Is It Possible to Hide Tooth Imperfections? (And Other Dental Veneer FAQs)

Cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as teeth whitening, crowns, and bridges, can help you address a range of cosmetic problems. But sometimes, it’s more practical and quicker to simply cover up these imperfections. Dental veneers can indeed hide many tooth imperfections with just a couple of quick appointments. Talk to a cosmetic dentist in Alpharetta to find out whether dental veneers could be the right choice for you. teeth - veneers

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped sheets of porcelain. Unlike a crown, they don’t fit over the entire tooth. Your cosmetic dentist will bond them securely to the sides of your teeth that are visible when you smile. Your veneers are fabricated just for you, and your dentist will adjust their shape, size, length, and shade to perfectly match your smile.

Which problems can dental veneers address?

Teeth whitening is an effective option for removing stubborn surface stains, but some stains lie deeper within the tooth. If teeth whitening isn’t an option for your stained teeth, you might consider dental veneers instead. Veneers made from porcelain resist stains well. In addition, porcelain veneers can camouflage the following imperfections:

  • Worn teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • Uneven or misaligned teeth

How long will my veneers last?

Porcelain veneers are durable, but they aren’t as strong as natural teeth. If you take good care of your veneers, they can last about 10 to 15 years. Some people have reported a lifespan of 20 years. You can make yours last as long as possible by taking the following steps:

  • Maintain good oral health habits at home.
  • See your cosmetic dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning.
  • Use a mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Use a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night.
  • Don’t chew ice or fingernails.

How will my dentist apply the veneers?

This treatment generally requires two appointments. During the first one, your dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from the teeth to allow room for the veneer. You’ll have a dental impression made. This is sent to a laboratory, which makes your new veneers. When they arrive, your dentist will adjust them for shade, shape, and size as necessary, and bond them to your teeth with resin cement.

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