Dental veneers are small, tooth-shaped shells that fit over the front of your teeth to correct a number of cosmetic flaws, including chips, stains, and even misalignment. The shells are made of thin layers of porcelain or composite resin and are custom-designed to fit in with your natural teeth. Porcelain is usually the preferred material because it can be color-matched to your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. At your initial consultation, we will discuss your goals and expectations to determine if dental veneers are right for you.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Getting porcelain veneers is a popular way to address a variety of cosmetic issues with your smile. In addition to being discreet, veneers are durable and can last many years with proper care. They are also stain-resistant and can be cared for just like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than natural enamel because the material isn’t porous. When properly placed and cared for, they can last ten years or longer. Veneers that are damaged can be replaced or repaired. Caring for them, along with regular checkups at your dentist’s office, will keep them in tip-top shape!
How Is a Dental Veneer Procedure Performed?
Your dentist in Albuquerque, NM will begin by preparing your tooth for the placement of the veneer. This involves trimming and sculpting the enamel to make room for the veneer to fit properly. A thin layer of enamel must be removed from the surface of the tooth so that the veneer will fit properly and comfortably. Then, our dentist may place a temporary veneer over your tooth until the permanent one is ready. Once the veneer is done, it is bonded into place using a dental adhesive. With proper care, your veneers can last several years before needing to be replaced.
The procedure is permanent and cannot be reversed without removing the tooth completely. It can last for many years when properly maintained at home and with regular visits to the dentist for checkups and professional teeth cleanings to remove plaque buildup and hardened bacteria. It will also need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear. On average, veneers last from 10 to 15 years with proper care.
To learn more about the dental veneers offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111.