Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the surface of your teeth, and are most commonly used to improve the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are typically porcelain or resin-composite materials, and they are permanently bonded to your teeth. They are used to treat a range of cosmetic preferences such as tooth discoloration, chipped teeth, and in some cases, teeth that are smaller than normal. Some people choose to only have one veneer to improve the look of their smile. However, it’s more common to have a row of veneers attached to your teeth to give off an asymmetric smile. At Pomona Dental Practice, Pomona, California, we realize how important being proud of your smile is. We offer cosmetic dentistry that can make your smile shine brighter.
What are veneers, and are there any benefits?
There are different types of veneers we use in Pomona, CA: traditional veneers, and no ‘prep’ veneers. If you have discolored, uneven, chipped or unusual shaped teeth, veneers are a great way to drastically improve the appearance of your teeth. But what are the differences between each type of veneer?
Traditional veneers require a local anesthetic for the procedure. This is because your dentist will have to grind down the tooth – past the enamel – to allow for proper placement of your veneers. Traditional veneers are often considered an invasive procedure, but are highly popular because of the finished results.
No prep veneers only affect the tooth’s enamel, and while it may require some preparation of the tooth, in some cases it doesn’t require any anesthetic. These are also popular because they take less time and they’re much easier to apply.
The biggest benefit of dental veneers is the improvements it can make to your teeth, giving you a more attractive smile that you’re confident about. Veneers are placed on top of the teeth rather than covering the whole tooth, but function the same as a regular tooth, allowing you to speak and eat just as you did before and in many cases, they can help strengthen your teeth too. This is particularly useful for people who have weakened teeth and are looking for a more attractive smile.
Another huge advantage when choosing porcelain veneers is that they are extremely stain resistant, meaning you will literally have pearly whites for as long as you have the veneers!
With proper care and a good dentist applying them, traditional veneers will usually last around 10-15 years, and no prep will last around 5-7 years.
After your procedure, and unlike many other dental procedures, there is no recovery time. Your dentist will use a UV light to harden the dental cement holding the veneer to your tooth, meaning that once the appointment is over, your new smile is ready to use!
If you’re looking for a brighter, whiter, and straighter smile, Pomona Dental Practice offers dental veneers in Pomona, CA for all shapes and sizes. Come and speak to us today about what we can offer you.