If you have chipped, crooked, decayed, stained, or discolored teeth, getting dental veneers can help you. These are custom-fitted, thin, tooth-colored shells designed to conceal or correct the above-mentioned dental problems. Veneers primarily improve the appearance of your teeth. They are of different types, including porcelain, composite resin, or no-prep veneers.
When Do I Need Dental Veneers?
- If you have chipped or broken teeth
- If your teeth are stained, discolored, or have an uneven coloring that does not improve with whitening or bleaching
- If you have gaps in your teeth
- If your teeth are smaller than average in size
- If you have unusually shaped teeth
What are the Different Types of Veneers?
These veneers are made of porcelain or dental-grade ceramic. We grind the surface of your teeth and make an impression. We send the mold to the lab, where a veneer is made to custom fit your teeth. We place the veneer on your prepared tooth and fix it in place with the help of dental adhesives. We place a temporary veneer until we receive the permanent one from the lab.
These veneers are made of composite resin. We etch the surface of your teeth and apply a layer of composite to the prepared tooth. We finish off by curing the surface of the teeth with the help of a special curing light.
As their name says, these veneers do not require any preparation, and hence, they are less time-consuming and less invasive. The biggest benefit of this type of veneer is that they do not require you to prepare the teeth. We apply them without using local anesthetics, removing your enamel, or giving you temporary veneers.
What Precautions Should I Take After Getting a Veneer?
- Do not chew on hard objects, such as your fingernails, hairpin, ice, pen caps, etc.
- Do not open packaging with your teeth.
- Avoid chewing food with your front teeth.
- Do not clench your teeth. If you do so during the night, get a splint or mouthguard to protect your veneers.
- Do not forget to wear a mouthguard while playing sports.
- Do not consume stain-causing beverages, such as tea, coffee, red wine, etc.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The shelf life of veneers depends on the materials used and how well you take care of them. If you take proper care and practice good oral hygiene, your veneers can last up to ten years.
Please reach out to Mericle Dentistry in Simons Island, GA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Mericle. Please call us at (912) 638-3559 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.