Common Questions About Dental Veneers

Implant, Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Green Valley Ranch & Nearby Areas of Colorado

Posted: December 13, 2017

In this day and age, teeth are always in style. Whether it is a job interview, first date, wedding pictures, or a smile to a stranger on the street, people notice our smiles every day and that is a powerful force in the world. Let’s face it unless you have had braces at a young age and have worn your retainers religiously, teeth present with imperfections and spacing issues that can make our smile appear "off." When people don’t feel good about their teeth, they tend not to smile. Although some people will put up with this for years and hid their smiles, some people will turn to their dentist for help. We understand how hard it is to set your valuable time aside in order to make dentist visits to improve your teeth; however, a popular way to enhance your appearance today without a lot of time in the chair is through dental veneers.

Dental veneers give your smile immediate straightening and color improvements without requiring all the dentist visits and adjustments that braces demand. When considering veneers, you may come up with these questions.

What exactly are veneers in simple terms?

Veneers are extremely thin shells of porcelain/ceramic material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve shape and color, thus, creating the appearance of a realistic tooth.

What do veneers fix?

Simply stated, veneers can fix a variety of dental imperfections, including teeth that are crowded, crooked, blemished, chipped, cracked, discolored, or have spacing issues. Many patients who do not want braces or other long-term straightening methods prefer dental veneers. They can offer you immediately straightened results in only two visits at Highpoint Dental Care.

If I get dental veneers, will my teeth look fake?

Today’s veneers are more realistic-looking than ever before! We now have a material known as lithium disilicate that makes up the ceramic dental veneers. These have a translucency and sheen that likens them to natural teeth. Dental veneers do not react negatively to oral tissues like metal and other dental materials so as not to irritate the gums. Thus, dental veneers are one of the most natural-looking improvements we can make to a smile!

What can I expect during my visit if I decide to get dental veneers?

Dr. Rowe or Dr. Baltz, both skilled cosmetic dentists, will customize the discussion to each patient and first discuss the advantages and disadvantages of veneers. The first appointment will involve minor tooth preparation on the very front of the tooth. Some veneers require zero or minimal tooth preparation to complete (i.e. Lumineers), while some teeth that may have fillings or cavities requiring more preparation to resolve the insult. After preparation, our doctors will take a detailed impression of the teeth to customize the veneers. Our office has a machine that is capable of creating veneers; however, sometimes we send them out to a certified dental lab for creation. Dr. Rowe and Dr. Baltz will decide whether a temporary facing will be needed during the time the veneers are being created. After the veneers are ready, we will try them in and make sure you love the way your teeth look! When we get your approval, we securely adhere them to the fronts of the teeth with a dental cement.

Are dental veneers durable and long-lasting?

As a cosmetic dentist, we can reinforce, restore, and improve teeth with our quality dental veneers, they will stay in place for many, many years. If the patient wants the longest life for dental veneers, there are a few precautions we advise. If the patient struggles with teeth clenching or grinding, especially at night, we can provide the patient with a night guard to protect the veneers from unnecessary wear.

The patient may also want to reduce the intake of sticky, extra hard, sugary, and acidic food or drink items. These will cause more strain on both the natural teeth and dental veneers. The patient should also remember to brush at least twice daily and to floss at least once a day. All of these precautions will ensure the long life of the dental veneers. Many patients report that their veneers last for 20 years or more without the need for improvements or replacements, but the average lifespan for a veneer is about 12 years. When was the last time you owned a car that lasted that long?

When you want to fix your teeth quickly and still acquire long-lasting results, we advise you to learn more about our cosmetic dentist dental veneer options. Highpoint Dental Care can help you attain your desired smile improvement with minimally invasive procedures and in a timely fashion.

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers or lumineers, please contact Highpoint Dental Care in Aurora, Colorado today at 303-500-8701 to schedule your exam. Our dentists offer free consultations to patients interested in extensive cosmetic or restorative procedures. We serve patients in Aurora, Centennial, Green Valley Ranch, Parker, and surrounding Colorado areas.