Veneers are a popular aesthetic treatment designed to fix cosmetic flaws and improve the appearance of teeth. They can also help protect teeth from surface damage.
But a common question many people ask is, are veneers permanent? In this blog, Dr. Vishal Kulkarni from Prime Dental will answer this and other questions about dental veneers to help you decide if they are suitable for you.
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored pieces of porcelain that are designed to fit and bond to your teeth. They are attached to your teeth’ surfaces to conceal cosmetic imperfections and give your teeth a uniform and natural appearance. Veneers can conceal a variety of issues, including:
The process of getting veneers starts with an initial appointment with the dentist to determine if veneers are a good fit for you. You will also discuss which options suit you and the number of pieces to place. If you have other issues like misaligned or crooked teeth, your dentist may recommend treatment before placing veneers.
At this stage, x-rays of your teeth will be taken to assess the health of your teeth and mouth. The dentist will check for symptoms of infection, gum disease, tooth decay, and other conditions that can affect your treatment. If you have one or more of these problems, veneers may not be your ideal solution.
If you are eligible for veneers, the dentist will proceed to take impressions of your teeth. They will first trim down your enamel before taking the impressions or molds, which will be sent to a dental lab to fabricate your veneers.
It will take up to 2 weeks for your veneers to get ready. Once they are ready, you can book an appointment to get them placed. During this appointment, the dentist will examine the veneers' shape, color, and fit to ensure they are ideal for you. Then they will attach the veneers after cleaning your teeth.
After placing the veneers, your dentist will use dental cement to bond them to the teeth. Ultraviolet light will be used to harden the cement.
Technically, veneers are built to remain in place forever because they are bonded to your teeth after some enamel is trimmed. However, veneers themselves can last for about 15 years with proper oral care, after which they will require replacement.
Are you interested in getting dental veneers in Tyler, TX? We can help you at Prime Dental. Contact us online or call (903) 200-5111 to book an appointment with Dr. Vishal Kulkarni to discuss your treatment options.