Dental Veneers in West Seneca, NY
Experienced West Seneca Dentists Providing Porcelain and Composite Dental Veneers
Despite our best efforts, our smiles can lose their luster over time. With dental veneers, you can enhance the appearance and strength of your teeth in just a few visits.
Teeth can become discolored due to dietary choices, crowns can wear away from grinding and daily use, and cavities can have complications that linger on the enamel. One option for restoring a smile to its optimal appearance is the installation of veneers. Dental veneers are not a permanent fix for any underlying condition that has affected the strength and health of teeth, and they are not recommended for individuals who require urgent treatment for chronic issues such as gingivitis and dental caries that has since healed. Nevertheless, veneers remain useful for providing a long-lasting improvement to the appearance of the smile.
Veneers are strong yet paper-thin devices that are placed over the enamel to hinder wear and tear. Just as artificial nails are used to thicken, lengthen, and alter the color of fingernails, veneers are implemented to make teeth look whiter, appear regular in shape, and resist bacteria and plaque. Unlike acrylic nails, however, which require maintenance and replacement every few weeks, veneers can retain their integrity for over a decade, offering a nearly permanent solution to an imperfect smile.
There are two main types of dental veneers: porcelain and composite. Though both materials are effective, each has its own benefits and disadvantages. Dental porcelain is a firm ceramic that is particularly resistant to discoloration and stains, and these veneers easily mimic the natural appearance of teeth. However, porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite veneers, and they require substantial removal of enamel in order to be installed. Dental composite resin is a synthetic polymer, much like silicone, vinyl, and nylon, and veneers made from this material are a fraction of the price of those made from porcelain and can usually be installed in a single visit to the dentist. Though composite veneers are less durable than porcelain veneers are, they can be repaired more easily, and installation requires the removal of less enamel than their porcelain counterparts necessitate.
Because veneers are intended to last for years, steps must be taken to ensure that they adhere to the surfaces of teeth as much as possible. One of these measures involves the etching of teeth, that is, the creation of small grooves in the enamel. Just as asphalt bonds more strongly to roads when they are resurfaced, teeth must be scored for veneers to remain in place. Because this etching is permanent, it is recommended that candidates for dental veneers be aware of the effect that installation will have on their teeth.
Once you have decided to receive veneers, your dentist will etch your teeth, making barely perceptible ridges in the enamel. Then, an impression will be made of your teeth in order to determine the ideal size and shape of your veneers. While the impression is sent to a dental laboratory for veneer design and processing, your dentist may provide you with temporary veneers to use. On your follow-up visit, your dentist will place the permanent veneers on your teeth to assess how well the veneers fit. Assuming that no adjustments to the veneers are necessary, your dentist will clean your teeth and install the veneers using a thin layer of cement, which will harden through exposure to a dental curing light. You may experience minor discomfort over the first few days following the procedure as you become accustomed to your new veneers, but the result will be a clearer, whiter smile and fortified teeth capable of fighting off bacteria.