How Veneers Reshape Your Smile

A straight, white smile can boost your confidence and help you make great first impressions. Unfortunately, your teeth may end up stained and damaged. Veneers, however, can be used to restore your smile and help it shine. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Margaret Somers at Dental Arts Design in Hawthorne, NJ to discuss cosmetic dentistry options.

For now, let’s take a look at veneers, including what they’re used for and how they work.

Veneers Explained: How They Work and What They Accomplish

A veneer is a shell that is placed over the tooth. These shells are typically colored the same as a clean, white tooth and are bonded to the surface of the teeth. Once a veneer is properly installed, it will last between five to fifteen years with proper care.

Veneers are often used to cover up stains. Stains from years of coffee drinking, smoking, or whatever else, can be difficult to remove. Even with professional teeth whitening and at-home whitening treatment, you may not be able to completely whiten your teeth. Veneers can quickly restore your smile to a bright white.

Not only can veneers whiten your smile, but they can also be used to cover up chips and cracks. This way, you can restore your teeth to their proper shape. With the right veneer, you may be able to straighten and smooth out your smile.

Veneers are typically easy to care for. Brushing your teeth and flossing as directed by your dentist will help you maintain your veneers for years to come. And when you visit the dentist for regular cleaning, your dentist can examine your veneers to make sure they’re in good shape.

If you have existing veneers and believe they’ve been damaged, or if you’d like to discuss getting veneers, it’s wise to speak with a cosmetic dentistry expert like Dr. Somers at Dental Arts Design in Hawthorne, NJ.

What Are Veneers Made Of?

Veneers are typically made of either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers often last longer with proper care and are resistant to staining. They are, however, a bit harder to install and may require two or more visits to the dentist. Porcelain veneers are often more expensive but last up to 15 years.

Composite veneers may cost less upfront and are easier to install, but typically last only five to seven years. Further, composite veneers are also prone to staining, especially if you don’t brush regularly. If you don't care for and regularly brush your cosmetic veneers, they may need to be replaced.

Want to learn more? Speak with Dr. Somers at Dental Arts Design in Hawthorne, NJ about cosmetic dentistry. A dentist can help you select the right cosmetic procedures and products. Call (973) 427-2121 today to schedule an appointment.

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