Making Your Veneers Last

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Dental veneers are a great way to correct minor cosmetic problems with your teeth. Veneers are thin shells, often made of porcelain, which are placed on the fronts of your teeth. Veneers are used to conceal chipped or stained teeth. If your teeth are not long enough, or spaced too far apart to be aesthetically pleasing, veneers can solve the problem.

To place a veneer, your dentist will clean and then etch the surface of your tooth to allow the veneers to better adhere to it. An impression of the tooth will be made and sent to a dental lab which will craft the veneers and shade them to match the rest of your smile. In the interim, your dentist will put a temporary veneer in place to protect your tooth. When your new veneer is ready, it will be placed on your tooth with dental cement, the excess material will be trimmed and the veneer will be polished to match your smile

With proper care, your veneer can last between 10 to 15 years, but it are not designed to last a lifetime. A veneer can be stained by tobacco use and dark colored foods and drinks. The color can be restored by your dentist but not through a whitening treatment or toothpaste. A veneer can be chipped by ice, hard foods, objects and by grinding your teeth.

If you have some teeth that could use some sprucing up, its time that you talk with our dentist Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey at Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS about your options. If you live in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, call 734.668.6612 to make an appointment.