What are Dental Veneers?

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Have you ever wished that you could quickly improve the appearance of your teeth? You may not have any serious dental issues. Your teeth and gums aren’t causing significant pain or discomfort. You simply don’t like the discoloration, gaps, overlaps, or other obstacles for the appearance of your teeth.

Your dentist will discuss all effective options for the unique needs of your teeth, and dental veneers may make that list. Let’s dig into what dental veneers are, why they’re used, and what you can expect from the installation process.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or resin composite fitted to the front surface of your teeth. Each shell is colored and shaped to mimic the look of real teeth. When shaped and fitted properly, they can quickly transform the appearance of your teeth.

If you want to change any of the following characteristics of your teeth, you may choose to have dental veneers installed:

  • Color
  • Length
  • Shape
  • Size

You may also consider veneers to strengthen weakened teeth or hide broken and chipped teeth. Covering up some gaps is also an option, especially if you don’t want to wear braces or Invisalign. Finally, you may consider veneers if you don’t want to continue having your teeth professionally whitened over and over.

If there are more serious dental issues causing tooth discoloration, misalignment, or deterioration, your dentist will address those issues before considering cosmetic procedures like veneers. The first goal is to secure the functionality and health of your teeth and gums. Improving the appearance is considered after your teeth are properly restored to health.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

  • Quick improvements in the appearance of your teeth
  • Natural tooth color and shape
  • Healthy option to replace deteriorating tooth enamel
  • Strengthens the tooth for improved functionality
  • Resistant to stains and decay
  • Can last for up to 15 years with proper care
  • Improved self-confidence due to smile enhancement

Veneers vs. Lumineers – What’s the Difference?

Have you heard about Lumineers that fit on the front of your teeth much like veneers? What’s the difference, and which one should you choose?

Lumineers is a specific brand of veneers that require your dentist to remove less enamel from the surface of your teeth before installing. They’re made from durable laminate and are a bit thinner than porcelain veneers. They’re often preferred because they require less prep time and are easier to place on the teeth due to their thinness.

Your dentist can help you determine whether porcelain veneers or Lumineers are the best option for your teeth. The end result is a beautiful smile and healthier teeth either way.

Schedule Your Consultation to Start the Veneers Procedure

If you’re ready to discuss all options to quickly improve the appearance of your teeth, schedule an appointment with our dental team soon. Our dentist will examine your teeth and guide you through all available correction and treatment options. If veneers are an option, we’ll help you understand the process.

The first step to an improved smile is a phone call to our office at 203-248-7400 . We look forward to seeing you smile brighter with renewed confidence. Contact us or schedule an appointment online today!