What Can Veneers Do?

Your teeth aren’t just an important part of your physical appearance — they’re also vital for chewing and digesting your food. However, if your teeth are flawed, it not only affects your confidence but also puts you at risk for cavities and gum disease. However, porcelain veneers offer a solution.

At Lancaster Dental Care Associates, located in Lancaster, California, our team is dedicated to giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you have a gap between your teeth or experience discoloration that won’t respond to whitening, our team of dentists helps you explore veneers. 

All about veneers

A veneer is a type of dental treatment that reshapes your existing teeth. The veneer itself is a thin shell-like cover that’s applied to the front of your tooth. Veneers are permanent, meaning they’re attached with a bonding material.

Porcelain is the most common material used for veneers, but they can also be made out of a resin-like substance. Before the veneers are attached, your teeth must be prepared, meaning our team must remove a tiny bit of enamel. That is why veneers are considered permanent.

Because of the preparation, they usually require at least two appointments. But the exact timeline depends on several factors, including if your veneer is already made or if it needs to be fabricated in the laboratory.

Veneers are very different from other treatments, like a crown. Where crowns cover the entire surface of your teeth, veneers only mask the front surface to give the appearance of a more even smile.

Keep in mind, this treatment is not always covered by insurance. However, traditional porcelain veneers typically last up to 15 years, making the money spent worth it in the long run.

Why do you need veneers?

So why should you choose veneers over other types of dental treatments? Veneers provide a cosmetic alternative to more invasive dental fixes, such as dental implants or crowns. If your smile is less than perfect, veneers may be the option you’ve been looking for.

Discolored teeth are one of the main reasons you might choose this type of dental treatment. Discoloration occurs for many reasons, like coffee stains or smoking. Although there are plenty of whitening treatments available, they require constant maintenance to maintain the results.

Veneers provide an excellent way to keep your smile white. However, there are other reasons our team recommends veneers, including:

Veneers may also help with the misalignment of the teeth that are most visible when you smile. They also help with teeth that are not the same size or shape, allowing our team to make each tooth match perfectly.

Taking care of your veneers

To get the most out of your veneers, make sure to care for them. Typically, porcelain veneers last anywhere from 10-15 years. With the proper care, they’ll last at least that long.

Once the veneers are in place, you can go back to eating right away. There’s no downtime with this procedure, but our team does review care tips such as:

Another step to protect your veneers is wearing a mouthguard if you play sports. That helps protect the surface of your teeth as well as the thin veneer that’s giving you a beautiful smile.

Regular brushing and flossing are also essential to keeping your veneers safe. Keeping your teeth clean removes bacteria, helping you avoid getting cavities or gum disease around the veneers.

If you think that veneers sound like something that will help your smile, call our office to schedule a consultation at 661-282-7512, or you can book an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Have you noticed your gums receding? Periodontal disease could be the reason. Finding the right care for your gums may help prevent tooth loss later on. Keep reading to learn how laser dentistry can help.

What to Expect During and After Oral Surgery

If you're dealing with dental pain, oral surgery may be in your future. But maybe you are nervous about the procedure. Oral surgery is nothing to worry about; keep reading to learn more about what happens during and after oral surgery.

Why You Shouldn't Put Off TMJ Treatment

You wouldn’t expect that a tiny joint could cause a significant amount of pain — but it can. Temporomandibular joint pain is uncomfortable and can affect the way you eat and speak. Read on to learn more about why you shouldn’t put off treatment.

The Advantages of Choosing Invisalign

Invisalign® has taken the dental world by storm since its approval by the FDA in 1998. Now a household name, this popular teeth-straightening option boasts many advantages for both teen and adult patients. Could Invisalign be right for you?

The Right Dental Care For Your Child

Has your child suffered a dental injury as a result of cycling, playing or eating hard foodstuffs? As a parent you may tend to freak out but the good news is that all dental issues for minors can be treated by a pediatric dentist Lancaster.