Veneers are a simple, effective way to give your smile a boost. If you’re concerned about stains, cracks, chips, or gaps, veneers are a durable, long-lasting solution. Jayshree Sawhney, DDS, and the team of experienced dentists at Cranford Dental Arts in Cranford, New Jersey, is experienced in providing cosmetic treatments including veneers. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material, either porcelain or a composite, that your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. They look like natural, healthy enamel. The dentists at Cranford Dental Arts customize veneers using impressions of your teeth so they both match and enhance your unique smile.
You may consider veneers if you’d like to cover up minor imperfections on the surfaces of your teeth, including stains, chips, and cracks. Veneers can also make misshapen or crooked teeth appear more even and uniform or hide gaps between your teeth. They’re durable and far more resistant to stains than natural enamel, and the results last longer than whitening.
Your dentist may recommend no-prep or traditional veneers.
No-prep veneers are thinner than traditional veneers, so it’s unnecessary to remove a layer of your enamel to accommodate them. Because they don’t require altering your teeth, no-prep veneers generally cost less. However, the material is more translucent than porcelain, so they may not be effective for every kind of imperfection.
Traditional veneers are more involved than no-prep veneers. They require multiple appointments because your dentist has to remove a thin layer of enamel before replacing them. However, traditional porcelain veneers may be more effective than no-prep veneers if you’d like to cover up stains or discolorations, and they’re more durable.
The type of veneers you get depends on your preferences, needs, and cosmetic treatment goals.
With proper care, no-prep veneers tend to last 5-7 years, while porcelain veneers last 10-15 years with proper care. To ensure your veneers last as long as they should, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and the veneers themselves.
Though veneers themselves are stain-resistant, you may still stain the bonding material and your teeth beneath them. Further, healthy teeth can support veneers more easily. Make sure you continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and go in for regular teeth cleanings at Cranford Dental Arts.
You should take precautions to prevent damage to your veneers. Avoid chewing on ice or pens, opening packages with your front teeth, or using your front teeth when you chew on hard foods.
For more information on veneers, schedule an appointment at Cranford Dental Arts online or over the phone.