Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin bonded over teeth' fronts to change their shape, color, or length. They repair fractured, discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth. Some patients use veneers to correct minor gaps between their teeth and other smile problems. At First Smile Family Dental, veneers are known for their natural-looking appearance, durability, and resistance to staining. With proper care, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, veneers can last for many years, providing an improved smile and increased self-confidence.
Types of Veneers
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory and offer excellent aesthetics and durability. They are stain-resistant and closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Porcelain veneers require tooth preparation and typically require two or more dental visits.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are made directly on the tooth surface using tooth-colored filling material. They can be completed during a dental visit and are less expensive than porcelain veneers. However, they may be more prone to staining and are generally less durable than porcelain veneers.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
- Improved aesthetic appeal
- Increased confidence
- Lessen the wear and tear on your natural teeth
- Correct the appearance of minor misalignments
- Change the color of teeth
- Cover small gaps between teeth
- Protect damaged teeth from further harm
The Procedure for Dental Veneers
During your appointment, the dentist will clean and polish your teeth and take an impression of your tooth or teeth. The impression will be used to create custom-fit veneers for your smile to have a natural, comfortable look. Before the treatment starts, your dentist will discuss the process details with you so you know exactly what to expect. Local anesthesia is given to have the custom-made veneers placed, and the teeth are slightly reduced so that the veneers will fit properly. Then a special cement is applied to the tooth, and the veneer is placed on top. Once the veneer is in place, a special light will harden the material and permanently hold it. Then the teeth are cleaned again to remove any excess material or cement. Your dentist will review the care instructions with you so you know how to take care of your smile after the procedure. Typically, patients must use non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent scratching or damaging the new veneers. You must also avoid hard foods and substances like ice and chewing on non-food items. This will help to protect your new smile and your results!
Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and help you achieve a beautiful smile. If you are considering veneers, visit First Smile Family Dental at 32717 1st Ave S., Suite 9, Federal Way, WA 98003, or call (253) 785-7323 to consult with our dentist who can assess your oral health, discuss your goals, and recommend the most suitable type of veneers for your specific needs.