How Are Veneers Applied?

woman getting her veneer color matched by dentist

You may think veneers are just for celebrities or social media stars, but this dental cosmetic procedure is more accessible than you may think. Even if you are an average Joe or regular Rachel, veneers can be within reach. If you’ve been unhappy with your smile’s appearance and it’s affecting your confidence on the day-to-day, getting veneers may be an avenue to increase your self-image with a smile you can show off.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are a common cosmetic dental procedure employed by many patients in order to remedy chipped, broken,  stained, or generally unsightly teeth.  They are thin layers of porcelain or composite materials that are placed over and bonded to your teeth. They function like natural teeth and can be personalized to your unique aesthetic goals. 

artificial jaw models with veneers

What Are The Different Types Of Veneers?

While there are many different types of veneers, the most commonly applied types of veneers are composite and porcelain. 

Porcelain Veneers are generally considered the premium option. They are made up of a porcelain material that protects your natural teeth and are custom-designed for your unique needs. They mimic the look and feel of natural teeth seamlessly and typically last between 15 and 20 years. They are also resistant to staining and extremely durable; however, they are the most expensive type of veneer on the market and typically take two visits to apply.

Composite Veneers are another viable option. They are made up of the same material used in fillings and are generally cheaper than porcelain veneers; however, they don’t usually last as long and often appear duller. Composite veneers are sculpted at your dentist’s office and can be applied in a single appointment.

How Are Veneers Applied?

You’ll begin the process by scheduling an initial consultation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and determine if veneers are right for you. During this visit, you can discuss your aesthetic goals and budget to come up with a plan tailored to your needs. You should always be clear with your expectations, as this procedure is permanent. 

Once you’ve come up with a plan of action, your dentist will prep your teeth for the application process. They will remove a small portion of enamel to make room for the veneer. 

Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth. They typically do these by either creating physical molds with impression putty or using digital scans of your mouth. Depending on the type of veneer you’ve selected, they’ll either create the veneer in-house or send the impressions off to a dental lab to be constructed. Some veneers can take a couple of weeks to be completed in the lab.

While your veneers are being created, your dentist will place a covering over the teeth to protect them until your application appointment.

Once your veneers have been created, your dentist will check them to make sure they are the perfect, color, size, and fit. They will then begin the application process.  First, your tooth will be etched to foster a better bond, then your dentist will use a specialized bonding agent to glue them onto your teeth. Afterward, any excess bonding agent will be scraped off. 

After the application is complete, you’ll have a follow-up appointment to ensure the veneers are sitting comfortably and beautifully.

Ho Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers last anywhere from 7-20 years, depending on their composition, your dental habits, and the expertise of the dentist who applied them. It’s important to do your due diligence by researching cosmetic dental practices, veneer types, and your aesthetic preferences.  You should also consider your personal budget when choosing which veneers are right for you.

woman choosing a shade for her veneers at the dentist

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You’d be amazed at how much this simple procedure can improve your confidence and overall quality of life. By improving the appearance of your smile, you’ll feel more attractive and self-assured in any situation. Whether you are giving a speech at your friend’s wedding, meeting coworkers for drinks, or interviewing for a new position, you’ll be able to focus on the task at hand. Just ask the people whose smiles we’ve already transformed.

If you are still on the fence about whether veneers are right for you, reach out to our friendly team of professionals at Greenspoint Dental in North Houston, Texas. We are here to answer any additional questions you may have. If you are ready for a whiter and more beautiful smile, schedule your consultation at Greenspoint Dental today!