Do you want to have dental veneers put in to brighten your smile? Veneers are placed directly on the tooth and essentially have an aesthetic function. There are ceramic and composite veneers, and each option has its own advantages.
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What is a dental veneer?
A dental veneer is a fine particle of composite or ceramic that is placed directly on the teeth to improve their aesthetic appearance. The end result is therefore a more beautiful smile and aesthetic teeth. These are temporary veneers that have a limited lifespan.
Veneers let you do several things:
- Modify the shape or colour of your natural teeth;
- Hide a broken or a worn tooth;
- Close the spaces between the teeth (diastemas);
- Make your smile more harmonious.
They are also an alternative solution to crowns, which require a larger size and are reserved for very damaged teeth.
What are the different types of dental veneers?
There are composite and ceramic veneers.
Composite resin veneers are made directly on the tooth. To place them, a single appointment with a dentist offering orthodontic treatments is sufficient.
They have the advantage of being economical and requiring fewer appointments. They are also easy to repair. However, their lifespan is shorter.
Ceramic veneers are manufactured in a laboratory. They are porcelain veneers that look like a fake nail that is molded onto your tooth. You will need to schedule 2 appointments: the first for taking the impression and preparing the veneer, and the second for installation by a dental surgeon.
Ceramic shells have the benefit of having a longer lifespan and not modifying the appearance of your smile over time.
How are they put in?
The dental surgeon first puts in temporary veneers to protect them and make them presentable while waiting for the final placement of the veneers. The veneers are placed under local anesthesia.
What is the lifespan of dental veneers?
The lifespan of dental veneers varies according to the type of veneer. From about 5 to 7 years for a composite veneer and 10 to 12 years for a ceramic veneer, but they can sometimes last for over 25 years!
How to care for dental veneers
Dental veneers naturally integrate into the gums and easily take their place in the dentition. They therefore don’t require any specific care.
However, you should know that dental hygiene is essential, because dental issues such as cavities can occur on the edges of the veneers. People who are prone to bruxism (clenching of the teeth) should also wear a protective night guard.
Can dental veneers be removed?
The teeth often need to be trimmed to place the veneers, because the latter need a sufficient size and thickness so as not to break. The enamel is therefore partially eliminated, which makes the treatment irreversible.
Make an appointment with us
Do you want to have dental veneers put in? Book an appointment with us. Our team will provide the necessary care to you and explain the steps to follow.
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