Veneers Q & A
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin coverings that are applied to the tooth surface to cover discolored areas, cracks and chips and to help even out worn edges or close gaps between teeth. Veneers can be tinted and shaped to match your surrounding teeth so they look completely natural once applied.
How are dental veneers applied?
Before a veneer can be applied to the surface of your tooth, the surface must first be prepared. Your dentist at Westwood Dental Arts Center will remove a very thin layer of tooth material to make room for the veneer so it doesn’t extend beyond the limits of the natural teeth on either side. Then an impression will be made so the veneer can be shaped to fit the space and match the neighboring teeth. Your dentist will place a temporary covering on your tooth to protect it while the impression is being made. At the next visit, the veneer will be applied using a strong adhesive, then shaped for a perfect, comfortable fit.
Is it hard to care for veneers?
No, veneers are made of strong, durable material that will stay in good shape with normal dental care, including regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist. To make sure they stay looking their best, rinse your mouth well after consuming foods or beverages that can stain your teeth.
How durable are veneers?
Veneers typically last for at least 10 years, and sometimes for as long as 20 years before they need replacement. You can help extend the life of your veneer by taking good care of your teeth and having regular dental visits so the dentists at Westwood Dental Arts Centercan ensure it’s in good shape and adhered properly.