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Veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry designed to hide certain issues with teeth. Veneers are not designed to actually repair any damage. Rather, they are cosmetic only and will only give you a more visually appealing look. That said, there are a number of reasons our team here at Pacific Woods Dental recommends veneers for some of our patients. If you are embarrassed to smile, veneers may be just what you need to get your confidence back.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers look like real teeth from the front, but they are actually a very thin resin or porcelain shell that is placed on the front of your teeth. Anyone who sees you smile would assume you have a mouth full of perfect, pearly white teeth. Veneers do not impact how you speak, and with a little practice, you will be able to eat without any issues. Veneers are permanently attached.
The two types of veneers have different benefits. Porcelain veneers are very durable and last for quite some time. They look very natural, too, and they do not stain as easily as composite resin ones. However, composite resin veneers can be placed in fewer visits, and overall typically cost less. They can also be repaired more easily than porcelain veneers.
Who Needs Dental Veneers?
Veneers can be used to cover a number of cosmetic issues. If you have teeth that are very stained and have had no success with teeth whitening, veneers may be the only solution to get the smile you want. They are also helpful in hiding chipped teeth or teeth that are misshapen. If you have large gaps between your front teeth, you may also want to use veneers to hide those gaps.
In order to get veneers, you need to have healthy gums and teeth. We will need to treat any signs of gingivitis, cavities, and other concerns before we can place veneers. If you often grind your teeth or clench your jaw, veneers may also not be a good option because you could break them. We will need to sit down with you and do a full exam before we can determine if veneers are right for you.
How Are Dental Veneers Placed?
Before we can place porcelain veneers, we first need to use a special tool to remove a very small layer of the outer enamel from your teeth. This is what makes veneers permanent since this does weaken the teeth. However, without removing this layer of enamel, the veneers will not fit correctly in your mouth. After we have removed the enamel, we take an impression of your mouth. We will also work with you to determine the shade of the veneers.
It can take a few days for your custom veneers to be made. In the meantime, we will place temporary veneers on your teeth to protect them. When you return, we will attach your permanent veneers using a special adhesive and make certain they are comfortable for you to wear. We will have you return for a follow-up appointment to make certain no further adjustments are necessary.
If you are getting composite resin veneers, the process is shorter. We still have to remove some of the enamel from your teeth, but it is not as much as we remove with porcelain veneers. Once that is done, we place the resin on the teeth and sculpt it into the right shape. After it is shaped, we use a UV light to cure the resin, hardening it. We then finish the process by polishing the veneers so they look more natural.
If you are thinking about getting veneers, you should come in for an initial consultation. Call Pacific Woods Dental at 503-292-5483 to arrange an appointment.