Veneers can be a great way to quickly achieve a brighter, whiter, even smile quickly and effectively. With care, they are long-lasting and durable, providing you with a confident smile you can share with ease.
Veneers are often seen in ‘smile makeovers’ where once discoloured or chipped teeth appear white and straight. Dental veneers are like thin shells that are permanently bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They are usually made from porcelain or resin-composite and are a quick and effective way to create a new smile. Some people choose to have one veneer, for instance, if one tooth is chipped or discoloured, but it is also common to get between 6 and 8 veneers to even out your smile or hide multiple imperfections. The majority of dental veneers are applied to the top front teeth.
Hide discolouration or staining on natural teeth
Close gaps between teeth
Smile with confidence
A whiter smile
Can straighten, lengthen or shorten teeth for an even smile
There are different types of veneers. Your dentist will discuss which option is best for you. The two main kinds include porcelain or composite. Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers but are more prone to staining or chips as the materials used are not quite as durable as porcelain. However, with good oral hygiene and care are a great way to achieve a confident smile. Porcelain veneers are more expensive but are longer-lasting and less likely to stain compared to their composite counterparts.
The average lifespan of veneers is expected to be around 10 years, or longer if well cared for. This may be slightly less, depending on the type of material they are made from. After a long period of time, veneers can become stained or chipped, just like natural teeth. However, veneers are a permanent procedure. The tooth underneath the veneer is compromised in order to attach the veneer so if they do become broken or chipped, they will need replacing. Generally, veneers are low maintenance and last longer than less invasive alternatives such as composite bonding.
Teeth with veneers aren’t immune to tooth decay, so it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene after treatment. Keeping your veneers clean will also prolong their lifespan by reducing the risk of staining and chips. You can care for veneers by:
Veneers aren’t bad for your teeth, but they are a permanent treatment. Tooth enamel sometimes has to be removed to accommodate the dental veneer, which increases the risk of sensitivity on the underlying tooth. Veneers aren’t a good choice for those with gum disease or lack of enamel for this reason, but your cosmetic dentist will discuss alternative treatments with you. With proper care and good oral hygiene, you can maintain healthy teeth without cavities or staining.
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