Dental Veneers: How Do They Work?

Dental veneers can often be the perfect solution if you have damaged teeth, gaps between your teeth, or cosmetic concerns about the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are made of durable ceramic material, often porcelain, and can be placed on one or more teeth. Dental veneers are typically a permanent solution for your needs and will offer years of wear with good oral hygiene and dental care.

Typically made of a high-quality porcelain ceramic material, veneers are ultra-thin shells customized to create the appearance you desire for your teeth.

Veneers: what is the process?

Placing porcelain veneers begins with a consultation and digital diagnostics. A thorough evaluation and discussion of your aesthetic goals and oral health needs is the foundation for a successful outcome. Our cosmetic dentists are experienced in the placement of dental veneers and can offer exceptional results for patients seeking a smile makeover. They are considered a permanent restoration because the tooth enamel is degraded enough that replacement is necessary if veneers are removed. For this reason, it is important that your dentist is skilled in placing veneers and can “get it right the first time.”

Once your treatment plan is decided upon, we will schedule the initial appointment for preparing teeth and taking impressions. Dr. Trinkner and Dr. Keefer work with patients receiving porcelain veneers to ensure that they will complement their facial aesthetics. In most cases, temporary veneers are placed in the treated teeth until the final restorations are completed in the dental lab we work with.

The second appointment is when the final veneers are placed. Using a special dental adhesive compound, we will attach your custom porcelain veneers to the teeth and make adjustments as needed so that they fit and feel natural. Once in place, your porcelain veneers will look and feel like they have always been there.

Caring for Porcelain Veneers

Teeth with porcelain veneers are cared for like natural teeth. Daily brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing between the teeth will minimize the risk of gum disease or decay which could compromise the integrity of the veneers. Our dental care team will demonstrate the best way to brush and floss on and around the veneers to avoid damaging them.

Porcelain veneers are considered durable and stain-resistant, but we still recommend avoiding dark beverages such as coffee or rinsing the mouth after consuming them with water to minimize any staining. Porcelain veneers can last for many years with good oral hygiene and regular dental care where we can monitor their condition.