teeth and restore the appearance and function of a patient’s teeth. Veneers can even help to protect the teeth of a patient.

Veneers Materials

The main materials used for the production of dental veneers are porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain is a popular option due to how well it mimics natural teeth, along with its stain resistance. To see which material is right for your repair, speak with your dentist at Kelly Road Dental. We’ll help you to pick the perfect material to meet your needs.

The Benefits of Veneers

Veneers are an excellent option for creating a natural appearance that is also sturdy. Porcelain veneers look very similar to natural teeth, and most of the time people won’t even notice they are there. They are also tolerated by gum tissue well.

A Note About Veneers

It’s important to understand going in that veneers are irreversible. When veneers are placed, enamel is removed from the tooth. Also, if the veneer gets a crack or chip, it can’t be repaired. While this is the case, it is still much better than the alternative (replacing the entire crown of the tooth). Just be sure to take good care of your veneers so they don’t get damaged.

The Veneer Placement Process

If you have a damaged or discolored tooth, you’ll first want to visit the dentist to see what your options are for repair. They may decide on dental bonding, a veneer, or a dental crown. If the issue is very severe, they may need to extract the tooth. Once your dentist examines the tooth, they will determine the best choice.

If your dentist has decided that a veneer is the right option, they will create an impression of your tooth and send it to a lab for fabrication. From there, your dentist will provide you with an anesthetic and will begin removing the enamel. Around ½ millimeter is removed from the enamel to allow for the placement of the veneer. Your dentist may place a temporary veneer while the final veneer is being fabricated. The fabrication process may take a few weeks. Once the final veneer has arrived, your dentist will check that the color matches the rest of the tooth. They will then rough up the surface of the tooth and place the cement. They will shape the veneer to fit perfectly. They will also do a few bite evaluations.

After a few weeks, your dentist will have you come in for a follow-up. They will check to make sure the veneer is sitting on the tooth well and the gums haven’t reacted to the veneer. Once this is done, you are good to go!

Aftercare

It’s important to understand that a veneer only replaces a portion of your tooth. The rest of your tooth is still natural, as are the gums that surround the tooth. Even with a veneer, you can get a cavity, root canal infection, and more. You can also get gum disease around the tooth. Continue to brush, floss, and rinse twice a day, every day to ensure the health of the tooth, the surrounding gums, and the rest of your oral health. Visiting the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup should also be part of your oral healthcare routine. During this time your dentist will check for oral health issues, perform a professional cleaning, and will check your veneer.

Another thing to consider is that veneers can become discolored over time, like with natural teeth. Avoid red wine, coffee, tea, soda, and other foods and beverages that stain your teeth. This will ensure your veneer stays whiter for longer.

How Long Will My Veneer Last?

With proper care, your veneer can last a long time. With that said, it won’t last forever. Veneers can last anywhere between 10 and 30 years. A large part of how long they last are how well you take care of your tooth. If your tooth is damaged by decay, eating hard food, or an accident, your veneer can be damaged. Make sure you take good care of your oral health and avoid eating hard foods to ensure the longevity of your veneer.

Contact Kelly Road Dental Today!

If you have a chipped, cracked, discolored, or otherwise damaged tooth or teeth, reach out to Kelly Road Dental. We’ll take a look and see if you are a good candidate for veneers. If not, we’ll match you up with the right repairs to meet your needs.

If you don’t already have an appointment in the books for your next cleaning and checkup, make sure you reach out and get that booked today! For any questions about insurance coverage and payment options, let us know.

We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your oral healthcare needs!