Q: What are veneers?
A: Dental veneers are custom-designed shells that can be fitted directly to the surface of your tooth. These shells are very thin and are made to have the same color as the rest of your teeth. The goal of veneers is to enhance the overall appearance of your teeth if they are stained or have been chipped.
Q: What are the different types of dental veneers?
A: The main two materials that are used in the creation of dental veneers include composite bonding and porcelain. The composite material is produced from a durable resin that is easy to shape to your exact tooth. The porcelain material is considered to be very resistant to staining and can be used to correct more severe problems like broken teeth.
Q: What can dental veneers be used for?
A: Dental veneers are an ideal treatment for such dental issues as tooth discoloration, chipped teeth, uneven spacing, misalignment issues, and teeth that have become worn down.
Q: What are the main benefits of veneers?
A: The best aspect of veneers is that they can enhance the overall appearance of your teeth without requiring much of the tooth to be filed down. Surrounding gum tissues are also known to effectively accommodate dental veneers. You also have the ability to select your preferred color.
Q: Are there any issues with dental veneers to be aware of?
A: When one of your teeth has gone through the preparation for a dental veneer, it’s impossible to reverse this process. It’s also difficult to effectively repair a broken veneer, which means that it would need to be replaced if ever it becomes cracked. A dental veneer can decay quite easily, which is why it’s important that you maintain proper oral health.
Q: What does the dental veneer procedure involve?
A: You will first need to obtain a consultation from our dentist in Los Angeles, which is where impressions will be made of your teeth to make sure that the veneers are the right size and shape. You can also talk more about your expectations for the treatment. The tooth will then go through the preparation process, which means that the tooth will be filed down. You’ll be provided with some temporary veneers while you wait for the final veneers to be placed on your teeth at the next appointment. If you select a composite material, all of the work can be done in a single appointment.
Q: How long do these veneers last?
A: Veneers usually last anywhere from 3-10 years before needing to be replaced. All that’s required to keep the veneers in good condition is to brush and floss regularly while also visiting our Los Angeles dentist for checkups. Proper care of the veneers may allow them to last longer than 10 years. You should receive a professional cleaning for the veneers at least once every six months.
Get in touch with us at Southland Dental Care today to schedule your first consultation for dental veneers.