What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells generally made of porcelain, or in some cases acrylic resin, which are bonded to the front surface of your existing teeth. Veneers can be designed to give your teeth and smile the perfect shape!
Generally, dental veneers can be completed in just a few visits to Brighter Dental. During your initial visit, you and your dentist will discuss how veneers can transform your smile along with which type of veneer system is right for you.
If traditional veneers are chosen then several additional appointments will be made to complete the veneer process. During these appointments your teeth will be ground down and etched to prepare them for the veneer. In some cases, temporary veneers will be placed while the permanent porcelain veneers are made.
Once the final veneers are placed, your Brighter Dental Dentist will make minor adjustments for bite and appearance.
What types of dental problems can veneers fix?
Dental veneers can fix your teeth if they are discolored, misshaped or misaligned. Quality veneers can dramatically improve almost any smile. The most common types of dental problems that veneers can fix include:
- Worn teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
Porcelain veneers resist stains and mimic the light reflecting properties of real teeth better than resin veneers <source>.
I’ve heard of Lumineers, how are they different from regular veneers?
Lumineers are simply very thin (about as thick as a contact lens) porcelain shells which require less time (generally done in two visits) and are more comfortable than traditional veneers. Lumineers thin design does not require the extensive drilling, grinding and shots that traditional veneers require.
How can Lumineers be done in only two visits when traditional veneers take multiple visits?
During your first visit, your Brighter Dental Lumineers qualified Dentist will make a detailed impression of your mouth, similar to what an orthodontist may do. This impression is then sent out to the Lumineers lab where highly trained porcelain technicians create the individual veneer shells.
Lumineers <source> do not require teeth to be ground down the way traditional veneers do. The tooth simply has to be etched for proper bonding. This saves a tremendous amount of time and reduces the number of visits required to complete.
How much do veneers cost?
There are many factors that will play into the overall cost of your veneers and this is something that will be discussed during your initial consultation with one of our Brighter Dental Dentists. The important thing to remember is that your smile is an investment that can dramatically improve self-esteem, appearance and even your professional career.