Dental VeneersDental veneers are an extremely popular cosmetic dental treatment that can be used to help create a perfect smile. The chances are that if you’ve ever admired the smile of a celebrity or film star, they’ve had at least some dental veneers.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are used to cover up the front surfaces of teeth and consist of very thin, tooth-colored shells made from either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers generally require at least two visits to Ivory Dental because they are made in a dental lab. Although porcelain veneers are a little more expensive than composite resin veneers they do last longer and are resistant to staining. Composite resin veneers can be applied directly to the teeth and require minimal preparation. Completing treatment in a single visit may be possible. Composite resin veneers are very cost-effective, but this material isn’t as durable as porcelain and can eventually become stained. Each veneer is custom-designed to fit precisely over the surface of the tooth and is bonded in place to create a relatively strong restoration. Dr. Ogata a cosmetic dentist from Smile Hawaii in Kahului Hawaii talks about another benefit of getting cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as veneer, "How healthy your teeth are on the inside and out can convey a message of confidence to the rest of the world. However, if your smile makes you feel self-conscious, cosmetic dentistry procedures... can help to restore your smile with confidence."

Who Can Benefit Most from Dental Veneers?

Part of the appeal of dental veneers is the versatility of this treatment which can be used to correct several imperfections in teeth. You might want to consider dental veneers if you have one or more teeth that are slightly too small, worn down or oddly shaped. Veneers can be used to cover up teeth that have become chipped or cracked, or which are very badly stained and where tooth whitening isn’t a viable choice. Sometimes teeth are stained internally and will not respond well to teeth whitening treatments. Veneers can be an alternative to adult orthodontics, correcting the positions of teeth that are just slightly out of alignment. Another use of dental veneers is to close or reduce unsightly gaps between teeth.

Veneers are an easy way to achieve a more aesthetically perfect smile, and yet are minimally invasive. If your teeth are strong and healthy, but you feel less than confident about their appearance, it might be worth making an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Benjamin Hull.

Dr. Hull will carefully assess your teeth and will talk to you about your aims and desires for this treatment to make sure it’s suitable and appropriate. One thing you will need to decide is how many veneers you wish to have. Some people choose to have multiple veneers covering up most or all the teeth visible when smiling and this approach can be useful if you desire a cosmetically perfect smile. However, multiple veneers may not always be necessary, and some people will only choose to cover certain teeth to create a naturally more appealing smile. Another thing to consider is using dental veneers in combination with other cosmetic dental treatments.

Combining Veneers with Other Cosmetic Dental Treatments

Sometimes it may be preferable to combine veneers with other cosmetic dental treatments, creating a more cosmetically perfect smile in a manner that is conservative and minimally invasive. For example, if you only require one or two dental veneers then you might choose to whiten your teeth beforehand, so your veneers can be made to exactly match your newly whitened smile. Another treatment that can work well in combination with veneers is adult orthodontics, and often teeth can be straightened within a matter of months. Adult orthodontics can conservatively straighten your teeth before using dental veneers to cover up any teeth that may be less than perfectly shaped or which are stained. Dental veneers can also be used in combination with crowns and bridges or even as part of a more comprehensive smile makeover using dental implants. Dr. Hull can discuss all possible solutions with you and will provide you with all the information needed to make an informed choice about your dental care.

What Is the Procedure for Having Dental Veneers?

If you choose to have porcelain veneers, then your teeth will need to be prepared using a local anesthetic to ensure you feel comfortable during treatment. To prepare your teeth, Dr. Hull will almost certainly need to remove a tiny amount of tooth material, usually about 0.5 mm in thickness which is approximately the same thickness as a dental veneer. Once your teeth are prepared, a dental impression is taken, and Ivory Dental uses advanced digital scanning to take digital impressions which are incredibly accurate, so your porcelain veneers can be precision-made in the dental lab. While your veneers are being fabricated, you will be provided with temporary veneers to protect your teeth. Once the veneers have been made, Dr. Hull will carefully try them on your teeth to ensure they look and feel fabulous before permanently bonding them onto your teeth.

The process for composite resin veneers is quite quick, and you may not even need a local anesthetic. Instead, the tooth surfaces are lightly etched which creates a suitable surface for the material to bond to, and the composite resin is applied directly to the surface of the tooth. Once hardened, the composite resin is carefully shaped and polished to create a natural luster that will blend in beautifully with your teeth.

Will My Veneers Look Natural?

You can rest assured that your veneers will look naturally beautiful, creating a healthy and attractive smile you’ll be proud to show. Dr. Hull individually designs each veneer, ensuring your restorations will complement your facial features, skin tone, and gender. We only use the highest quality materials and the latest techniques, providing you with a treatment outcome that lasts longer.

Caring for Your New Veneers

Once you have your veneers, then it’s important to look after them as this will help to prolong their natural life and will ensure they look fantastic for longer. Veneers are easy to care for as you can brush and floss them just like the rest of your teeth. Make sure you have regular checkups and hygiene appointments with us here at Ivory Dental, and we will regularly check the condition of your veneers to ensure they still fit correctly and are protecting your teeth. Habits that can damage your veneers include biting your nails, crunching on ice cubes or other very hard foods, or using your teeth as tools. If a habit is likely to damage your natural teeth, then it will also harm your veneers. Avoiding these habits will help avoid chipping or breaking your veneers.