Dental veneers are a great option for improving your smile. Dental veneers are very thin shells, usually made from porcelain, that are fixed to the front of your teeth. Veneers can be used to cover up cracks and chips on your teeth, mask discoloration, or close the gaps between teeth that are spaced too far apart.
Bear in mind that if you opt for veneers, the process is irreversible. This is because that in order to affix the veneers to your teeth, the dentist must remove a small portion of the tooth enamel to help the cement hold the veneers on your tooth. After removing the tooth enamel, impressions will made of your teeth and those impressions will be sent to a dental lab where your permanent veneers will be crafted and shaded to blend in with your smile. When they are ready, your dentist will cement them to your teeth, trim any excess material and then polish them.
Your veneers are not meant to last for a lifetime. With proper brushing and flossing, along with regular visits to your dentist for cleanings and exams, they can last for approximately ten to fifteen years. They can be damaged if you chew ice or other objects, grind your teeth, or use your teeth to open packages. Over time, the cement on your veneers may wear out, and they will have to be reapplied or replaced by your dentist.
If you are interested in sprucing up your smile with dental veneers, our dentist, Dr. Robert Farber will be happy to see you for an exam and consultation. If you live in the Dearborn, Michigan, area, and would like to make an appointment at Dearborn West Dental, call 313-562-5610 today.