Enhance Your Smile in 2 Appointments
Veneers offer a quick, versatile way to transform your smile if you suffer from cosmetic issues like stains, chips, or misshapen teeth. In just two appointments, Dr. Lascari can create thin dental prosthesis that will fit perfectly over the front surfaces of your teeth to enhance your appearance and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Call today to book your appointment and get started!
How it Works
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom-made to fit over your teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven, or abnormally spaced teeth. With Dr. Lascari's help, you can completely transform the aesthetics of your smile in a matter of 2-3 weeks. Plus, veneers require no special care beyond regular brushing and flossing.
Candidates for Veneers
Are Veneers Right for Me?
Veneers are a good option for treating most cosmetic issues with your smile. They can be used to treat stained teeth, gaps in your smile, uneven teeth, slightly crooked teeth, misshapen teeth, and more.
However, your mouth must be free of cavities and gum disease. These issues, if present, must be treated before you can get any cosmetic dental treatment. Beyond minor chips, veneers also cannot be used to treat damaged teeth. An alternative treatment like a dental crown may be more appropriate. To find out if you’re a good candidate for veneers, contact Cornerstone Dentistry.
What to Expect
The Veneer Placement Process
The veneer placement process usually takes two appointments at Cornerstone Dentistry. At your first appointment, your teeth will be trimmed to prepare them for your veneers. Dr. Lascari will begin by cleaning your mouth and numbing the treatment area.
Next, Dr. Lascari will remove a very thin layer of enamel from each tooth that is getting a veneer. This is done to ensure that the veneers bond tightly to your teeth and that they don’t add any extra bulk to your smile.
After your teeth have been prepared, Dr. Lascari will take images and dental impressions of your teeth. These will be used by a trusted dental lab to build your final set of veneers. While you wait for your permanent veneers to be manufactured, you will wear a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth.
Once your permanent veneers arrive at Cornerstone Dentistry, you’ll come in for your last appointment. Dr. Lascari will check each veneer to make sure they fit perfectly, then bond each one in place permanently with dental cement. Finally, your new teeth will be buffed and polished to ensure they look completely natural.
Longevity of Veneers
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The lifespan of veneers depends on a few factors, including the material they are made from, your behavioral habits, and your oral health. Those who suffer from Bruxism are not good candidates for veneers, because teeth grinding increases the risk of cracking or breaking the veneers.
While porcelain veneers can last between 7-15 years, composite resin veneers have a shorter lifespan of 4-8 years. Both porcelain and composite resin are durable materials, but once porcelain has been bonded to your tooth, its durability increases.
Porcelain is also stronger and less prone to chipping than composite resin. This, coupled with the fact that porcelain veneers look more like natural teeth, makes porcelain a desirable material for veneers. However, keep in mind that chipped porcelain veneers cannot be repaired in the same way that composite resin can. They will need to be replaced entirely.
Some lifestyle habits that can help make your veneers last longer include:
- Brushing twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush & floss
- Avoid excessively hard foods
- Quit smoking
- Use a mouthguard if you grind your teeth or play sports
- Avoid staining foods & drinks
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages
Veneers and Human Health
Are Veneers Bad For You?
Veneers are not bad for your health. Though the prep work for veneers includes shaving down your natural enamel by .5mm or less, when the veneer is bonded to your enamel, it strengthens weak teeth, especially when made of porcelain materials.
People who have weaker or chipped teeth may want to use veneers to improve the aesthetics of their smile but bonding veneers to these teeth also provides them with extra strength where their natural enamel is more susceptible to damage.
The bonding agent used to adhere veneers to your natural teeth is also not harmful to your teeth, so you will not experience irritation. Veneers offer additional protection against damage and stains but they still only cover one side of your teeth.
Your natural teeth are still hidden behind your veneers and that means you need to take care of them by practicing good oral hygiene or risk developing cavities underneath your veneers. As long as you brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes, floss every day, and attend regular dental appointments every 6 months, you won’t have anything to worry about.
Limitations of Veneers
Can I Whiten My Veneers?
The answer is yes and no. Veneers cannot be professionally whitened through whitening treatments. However, that does not mean you cannot improve or reverse discolored veneers. While porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, composite resin veneers are less so.
To reduce discoloration and staining of your veneers, you should avoid staining foods and smoking. You should also ensure that you are thoroughly brushing your veneers and can get a polishing toothpaste that is designed to remove buildup on veneers.
The best way to improve the whitening power of your veneers is to get your teeth professionally cleaned at the dentist. If you have had your veneers for a long time and none of these behaviors are having any effect, it may be time to replace your veneers.
Restore Your Beautiful Smile
With Veneers at Cornerstone Dentistry
If you suffer from discoloration, crooked, or awkwardly shaped/sized teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution. This cosmetic dental treatment will leave you with uniformly shaped and sized pearly whites that give you a gleaming smile everyone is sure to notice.
To find out if porcelain or composite resin veneers are right for you, contact us at Cornerstone Dentistry today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Keleigh Lascari to find out if veneers are right for you.