How Do Dental Veneers Work

How Do Dental Veneers Work?

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Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dental treatment that can completely transform your smile. Veneers can correct a variety of imperfections in teeth ranging from chips to stains, and small or irregularly shaped teeth. Veneers can also close small gaps between teeth. Although there are a variety of types of dental veneers, they all work by using a shell-like covering placed over the surface (visible part) of the teeth. Read on to learn more about how dental veneers work.

Types of Dental Veneers

Several types of veneers that may be suitable for patients who wish to improve the appearance of their smiles 

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Lumineers
  • Composite veneers

Lumineers and porcelain veneers are similar, in that they are both made of porcelain. However, the porcelain used to make Lumineers is thinner than traditional porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are made of composite resin, which is the same material used in dental bonding and dental fillings.

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are more durable than composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers can typically last 15 years or even much longer before they need to be replaced.  Lumineers may also last a long time, but due to their thinner composition may need to be replaced within 10 years. Veneers made from composite resin are not as durable as either type of porcelain veneers, typically needing to be replaced within 5-7 years.  

Finally, there are prefabricated or “instant veneers” available. However, these are not custom-made to fit each patient, so our dentists do not recommend them to patients. 

How Veneers Work

Getting dental veneers is considered a non-invasive surgery. However, your teeth will need to be prepared to accommodate the veneers. Preparing the teeth for veneers involves removing a very thin layer of the tooth enamel. This is done to create space for the veneer and to keep them flush with the gums. Porcelain veneers will require a bit more of the enamel to be removed than Lumineers or composite veneers.

Then the tooth will be etched using a mild acid, which makes the surface slightly rough, so that the veneers can securely bond to the teeth. Each veneer will then be placed on its corresponding tooth. Your dentist may make minor adjustments to ensure a seamless, secure fit. The veneer will cover the entire front surface of the teeth and wrap just slightly around the bottom and sides of the teeth. Once a perfect fit has been made, the veneers will be bonded to the teeth. 

Caring for Veneers

You will need to practice excellent oral hygiene and continue to see your dentist every six months once you receive veneers. Porcelain veneers and Lumineers are designed to repel stains, but you should limit foods known to cause staining including coffee, red wine, tea, brightly colored sauces, sugary sports drinks, etc. 

Composite veneers may also become discolored over time, so it's best to limit stain-causing foods and beverages or use straws. You should continue to brush at least twice daily, and floss daily using a water flosser, thread, or dental tape. 

If a veneer ever comes loose or develops a chip, contact your dentist for an appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Veneers 

Will insurance pay for veneers?

No. Dental insurance does not cover cosmetic dental treatment. However, at Lindenwold Dental Center we accept all credit cards and CareCredit, which offers no-interest or low-interest payments to be made over time.

Will I need anesthesia for veneers?

Not necessarily. But, local anesthesia may be appropriate if you have sensitive teeth. Likewise, if you have dental fears or anxiety, Dr. Said will work with you to determine the best type of sedation to help you relax so that you can receive the dental treatments desired. 

Book a Cosmetic Dental Consultation in Lindenwold, NJ

At Lindenwold Dental Center, Dr. Said is a highly experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist who earned his dental degree from Rutgers University of Dental Medicine. Dr. Said is a proud Captain in the US Army Reserve Dental Corps at Fort Dix Base in South Jersey. To book an appointment, call 856-783-3777 or send us a message