Dental Veneers: What Are They Exactly

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DENTAL VENEERS: WHAT ARE THEY EXACTLY

Dental veneers are thin (usually porcelain) laminates that are bonded to your natural tooth. Porcelain is usually the material of choice because it looks most like real tooth enamel and reflects light similarly. Most veneers require a small amount of enamel removal to make room for this porcelain. Usually veneers require at least two visits to your dentist because a certified laboratory technician often makes these porcelain veneers while the dentist does the preparation work.

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DENTAL VENEERS: WHAT ARE THEY EXACTLY

How do you take care of veneers?

Porcelain veneers are cared for in the exact same way as your natural teeth, with the exception of one big precaution. Stay away from abrasive toothpaste and whiteners. These may dull the shine on the porcelain and actually make them appear darker instead of lighter. Flossing is the key to keeping your veneers looking natural. This will keep your gums looking healthy around the veneers. Brush a few times a day with a non-abrasive toothpaste.


How do I get veneers?

Start with a visit to a great dentist because the placement of veneers can be a tricky procedure. Usually at your first visit, your dentist will evaluate all of your teeth and your periodontium for the appropriateness of veneers. Finding a qualified, experienced dentist and getting a comprehensive examination and in-depth consultation is a step you should not take lightly.


At Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have had extensive post-graduate training in Smile Designs. I even have veneers myself and so does our hygienist, Victoria. We understand the process because we have been on both sides of the procedure. If you are considering veneers you can contact Dr. Ruth Adkins of Adkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at RAdkinsDentistry@gmail.com or call (859) 543-0333.


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Dental veneers are thin (usually porcelain) laminates that are bonded to your natural tooth. Porcelain is usually the material of choice because it looks most like real tooth enamel and reflects light similarly. Most veneers require a small amount of enamel removal to make room for this porcelain. Usually veneers require at least two visits to your dentist because a certified laboratory technician often makes these porcelain veneers while the dentist does the preparation work.


Unlike most other cosmetic procedures, veneers actually serve more than just a cosmetic purpose. Veneers can actually protect your teeth from the normal and sometimes abnormal wear and tear of everyday living. Veneers protect your teeth from acid erosion and abrasion. One great positive of veneers is they do not stain. The color you and your dentist select should be the same years later as it was on day one.


How much do veneers cost?

The average cost for a veneer is around $1,000. Unless there’s an odd deformity in possibly only one tooth, veneers are usually done in multiples. Our eyes like symmetry, so veneers done in multiples of two are most cosmetically pleasing. A complete smile design usually entails eight to10 veneers on the top as well as the bottom. Although veneers don’t always last forever, the life span of a veneer should be somewhere between five to 20 years depending on one’s homecare.