How Do Dental Veneers Work?

Dental veneers make it possible for anyone to have a perfect smile. These prosthetics are thin, tooth-shaped shells that serve as masks for the front of a person's teeth. They look no different from real teeth and they drastically improve the aesthetics of the tooth that has been covered.

Common issues veneers are used to deal with include:

  • Severe stains and discoloration that whitening treatments cannot be used to improve
  • Crooked teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Minor alignment issues

How dental veneers are installed

The process of installing veneers does not require any type of surgery. The dentist will evaluate the patient checking for signs of bad habits like teeth grinding that can damage the prosthetic. If the patient is a good candidate for veneers, the dentist will take a digital image of the person's mouth and that will be used to make the device. The patient and the dentist get to choose the size and shape of the veneers and it can be made to blend in with natural teeth that will not be covered.

Once the patient and dentist are both satisfied, the information is passed over to a dental lab where the prosthetics are made. If CEREC equipment is available, the dentist can make the veneers onsite and install them during the same appointment.

Prior to the installation of veneers, the dentist will remove a small portion of enamel to make space for them. This prevents the prosthetics from making the person's teeth seem abnormally large. The removal of enamel makes veneers a permanent procedure since the tooth will always need to be protected with some dental device going forward.

There are also specialized types of veneers that do not require the removal of enamel. These ultra-thin type of veneers are called Lumineers.

Materials for dental veneers

Veneers can be made from a wide range of materials, but porcelain and ceramics are the most popular due to the fact they are indistinguishable from real teeth. These two materials are very resistant to stains, so it is a lot easier for a person to keep their teeth white and shiny when they are covered with veneers.

That is one of the many reasons why veneers are so popular since it allows people with habits like smoking and drinking coffee to still have perfect-looking teeth. These substances cause lots of staining on real teeth, but they have a hard time sticking to ceramic or porcelain.

Benefits of dental veneers

Once the veneers are installed, the patient is free to go back to their regular oral hygiene routine. There is no specialized cleaning required with veneers. The only maintenance these devices require is good oral hygiene.

Other impressive benefits of veneers include:

  • It can last over 15 years with good oral hygiene
  • It instantly restores a person's smile
  • Makes it easier to keep teeth white
  • Looks natural

You can have the perfect smile

With veneers, it only takes one or two visits to the dentist to have your teeth looking flawless. Talk to one of our staff to learn more about veneers and other cosmetic dental devices.

Request an appointment here: or call Favero Family Dental at (310) 747-6532 for an appointment in our Torrance office.

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