Are you considering getting veneers? Veneers cover the surface of your teeth and do a great job at whitening and straightening your smile, but maybe you have a few questions about them. Your dentist will be able to answer all of your questions in a consultation, but here are a few frequently asked questions about veneers and their answers.
What Are Veneers Made Of?
There are two types of materials that are used to create veneers.
- Porcelain: this is the most common material veneers are made of. Though it is more likely to stain than resin, it reflection of light is similar to that of natural teeth.
- Resin Composite: The advantage of using this type of material for veneers is that it can be thinner, which means less tooth enamel needs to be scraped off.
What Can Veneers Do For Your Teeth?
Veneer are often used to cover stained, chipped, or crooked teeth. They whiten teeth and change their shape.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Yes. Veneers are changed out every five to ten years, but the process of removing enamel off of your teeth to make space for them is usually irreversible.
How Are Veneers Put On?
Your dentist will scrap off a small amount of enamel from the surface of your teeth. The veneers will be bonded to your teeth with a special dental cement.
Can Veneers Stain?
Veneers usually resist stains very well. However, your dentist may recommend avoiding coffee, tea, or red wine in excess.
Do Veneers Hurt My Gums?
Generally no. Gums often respond well to veneers.
Can Veneers Fall Off?
Having a veneer fall off is very rare. However, to prevent this from happening, avoid grinding your teeth or biting on pencils, pens, and fingernails.
How Do You Care For Veneers?
You take care of your veneers just like you would your natural teeth, with brushing and flossing.