Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Veneers are fitted to the front surface of teeth to make them appear whiter and straighter or to cover a chipped tooth.
What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
Veneers can be used to fix a variety of dental issues, including:
- Teeth that are stained or discolored
- Teeth that are chipped, cracked or misaligned
- Teeth that are too small
- Teeth that are too wide
- Gaps between teeth
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic imperfections. For example, veneers can:
- Resolve gaps in teeth.
- Cover up stains and discoloration.
- Correct teeth that are misshapen, broken, crowded, or crooked.
- Cover over chipped teeth.
- Give teeth a more uniform, symmetrical appearance.
- Give teeth a lengthier appearance.
- Correct the appearance of a diastema, or gap, between the front teeth.
How Do Dental Veneers Work?
Veneers are made from a thin shell of porcelain, which your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. They’re custom-made to look like the rest of your teeth, so they blend in without looking fake or unnatural.
The process of getting dental veneers typically takes two to three dental appointments. First, your dentist will clean your teeth and reshape them if needed. Then, your dentist will buff your teeth to roughen them, then put an acid gel on your teeth for 10-15 minutes to etch them. After that, your dentist will make an impression and send it off to a dental lab. In about two weeks, you’ll come back to the office to have your custom veneers bonded to your teeth.
Veneers are durable and can last for years, just like your natural teeth. To care for them, just brush and floss regularly. Veneers don’t require any special care, but it’s important to maintain regular visits to the dentist so your dentist can make sure they are in good shape.
Do Veneers Require Any Special Care?
Veneers are fairly easy to maintain since they are resistant to stains. However, you still need to brush and floss as you normally would. Veneers should be kept free of plaque or tartar accumulation as well.
At Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of services, including cosmetic and implant dentistry in a relaxed dental environment. To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation with one of our dentists, call us at 605-371-3443 or visit us at 4921 E. 26th St., Suite 1, Sioux Falls, SD 57110.