What are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin caps that are placed on top of your existing teeth. These veneers can be shaped and colored to help improve the appearance of cracked, stained, or misaligned teeth.
How are they made?
Before veneers are placed, the existing teeth must be prepared to receive the caps. A very thin layer is trimmed off of the surface of the tooth so that the veneer does not protrude forward at all. This layer is really less than a millimeter thick so there is no risk of damage to the tooth. Next, an impression is taken so that the veneers can be custom designed based off of an exact replica of your teeth. These custom dental prostheses sometimes take up to two weeks so Dr. Blackhurst may choose to fit you with temporary veneers in the meantime. This helps cover the slightly roughened surface of your trimmed teeth, but it also takes extra time. Talk to him to see if this would be the best option for you.
What are veneers made of?
Veneers are almost always made out of two types of materials: a composite resin or a dental porcelain. The composite veneer can be built in the patient’s mouth for an easier custom fit, but typically the porcelain is preferred due to its longevity.
How do I take care of my veneers?
Routine dental hygiene should be enough to take care of veneers. They are extremely strong and durable, and can last anywhere from ten to thirty years! The only thing you might want to keep in mind is to make flossing a priority, just in case there are any minute grooves left in between the teeth where bacteria could collect. Dr. Blackhurst will always make sure to inspect the condition of your veneers during your regular check-ups, so he can alert you to any signs of damage or wear and tear that might need treatment.