Have you considered taking steps for a whiter, brighter smile? Do you want to improve the symmetry and overall appearance of your teeth, but want to avoid braces or other more drastic options? Come see our team at Cascade Dental Care and let us talk to you about the many wonderful benefits of dental veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are narrow pieces of porcelain or other composite materials that are attached to the front side of your teeth. They will not be attached to the back or biting surface of your teeth and are primarily used for cosmetic dentistry.
Veneers are sometimes used to treat a chipped or broken tooth that does not require any substantial restorative measures, such as a crown. However, most people will get veneers in a set of six or eight to improve their entire smile. These veneers are most often applied to the top row of teeth, as these teeth are the most noticeable when smiling and talking.
What Types of Veneers Are Available?
There are two main types of dental veneers. The first type, sometimes called traditional veneers, may require some intensive preparatory work before being applied. The second type of veneers are commonly referred to as “no-prep” veneers.
Traditional veneers will generally require that one of our professionals remove some of the enamel from the target teeth. Sometimes they may have to grind past the enamel. If this type of preparation is required, you will likely receive a local anesthetic to prevent you from experiencing any discomfort during the procedure. This procedure is irreversible due to the amount of material being removed from your teeth.
No-prep veneers do not fully live up to their name. Our team will generally need to do some very minor preparatory work to your teeth before installing these veneers. However, this simply involves grinding down the outermost layer of enamel to give the veneers a proper surface to adhere to.
No-prep veneers rarely require an anesthetic, but our team will provide it if necessary. We always strive to ensure that your procedures are comfortable and pain-free. We will further discuss the use of anesthetic with you before beginning the procedure.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The longevity of your veneers will vary based on the type of veneer you receive and your aftercare practices. These practices will include good oral hygiene and getting regular professional cleanings. Both types of veneers offer a quick recovery and will allow you to start brushing and eating normally as soon as the anesthetic effects subside.
Traditional veneers will last about two times longer than no-prep veneers. With proper care, traditional veneers can last approximately 10 - 15 years. No-prep veneers will last approximately five to seven years.
There are several steps that you can take to ensure you maximize the life of your veneers. These practices also apply to caring for your natural teeth, such as avoiding chewing on hard items like ice or your fingernails, and never using your teeth to open packages.
If you want to improve the shade of your smile or get rid of irregular gaps and spaces, come see our team at Cascade Dental Care and learn more about our veneer options. You can reach us today at 360-916-4200.