A man looks at his dental veneers in a handheld mirror while talking to his dentistNew advances in the dental field are happening all the time. One of the more modern dental procedures that Zeal Dentistry offers is dental veneers. This relatively new offering involves the use of incredibly thin false teeth fronts applied directly over the existing teeth. They provide a flawless look in both color and shape and are customizable for each patient. Veneers provide a convenient path to a perfect smile.

What Exactly are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are an option in cosmetic and restorative dental procedures that are quickly gaining popularity. They are common among those looking for a flawless smile or those with significant stains or imperfections. Veneers are customized, super thin covers that dentists apply directly, and permanently, to a patient’s existing teeth. Because of their permanence, you should discuss dental veneers with your dentist before committing to them. They may also require replacement several years down the road.

Dental veneers can come in a few different materials. The most common is porcelain as it provides a very similar color and reflectiveness to natural teeth while maintaining good strength. Another common material is composite resin. Resin veneers do not resist stains quite as well or mimic the light reflecting properties of real teeth, but can offer a potentially cheaper alternative.

Dental veneers can fix a variety of dental issues. Depending on the situation, they can also be an effective alternative to braces or a typical crown. Veneers give the tooth an impeccable appearance that braces or a crown shoot for, but in a much less intensive way. Another common use of veneers is for purely cosmetic reasons. They can give a perfectly straight and perfectly whitened look to any smile, no matter the natural state of the teeth. In fact, models and actors commonly choose to get veneers.

What is the Procedure Like?

Despite the relative simplicity of dental veneers compared to other procedures, getting veneers is no small event. It is typically a two-step process, specifically when ordering custom veneers to ensure an ideal shade and shape match. Your dentist starts the process by removing a thin layer of enamel from your teeth which the veneer will take the place of. Then they’ll make a mold of your mouth to create a custom-suited fit. While a dental lab custom-makes the dental veneers, the patient typically goes home with temporary, non-cemented veneers. Upon returning, your dentist will remove the temporary veneers and apply the permanent, custom ones. Light-cured cement ensures veneers quickly and painlessly affix to your actual teeth.

Other than the preparatory appointment to take the mold, little else is necessary to prepare for veneers. It is a nearly painless procedure with little to no restrictions once leaving the dentist office. Dentists still recommend that you brush and floss veneers the same way you would your normal teeth, as good habits keep them looking better for longer. Proper care can extend the life of the veneers and prevent the need for replacement.

Veneers from Zeal Dentistry

Whether you have teeth misalignments, imperfections, discolorations, or large gaps, dental veneers could be a worthwhile option for you. They represent a simple and long lasting solution to a variety of dental problems with only a minimal amount of discomfort and as little as one or two appointments with Zeal Dentistry. To learn more about our dental services and whether veneers are a good option for you, give us a call today at 415.792.4771. Zeal Dentistry’s general dentistry services can help give you a smile that you want to show off!