How Do Dental Veneers Work?

September 29, 2020

dental veneers being placed over top teethConsidering dental veneers to improve the look of your teeth? Not only does this procedure have over a 91% success rate, but it also greatly enhances your natural smile.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of material that cover the surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells bond to the front of the tooth and can change the length, size, shape, and color of teeth. You can choose from porcelain or composite veneers. Porcelain is a little more expensive but they’re better at fighting stains and look the most like natural teeth.

What Do Dental Veneers Do?

Dental veneers fix common tooth issues like:

  • Discoloration
  • Wear and tear
  • Chipping or breaking
  • Misalignment
  • Irregular shaped or uneven teeth
  • Gaps in between teeth

Dental Veneers Process

  1. At the preliminary dentist office visit, you’ll get x-rays to determine the right treatment plan.
  2. To start the process, your dentist will trim about half a millimeter of your tooth enamel to get ready for veneer placement.
  3. Then a mold of your teeth will be made and sent to a lab so they can accurately form the veneers. This can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks.
  4. When the veneers are ready, your dentist will check to make sure the fit and color suit your smile first. Then he or she will clean and roughen your teeth so the veneers will adhere better.
  5. Veneers are attached to the teeth with cement; then ultraviolet light is used to help harden the cement to the veneers faster.
  6. You’ll see your dentist a few weeks after the procedure to make sure the veneers are placed correctly.
  7. Enjoy your new, beautiful smile!

Are Veneers Permanent?

Unfortunately, veneers are not permanent. They last between 7 and 15 years after which they’ll need replacing. Luckily, dental veneers don’t need any special care in the meantime. Just follow a healthy oral hygiene routine that includes flossing, brushing, and rinsing.

Veneers vs. Crowns

Dental veneers and crowns both improve the function and look of teeth. Both procedures are slightly different but have great success rates. However, it’s important to know which one is best for you because both can be costly.

A dental veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite material, about 1 millimeter thick, that bonds to the front of the existing tooth while a crown is 2 millimeters thick and covers the entire tooth. Dental crowns can be made of porcelain, porcelain metal alloy mixture, or all metal.

Dental veneers are required if the tooth is intact and only needs cosmetic restoration. Crowns on the other hand are needed when the tooth is decayed and needs to be completely covered. The existing tooth would need filing or grounding down to prepare for the crown compared to the veneer which can be placed after some minor filing.

Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers Pros

  • More of your healthy tooth remains so they’re less invasive
  • More aesthetically pleasing compared to crowns, especially over time
  • Minimal tooth movement

Dental Veneers Cons

  • Since more of of the tooth remains, that means more of your tooth is exposed to decay
  • Not reversible
  • Likely to not be covered by dental insurance

Schedule a Free Dental Veneer Consultation

Mile High offers 4 convenient dentist office locations in Denver, Westminster, Lakewood, and Englewood. You’ll receive the best care from one of our specialty dental implant dentists. Your Mile High dentist will make sure you get the smile you’ve always wanted with dental veneers.

Call us today at 303-974-4537 to schedule your appointment!


Posted In: Cosmetic Dentistry