What is a Dental Veneer? – The Basics

Cosmetic dentistry has a huge variety of options available for those looking to improve their smiles. While teeth whitening treatments is great for color, it doesn’t address other issues like tooth alignment and positioning. One option that isn’t too intensive in terms of time, energy, and money is to have dental veneers applied to your teeth. These are a great way to give your smile the appearance you deserve and they are not that difficult to understand. If you want to get that picture-perfect smile, asking your dental care provider about veneers is something well worth doing. Basically, a dental veneer is just what it sounds like. It’s a thin piece of material that actually attaches to the surface of your tooth. It essentially serves as a kind of ‘false front’ for the tooth and will be applied in a way that makes the tooth seem to be the perfect color and shape. A single veneer is rarely used – instead each tooth will have veneers applied to them. In the end, this will result in a perfect smile. All of the teeth will be uniform, perfectly shaped, and bright white. It’s the easiest option for getting the smile you’ve always wanted but assumed was out of reach. Most veneers are made from either a composite resin or dental porcelain. Both are good choices and have pros and cons. Porcelain veneers mimic the ‘real tooth’ look a bit better than resin composites and also resist stains better, but the resin versions involve an easier attachment and less existing tooth removal. Your dentist can help you decide exactly which option will be the best for you. In nearly all cases, a dental veneer is a permanent procedure but one well worth considering. Compared to things like crowns they’re far less invasive and cheaper. To apply the veneers, your dentist will need to remove a portion of the front of your teeth. When that is done, they will make a model of your mouth and teeth. This model is sent to a lab which will construct the veneers. Once the dentist receives them, you will return and the veneers will be bonded to your teeth. You will probably have to return within a couple of weeks to ensure the bond is strong and all is well. It’s a simple procedure and great for giving you a smile you’ll love.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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