Teeth can get worn down by frequent grinding, they can crack or chip, or become stained over time by foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. Teeth are one of our most important assets, and as such, they should be cared for and protected. If your teeth have worn down, cracked, chipped or yellowed, don’t despair. Consider the possibility of veneers, implemented by the Virginia Beach Dentist you know and trust.
What is a Veneer?
Veneers are a thin layer of either composite or porcelain which is placed over the tooth or teeth and cemented into place by your dentist. The purpose of the veneer is to protect the tooth as well as improve its appearance. They were actually invented in 1928 for film actors. The veneers were temporarily cemented in place in order to change the appearance of the actor, and the process was quickly adapted into a legitimate dental procedure.
Composite veneers Are either directly placed (which means built in the mouth) or indirectly placed (which means fabricated in a dental lab and then bonded to the tooth after).
Porcelain veneers are always indirectly placed. They are also considered more durable and more stain-resistant.
How long do they last?
Veneers can last anywhere from 10-30 years. You will want to take good care of your veneers to keep them looking fresh and functioning properly. Replacements may have to be made in case of:
- Damage from grinding or another injury
- Decay from lack of proper care
- Gum line shrinkage
Why do I need them?
Veneers can be made for one single tooth or multiple teeth. Restoring multiple teeth with veneers can result in a whole new look for you, almost like a makeover for your mouth. A set of veneers have the ability to:
- Close gaps between teeth
- Even out different-sized teeth
- Fill spaces left by gum recession
- Provide consistency as far as color, shape, and symmetry
- Make teeth appear straighter as a whole
If you would like to correct cosmetic or structural damage to your teeth, call Dentistry of Virginia Beach today and find out if Veneers are right for you.