Dental Veneers: Better, Brighter, Whiter Smiles

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If you're not fully happy with your smile, you're not alone. One study says as many as 80 percent of people are not happy with their smile.1 Dental veneers may be a good answer for you.

Covering your tooth

Sometimes the color, shape or length of your teeth can make you feel self-conscious or just aren't the look you want for your smile. There is something you can do about it. Dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers, are very thin layers that covers the front and sides of your tooth.2 Your dentist uses this to change the color, shape, and/or size of your tooth.

Why people like them

On top of making your smile look great, dental veneers are a good choice for many of reasons. They're easy to clean and stain resistant, which means they usually stay bright and white. They are very strong—it's hard to chip or crack them. Dental veneers can also last up to 20 years or more if you take good care of them like you would your original teeth.3

Dental veneers are used to fix:

  • Teeth that are stained or a different color
  • Teeth that have been worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that have an unusual shape
  • Teeth with gaps between them2

Easy as 1,2,3

There are three steps to take if you want dental veneers. First, you'll need to talk to your dentist and explain what you hope they'll do for you. You should tell your dentist what you don't like about your smile, and why you think dental veneers are the right answer. Your dentist can tell you more about them and which teeth to treat.

Second, you'll have an X-ray taken, and maybe an impression, or copy, made of your teeth. Your dentist will then send this information about your teeth to a company that will make your dental veneers to fit each tooth you're treating. It usually takes a few weeks for them to make the veneers and send them back to your dentist. Finally, your dentist will put the veneers in place.

A few things to remember

While dental veneers can make your smile better, brighter, and whiter, remember the following things:

  • Many dental veneers are permanent—you can't take them off once they're put on. Sometimes, the dentist has to remove a very thin layer of your tooth to make room for the dental veneer. Your dentist uses a strong cement, or special glue, to keep it on your tooth.
  • If you chip or crack your dental veneer, it may not be able to be fixed without replacing the entire veneer.
  • Some people's teeth feel more sensitive to very hot or very cold food and drinks after they get dental veneers.
  • If you get dental veneers, you should not chew hard or extra sticky food like hard candy.
  • Chewing ice can also damage dental veneers.2

1 http://www.aacd.com/veneers
2 http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers?page=2
3 http://www.aacd.com/veneerinfographic