What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are adhered to the front (visible) part of teeth, creating a more classically shaped appearance. The procedure involves very little or no anesthesia and is often used to aesthetically enhance the look of the front teeth. Dental Veneers help to hide discolorations by
brightening the teeth and beautifying your smile.
Dental veneers are a potential solution to help you with some cosmetic dentistry issues. Individuals who have chipped teeth, badly shaped teeth or gaps between their teeth often choose dental veneers.
If you want to enhance your smile, dental veneers are a practical option. Due to the thinness of the coverings, veneers resemble natural teeth. Veneers are often used to correct a wide variety of dental issues, such as:
teeth that are discolored and can’t be whitened by bleaching
chipped or worn teeth
misaligned or badly shaped teeth
a large gap or uneven spaces between the upper front teeth
Dental veneers are composed of either porcelain or composite resin material. Your dentist will help you select the most suitable material that is right for you. Each type of veneer has its unique advantages.
Dr. Bainer’s practice in Escondido offers a variety of dental veneer options to choose from. Please contact us for a free consultation to learn what is best for you.
Why Would I Need a Veneer?
In many dental cases, veneers are an exceptional alternative to crowns. They provide a more traditional approach to altering a tooth’s color, shape or size. Veneers can conceal undesirable irregularities, such as teeth smudged by tetracycline and damaged from a root-canal or from an injury. They are a fitting option for patients to hide discolored fillings for front teeth, fill the gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn. Veneers have shown to have great longevity and usually last for many years, when proper dental hygiene is conducted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the procedure painful? No, the procedure is pain-free.
Will removable veneers alter my speech? Only the first couple of days, will you experience a remote change in your speech.
Will wearing removable veneers destroy my real teeth? No, our dental veneers will not damage your existing teeth.
Will removable veneers stain? Temporary veneers will not stain your teeth if you provide proper oral hygiene.
Do I need special cleaners or toothpaste? We recommend you use special cleaners or toothpaste but they are not required.
Can I eat and chew food with removable veneers in my mouth? Yes, but we recommend you not chew on hard foods such as ice.
How many teeth do removable veneers cover? Removable dental veneers cover both upper and/or lower rows of teeth.
Are removable veneers similar to wearing dentures? No, removable veneers are different from wearing dentures.
Is there an age requirement for removable veneers? No, there are no age requirements for wearing temporary veneers.
Will removable veneers work for me if I have sensitive teeth? Yes, removable veneers are effective for sensitive teeth.
Will removable veneers work for me if I have missing teeth? Yes, even if you have missing teeth, removable veneers will do the trick.
Will my insurance cover veneers? Typically, insurance does not cover dental veneers.
How long do temporary veneers last? Your removable/temporary veneers last about 4 to 5 years if you practice proper dental hygiene.
What Happens During the Procedure?
Patients usually need a maximum of three appointments for the entire procedure. This includes diagnosis, treatment plans, preparation and bonding.
If you desire an enhanced smile and decide to use dental veneers, you must take an active role in the treatment. Please understand this procedure will take time and be fully aware of its corrective limitations. If you feel your dentist does not comprehend your goals, please schedule more than one consultation.
Preparation steps involve lightly buffing the teeth to make way for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, a local anesthetic is required to remove about half a millimeter of the tooth. If your veneer is composite resin, it is usually completed in one appointment. After the tooth is ready, the dentist delicately bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. Ceramic veneers go through a different process that may take several days: a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the laboratory for piecing together the veneers. If the teeth are quite deformed, a temporary veneer can be implemented for an additional cost.
When your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to make sure their fit is correct and see the shade or color. If the dentist and patient are not happy with the results, there is room for adjusting the color. But after cementation, the color cannot be adjusted. For application of the veneer, the tooth is sanitized with special chemicals to produce a bond. Once a certain type of cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam solidifies the cement.
What About Maintenance?
For about a couple of weeks, you will experience a period of adjustment as you get accustomed to your “new” teeth. Remember, their size and shape have changed. Brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, please visit your dentist for a follow-up appointment.
What Should I Expect?
Veneers are not perfect restorations of natural teeth. Upon close observation, it’s not unusual to see minor variations in the color of veneers since this develops even in natural teeth. But the fact remains that dental veneers can greatly enhance your smile and boost your self-esteem.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit over the tooth. Advantages of porcelain veneers include:
their strength and durability
their natural-looking surface
less tooth enamel needs to be extracted than with a crown or cap
they don’t stain quickly
Composite Resin Veneers
A composite resin veneer is created from a tooth-colored filling material that is bonded to the tooth. Advantages of composite resin veneers include:
less tooth enamel needs to be extracted than for
crowns or porcelain veneers possibly fewer visits to the dentist (at times, veneers can be completed in just one visit)
less expensive than porcelain veneers
easy to fix if undergo damage but composite veneers are usually not as durable or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers
composite veneers can be fixed easily and rapidly
Before Veneers are Applied
Your teeth and gums must be healthy – your dentist should treat any disease or decay before you get veneers.
If you consistently grind or clench your teeth, veneers may not be the best choice for you because the thin veneers may chip or cause breakage. In such cases, your dentist may suggest for you to wear a plastic dental night guard during sleep.
For veneers, dentists remove as little tooth enamel as possible. But, once the enamel has been extracted, there is no going back!
If over time, your veneers loosen, new replacements may be needed.
Please don’t forget to schedule your regular dental appointments for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Please contact Dr. Bainer’s office today to schedule a free consultation.
After Veneers are Placed
Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects, such as pencils, hard breads or ice. Under stress, veneers can chip or break.
It may take a couple of weeks to adjust to your veneers. But please notify your dentist if your bite does not feel right after getting the veneer. It should be corrected prior to you leaving the dental office.
Don’t forget the importance of your daily dental hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss. It’s very possible to get cavities under or around veneers. Please consult with your dentist for dental products that have met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.
Cost Porcelain veneers cost more than the composite resin alternative. Generally speaking, the cost of dental veneers rely on several factors, including:
the fees of the cosmetic dentist performing the procedure.
the artistic and technical skill of the ceramist making the veneers and the cosmetic dentist who places them.
the location where treatment is performed – costs for cosmetic dentistry procedures vary widely from populated metropolitan areas to smaller towns and rural territory.
the type of dental insurance you have – dental insurance usually does not cover cosmetic dentistry treatments.
the type of material used.
the number of teeth under treatment.
Many dentists offer payment options for cosmetic and restorative measures. Please contact Dr. Bainer’s office today to schedule a free consultation.
History of Veneers
In 1808, an Italian dentist, Giuseppangelo Fonzi, created a single tooth application from porcelain: a platinum pin imbedded the porcelain tooth and kept it intact.
In 1928, California dentist, Dr. Charles Pincus invented veneers. It was to be used for the Hollywood industry to temporarily alter the appearance of an actor’s teeth.
In 1937, Dr. Pincus assembled acrylic veneers to be maintained by denture adhesive. At that time, cementation was temporary due to lack of adhesion.
In 1959, Dr. Michael Buonocore introduced “etching” to follow a line of investigation of bonding porcelain veneers to etched enamel.
In 1982, research conducted by Simonsen and Calamia showed that porcelain could be etched and bond durability could be performed between composite resins and porcelain that were predicted to be able to permanently keep porcelain veneers on the tooth.
Today, porcelain is the most widely used material for a veneer.