A Stunning Smile

What You Need To Know About Veneers

by Dr. Edmond Suh // April - May - June 2023

Veneers are a popular choice for those looking to enhance the appearance of their natural teeth. Used to correct gaps, chips, discoloration, and other dental issues, they can give you a stunning new smile. But what do you really know about them?

Types of Veneers

Veneers come in two main types: porcelain and composite. Composite veneers are made from a composite material and are much less expensive than porcelain ones. However, composite veneers are more prone to staining and may need to be replaced more often. Porcelain veneers are made from actual porcelain, are durable and more resistant to staining. This option may cost more upfront, but they often last longer than their composite counterpart; on the other hand, composite veneers are more affordable, but may need to be replaced more often.

How Long Do they Last?

Their longevity depends on a few factors, including the type of material used and the level of care taken. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers can last for up to 15 years or longer with proper care. Meanwhile, composite veneers only last for five to eight years with proper care. Additionally, lifestyle can also affect longevity. Those who are more active or participate in contact sports may find their veneers more prone to damage. And those who frequently drink or eat acidic foods or beverages may find theirs becoming discolored more quickly. Keep in mind these are just estimates, and the actual lifespan may be shorter or longer depending on the individual.

Caring for Your Veneers

Caring for your veneers is essential to ensuring they last as long as possible, regardless of the material. Here are some tips to help you take good care of them to maintain their integrity and appearance:

– Brush and floss regularly to remove plaque and food particles that can cause staining and discoloration;
– Avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice;
– Avoid biting your nails or using your teeth to open packages;
– Avoid smoking or drinking dark-colored beverages such as coffee or tea;
– Avoid eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks that can cause discoloration;
– Visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure your veneers are in good condition.

Veneers Versus Other Cosmetic Solutions

Veneers are not the only option for those looking to enhance the appearance of their teeth. Other cosmetic solutions such as crowns, bridges, and implants may also be used to improve the appearance of a smile. However, veneers are often the preferred choice due to their affordability and ease of application. They can also correct minor flaws such as chips and gaps without having to replace the entire tooth.

Pros and Cons of Veneers

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are both pros and cons to getting veneers. On the plus side, veneers can give you a stunning new smile in a relatively short amount of time. They are also easy to apply and far less invasive than other cosmetic proce-

dures. Additionally, veneers are often much more affordable than other options. On the downside, veneers are not permanent and as I mentioned previously, may need to be replaced after a few years, and can be prone to staining and discoloration over time. Additionally, veneers may not be suitable for those with severely damaged or decayed teeth.

Veneers are an excellent option for those looking to enhance the appearance of their teeth. Depending on the type of material used and the level of care taken, veneers can provide you with a stunning new smile for many years to come. It is essential to understand the different types available and the maintenance requirements for each, the pros and cons, and the cost of the procedure before making a decision – keeping all of these factors in mind will help to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Dr. Edmond Suh

Owner of Supremia Dentistry, located at 1711 S. Main St. in Wake Forest.