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Veneers are the standard solution for the cosmetic improvement of your smile.


what are veneers?


Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. They are typically made of porcelain or composite resin and are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, chipped, cracked, or misaligned. Veneers can be placed on one or multiple teeth, and they are bonded to the tooth's surface with a dental adhesive. They can be a cosmetic solution for teeth that are otherwise healthy but have aesthetic imperfections.

why porcelain?


At Sandy Dental we provide only porcelain veneers as we feel that the material is superior at resisting stains. On the other hand, resin veneers can yellow over time. 

  1. Durability: Porcelain is a strong and durable material that can last for many years with proper care. Porcelain veneers are less likely to chip or crack compared to resin veneers.

  2. Stain resistance: Porcelain is highly resistant to staining, which means that porcelain veneers are less likely to become discolored over time. This is especially important for people who drink coffee, tea, or red wine, which can stain resin veneers.

  3. Aesthetics: Porcelain veneers are highly translucent, which means that they closely mimic the natural appearance of teeth. They also have a smooth, polished surface that feels more natural compared to resin veneers.

  4. Maintenance: Porcelain veneers require less maintenance than resin veneers. They are less likely to chip or wear down over time, and they do not require periodic polishing or replacement.

  5. Strength: Porcelain veneers can better withstand the forces of biting and chewing compared to resin veneers. They are less likely to fracture or break under normal chewing forces.

what do i need to know?


The process of getting veneers involves removing a small amount of the tooth's surface to make room for the veneer. This means that veneers are not considered a reversible procedure. Once the enamel is removed, it cannot be replaced. In other words, if you decide to have your veneers removed, the underlying tooth structure may be exposed and can be more sensitive or prone to damage. At Sandy Dental, Dr. Borges always stresses to his patients the permanency of the procedure. As an ethical professional, it upsets him to hear advertisements for veneers misguiding patients with promises of "completely reversible." Your natural teeth will look different after being prepared for veneers.

Additionally, it is important to note that veneers may need to be replaced  more than once in your lifetime, especially if they become damaged or worn over time. Frequent visits to check on the health of the underlying teeth are also critical to prevent decay or stop it before it spreads.

getting dental veneers

Getting dental veneers at Sandy Dental typically involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation and examination: The dentist will examine your teeth, take x-rays, and discuss your goals for your smile. They will determine if dental veneers are a suitable option for you.

  2. Preparation: To prepare for the veneers, the dentist will remove a small amount of the tooth's surface (usually less than a millimeter) to make room for the veneer. They will take impressions of your teeth to create custom veneers that fit perfectly.

  3. Temporary veneers: While your permanent veneers are being made, the dentist may place temporary veneers on your teeth to protect them and help you adjust to the feel of the veneers.

  4. Bonding: Once your permanent veneers are ready, the dentist will check the fit and color and make any necessary adjustments. They will then clean and prepare your teeth for bonding by etching the surface of your teeth. The veneers will be placed on your teeth with a dental adhesive and cured with a special light.

  5. Follow-up: You may need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

The process of getting dental veneers is typically not painful, as the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. However, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. With proper care, dental veneers can last for many years, and they can provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution for improving the appearance of your smile.

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how long do veneers last?


The lifespan of veneers can vary depending on several factors, including the material used, the quality of the placement, and how well they are cared for. Porcelain veneers typically last longer than composite resin veneers, with an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, while composite resin veneers may last around 5 to 7 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, veneers can last much longer.

To help extend the life of your veneers, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. You should also avoid biting down on hard objects, such as ice or pens, which can chip or damage your veneers. Additionally, it may be helpful to wear a mouthguard at night if you tend to grind your teeth while sleeping as this grinding (bruxism) will damage your veneers or may cause them to fall off.

It is important to note that veneers may need to be replaced over time due to natural wear and tear, or if they become damaged or discolored. Your dentist can assess the condition of your veneers and recommend the best course of action if replacement is necessary.


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