What are dental veneers? A veneer is a thin cover placed over the front of a tooth used to recreate the natural look of teeth. A veneer can also be crafted into a crown, or veneer crown. In this case, more of the tooth is removed, not just the surface on the front (see diagram above).
What are they made from? Veneers are made from ceramic (porcelain) or composite (resin).
What's the difference between the materials? Composite is softer, opaque, and porous. Ceramic is stronger, longer lasting, waterproof, and lifelike.
How do they attach?
How long do they last? Results vary by patient, such as chewing habits (nail biter, chew on ice), oral care (regular flossing and cleaning), and health issues (bruxer - heavy grinder at night). However:
How long does it take to get veneers? 1 day to 2 weeks, or more.
Why's there so much difference in time?
How can I get great results? There are two steps needed to get the best possible aesthetic (look) and functional (oral health) results with your veneers.
How much do veneers cost? $800 to $2,000 per tooth. Read this article about veneers cost and how to save money on them.
Is veneer dentistry invasive? It does not have to be. However, each case is unique. Modern materials and techniques are driving toward minimally invasive veneer techniques.
What's the difference between a traditional and a non-prep dental veneer?
Non-prep veneers are even thinner than traditional veneers and less
invasive, sometimes requiring no preperation (grinding) of the natural
tooth. Here's more information and photos of a non-prep veneer case I crafted.
Do veneers stain, how about teeth whitening?
Do they chip? How do I maintain them?
They can chip or the fall out due to heavy grinding biting into
something hard like ice or sports accidents. Maintain and care for them
as you would your natural teeth, this includes brushing and flossing to
keep your mouth healthy.
When should I consider getting veneers?
If you're not happy with your smile, talk to your dentist and get a
second opinion about your options. Veneers may be the answer. i.e.
Veneers could easily close a gap between your front teeth. Maybe all you
need is to whiten your teeth, not veneers. Or, perhaps you may need to straighten your teeth first before getting veneers. If you're looking for a dentist read this article to help you through the process.
What should I know about bad veneers?
Downsides of Composite Bonded Veneers
Veneers Solve Adult Baby Teeth Problem (Before/After) photos
The Story of Porcelain Veneers
Thin-Prep, No-Prep, Non-Prep Veneer Example
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