Dental Veneers: How Do They Work and Will They Work for Me?

Dental Veneers Smile

Dental veneers are very thin porcelain covers that are put on top of your natural teeth to change the shape, size and color of the teeth. With the latest technology in dentistry, veneers can be made to look exactly like natural tooth enamel and are often used to create custom smiles. The longest-lasting and most natural looking veneers are made from extra high-quality porcelain. Visiting with Dr. Niles and our friendly Niles Family Dentistry team and asking about dental veneers is the first step in determining if veneers are the right option for you, or if there are alternate solutions available. Communication with Dr. Niles about what you want corrected is critical for a successful result.


How Dental Veneers Are Applied

The process involved with placing veneers usually requires approximately three dental visits. At the first visit, we will discuss whether this cosmetic dentistry procedure will work for you. On the second visit, we will remove a small amount of enamel (the outer coating of your teeth) to make room for the veneer. Typically,  only one-half millimeter is removed.  Sometimes this procedure requires local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. We trim the enamel down so that the tooth thickness/shape looks natural once the veneer is placed.  After the enamel is trimmed down, an impression is then taken of your teeth and sent to a dental lab where the veneers are custom made to fit your mouth. At the third visit, we attach the dental veneers to your teeth with special adhesive material.  Veneers are usually only applied to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling.  After these steps, you are done!  A beautiful, flawless smile has been achieved.

Why Choose Dental Veneers

Because veneers are made of material that mimics natural teeth, and are individually shaped for each patient, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between veneers and natural teeth.  Dental veneers can solve a variety of dental challenges including:

  • Misshapen teeth.  Patients that have chipped, broken, or worn down teeth are ideal candidates for dental veneers.
  • Discolored teeth. The technology behind dental veneers covers discolored teeth so that each tooth blends with the next one and no one tooth stands out in any way. Veneers are perfect for teeth that don’t respond to whitening.  They cover stains that other cosmetic treatments aren’t able to.  Dr. Niles will help you choose a shade of veneer that will give you a beautiful, natural-looking, white smile.
  • Teeth gaps. Dental veneers can be constructed to fill irregular teeth gaps in your smile. Patients love this ability of dental veneers since it can give them the smile they have always wanted without the need for braces.
  • Crooked teeth.  Using a masking technique, dental veneers can be adhered to hide teeth that are crooked or uneven.  The result is a stunning set of teeth that look perfectly shaped and aligned with the rest of the teeth.


Are Dental Veneers Right for You?

Dental veneers are a great way to obtain a natural, beautifully-balanced smile, but, unfortunately, they are not appropriate for all dental conditions. During your initial consultation with Dr. Niles, she will be able to ascertain if you are a good candidate for this cosmetic procedure. If  your teeth have been weakened by decay, fractures, or large fillings, dental veneers are not your best option. If your teeth have been significantly weakened, you may need crowns instead. Crowns are also necessary if you have missing teeth. The advantage of dental veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable.  People who clench their jaws and grind their teeth are also poor candidates for veneers since this can cause veneers to crack or chip.  Unlike other cosmetic options, porcelain veneers won’t be stained by cigarette smoke, coffee, tea, and red wine.  


Maintaining Your Dental Veneers

Before choosing to have dental veneers placed, it is important to understand what is involved with caring for your dental veneers so you get the most out of your investment.  If you take good care of them, your veneers can last 10 years or longer.  Dental veneers are extremely strong, but because of their thin nature, they can break or fall off if they are abused.  To prevent this from happening, proper maintenance requires that you avoid biting your nails and chewing on pencils, ice, and other hard objects.  Dental veneers are adhered to your natural teeth and those teeth can still become decayed. By practicing good dental hygiene you can prevent the need to totally cover the tooth with a crown. Regular dental checkups will also help ensure that your veneers stay strong and flawless-looking.


Call for a Dental Veneers Consultation

If you want to improve your smile, and believe dental veneers are for you, Niles Family Dentistry is here to help you achieve your smile goals. Our state of the art dental techniques and warm, friendly, fun environment are designed to help you enjoy the process of obtaining a beautiful, healthy smile. Call today for a free dental veneers consultation at (720) 744-0001.  Niles Family Dentistry serves the families of the Niwot, Longmont & Boulder communities. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Ashley Niles

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