What Are Veneers for Teeth?

By | June 27, 2017

Many people who have damaged teeth may need to consider Dental veneers at some point in time. Veneers are often confused with dental crowns, but the two types of dental tools are actually quite different. Veneers are used to cover just the front of the tooth, while crowns are used to cover the entire tooth. Veneers are made from porcelain, in most cases. This is also true of crowns. The porcelain used to make dental veneers is extremely thin, in fact it’s about as thin as a single sheet of paper.

Why are Veneers Used?

Veneers are used for a variety of reasons. The most common way to use veneers is to cover damaged or otherwise unsightly teeth. Veneers can cover cracks in the teeth, chips in the teeth, and even severely discolored teeth. Veneers are sometimes used on dental implants, but in most cases crowns are used for implants. Veneers can be shaded to precisely match with the other teeth around them, so they aren’t any different looking than any other teeth in the mouth.

How are Veneers Installed on the Teeth?

Veneers are installed on the teeth with a very strong dental cement. It is often necessary to first remove a very small quantity of tooth enamel, as this will allow the veneer to sit flush with the rest of the natural teeth around it. Thanks to the strength of the dental cement, patients can expect the veneers to stay in place for their entire life span. The veneers are exactly matched to the size of the natural tooth underneath them, and most people say that the veneers feel extremely natural.

How Long do Veneers Last?

This can vary quite a bit by person. Most people have their veneers for years. The best way to get the maximum life span from dental veneers is to treat them with the same care as natural teeth are treated. This means brushing twice a day every day, and flossing very carefully. It’s particularly important to make sure that dental floss doesn’t get caught under the veneer, as this can dislodge it. Generally, veneers are very easy to care for.