- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- December 29, 2023
Permanent Veneers are a great option to conceal certain dental imperfections by fitting over the front surface of teeth. These coverings for your teeth are customized based on individual needs and tooth conditions.
What can permanent dental veneers cover?
They can cover many cosmetic imperfections, such as cracks, chips, stains, crooked teeth, etc, in a way that also reinforces your natural tooth integrity. Dental veneers are among the most sought-after treatments in cosmetic dentistry; studies have shown that they last long when taken care of. When caring for veneers, you only need to do the basics right.
We all have specific goals and a mental image of what we seek. Different types of veneers are available, created from high-quality, non-reactive materials to conceal aesthetic imperfections of your teeth. Suppose you desire a less invasive but transforming cosmetic solution to cover issues like discolored teeth, chips, cracks, etc. In that case, you should discuss permanent veneers with your dentist.
This article will give you a fair idea and answers about permanent Dental veneers, their types, pros and cons, and the basic procedure.
Do you need dental veneers?
Veneers camouflage dental imperfections and do not treat a dental condition. Essentially, they cover the front surface of your teeth to create a perfect smile. You should know about the situations or imperfections where permanent dental veneers are a good long-term solution.
You can explore veneers for your cosmetic issues if you have:
- Teeth that have cracks, chips, or are slightly broken.
- Gaps between teeth.
- Discolored teeth or tooth stains that do not respond to treatments like teeth whitening.
- They have really small teeth.
- Crooked teeth or misshapen teeth.
Note: If you have enamel damage, veneer placement can protect teeth.
If a person has dental issues such as periodontitis, cavities, sensitive teeth, or other problems that require treatment, then those issues need to be addressed before cosmetic treatments. In case of extensive tooth damage, you may be better off with other cosmetic treatments like a crown, implant, or others.
Learn about the different types of teeth veneers.
We are discussing permanent veneers, which vary based on the material they are created from. There are non-permanent veneers as well.
Let us learn about the different types of veneers.
1. Composite Veneers
These are traditional veneers, which are sometimes also referred to as permanent veneers. These are created from a composite resin that matches the color of your teeth. The material is the same as the one used for teeth bonding. These veneers can effectively hide minor imperfections. These cost less than other types of surfaces while also requiring less preparation. At the same time, they may be less resilient than porcelain veneers but can still last for a long time.
2. Porcelain veneers
As the same suggests, these veneers are made from porcelain, a sturdier material than composite resin. These, too, are permanent teeth veneers and are more resilient. These are also quite staining-resistant and can give a beautiful natural look. More tooth enamel may be removed to place these veneers than the composite resin veneers. These can be easily replaced, too.
Both of the above types of veneers are permanent as they require the removal of enamel, but they can be replaced, if damaged, with new surfaces. Both of these veneers are custom-made for your teeth.
3. No-prep or prepless veneers
These are semi-permanent veneers or even reversible at times. They may require very little enamel removal. These are less invasive compared to the above two options. These are not traditional veneers but rather a more recent solution. As the name suggests, placing these veneers requires minimal preparation, but do note that identifying and removing them can cause changes to the structural integrity of the teeth, which may require you to get a replacement rather than leaving the teeth as they are. An experienced dentist can guide you on whether these are right for you.
4. Removable veneers
These are an interesting choice and are also called pop-on veneers. These are impermanent as they only cover your teeth without removing enamel. These are not as comfortable and sturdy as the permanent veneers but can be suitable for certain people. These can be withdrawn anytime on your own and can be worn again.
Permanent veneers- How are these prepared and placed?
Your dentist must determine whether you will do well with permanent veneers or whether another solution will be more fitting. The first session will entail a thorough oral health examination, sometimes including X-rays and scans.
The next step follows after you are a suitable candidate for teeth veneers. In this step, the surface of your teeth needs to be prepared for proper adhesion of veneers. This will require carefully removing small amounts of enamel from the front cover of your teeth, where the surfaces will ultimately be fixed. Then, the dentist will take your teeth impressions to customize the veneers to your teeth. Dental impressions are not required for people getting composite veneers.
As the veneers are custom-made, this can take a few days. In the meantime, you may be given temporary veneers.
If all goes well, you will come for a second visit to get the veneers. The dentist will first check the prepared fronts for a correct fit, color, shape, etc. Any changes can be discussed here between the patient and the dentist. If you are satisfied, dental cement will be used to place and fix the veneers to the front surface of your teeth.
What to do after you get dental veneers?
There is no downtime, so you don’t have to wait to return to your daily routine. If you were given anesthesia, wait for the effects to wear off before you eat or drink anything. Also, have someone drive you back.
Caring for veneers is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. This means you must stick to a proper brushing and flossing routine. You should not skip your dental appointments to avoid any signs of dental decay or any issues with your veneers. It is important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Whitening products should be avoided as they contain abrasive materials, which can lead to scratches on your veneers. Veneers can get damaged if you bite on hard food, so try to avoid it. You can chew hard foods with your back teeth. Although porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant than other types, it is better to avoid staining foods or rinse them immediately after use.
Permanent veneers are an excellent solution for covering some types of imperfections. These are sturdy front shells for your teeth, lasting many years. Like any other cosmetic treatment, dental veneers should also be placed by an experienced and skilled dentist to get optimal results that match your goals.
At Morgan Hill Dentistry, our team specializes in different cosmetic and non-cosmetic treatments, and we provide results that align with your needs and vision. Reach out to our experts for any help, queries, and guidance.
- What are the advantages of teeth veneers?
Veneers are a minimally invasive and long-lasting solution for problems like tough dental stains, which can mar your confidence and make you hide your smile. Many other issues, such as cracks between teeth and cosmetic defects due to receding gums, cracks, and chips, can be concealed easily by placing veneers. People with enamel damage due to certain medicines, acid reflux, aggressive brushing, or eating acidic foods can get permanent veneers to protect the remaining enamel and their teeth.
2. Are there any disadvantages of veneers?
Some people do feel that veneers are expensive. Still, when you consider their longevity, ability to correct cosmetic issues effectively in such a short time, and minimal maintenance and compare them to other more extensive and expensive treatments, they are cost-effective.
Some people can have tooth sensitivity because the enamel is removed to some extent, but this goes away after a few days.
But yes, these are irreversible because removed enamel won’t grow back, so consider other options if this concerns you. At Morgan Hill Dentistry, we have various solutions for your dental needs.
3. Does insurance cover getting veneers?
This is a cosmetic treatment that insurance companies usually don’t cover. But we have different payment options which you can discuss.
4. Are veneers irreplaceable?
Permanent veneers or other types of surfaces are replaceable. Permanent means that changes to your teeth, like enamel removal or shaping, cannot be reversed. But damaged veneers can be replaced. If you take good care of surfaces and don’t damage them, they can easily last 10-15 years.