what are veneers?

Veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped dental prostheses. They are meant to cover up the front surfaces of your natural teeth, enhancing their shape, size, and appearance. With a set of veneers, you can get a truly picture-perfect smile. Veneers are also highly versatile, durable, and convenient. They're one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in Greenville. Contact Ladd Family Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Parke Ladd to learn more, and see if veneers are right for you.

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Dental veneers are made out of porcelain ceramic materials. This material is nonporous, and this means that veneers are completely immune to tooth stains that can affect your natural enamel.

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How it works: The veneers process

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To begin the process, Dr. Ladd will meet with you, examine your teeth, and discuss your options for cosmetic treatment in Greenville. Some other options include dental bonding and teeth whitening. You’ll work together to choose the treatment that’s right for your needs.

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Tooth Prep and veneer fitting

After you’re approved, you’ll come in for a follow-up. Dr. Ladd will clean and numb your mouth, then remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth that’s getting a veneer. Then, he will take images and impressions of your teeth, and send these to a dental lab. This is where your veneers will be made. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. You’ll be sent home with a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth.

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final veneer placement

Once your permanent veneers are done, you’ll come into Ladd Family Dental for your final appointment. Dr. Ladd will remove your temporaries, then clean up your teeth and check the fit of each permanent veneer. He’ll make any necessary final adjustments, then bond your veneers in place permanently with dental cement. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your brand-new smile.

what can veneers fix?

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Chipped teeth

If you have minor chips in your teeth, veneers can cover them up and restore your appearance. However, veneers are only meant for healthy teeth, and are not intended to fix severely damaged or deeply chipped teeth. More extensive damage may require restorative treatment, such as dental crowns.

Small or misshapen teeth

If you have small or misshapen teeth, veneers can fit right over your existing teeth, cover them up, and enhance your smile. Your new teeth will look perfectly even, bright, and beautiful.

Gaps in your smile

Veneers can be used to treat gaps in your smile. By enlarging your teeth, veneers can close gaps in the front teeth. However, large gaps may not be suitable for treatment with veneers. You may need Invisalign, braces, or another orthodontic treatment to close large gaps before you can get treatment with veneers.

severe tooth stains

Some stains are too deep to be treated with teeth whitening alone. If you have severely stained teeth, veneers may be the answer. Veneers can cover up your teeth and brighten your smile, treating even the most severe stains.

Did you know…

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Porcelain veneers can last 10-12 years.

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Can veneers be reversed?

No. Veneers require a thin layer of enamel to be removed from your teeth. Once your veneers are in place, your teeth will be just as strong as they were before this layer was removed. But if your veneers are removed, your teeth will be a lot weaker and more susceptible to decay and damage.

Because of this, the veneers process is not reversible. It’s not possible to change your mind and have your veneers reversed. If you don’t like the idea of permanent, irreversible cosmetic dentistry, alternative treatment like dental bonding or teeth whitening may be better options.

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How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. They are thin, custom-made shells that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to cover imperfections and enhance their shape and color. One common question that patients often ask is, "How long do veneers last?"

The lifespan of veneers can vary depending on several factors, including the type of material used, your oral hygiene habits, and your lifestyle choices. On average, porcelain veneers can last between 10 to 15 years, while composite veneers have a shorter lifespan of around 5 to 7 years. However, with proper care and regular dental check-ups, veneers can last even longer.

To ensure the longevity of your veneers, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene practices. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. Avoid habits that can potentially damage your veneers, such as biting on hard objects or using your teeth as tools.

While veneers are durable, they are not indestructible. Over time, normal wear and tear can occur, and the veneers may need to be replaced or repaired. If you notice any chips, cracks, or changes in the appearance of your veneers, it's essential to visit your dentist as soon as possible to address the issue.

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What Happens To Teeth Under Veneers?

Veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of your teeth, but what happens to the teeth underneath the veneers? This is a common concern among patients considering veneers as a treatment option.

Before placing veneers, a small amount of enamel is typically removed from the front surface of the teeth to ensure a proper fit and natural appearance. This process is irreversible, and it's important to understand that once you have veneers, you will always need veneers or some form of dental restoration on those teeth.

The amount of enamel removed is minimal, usually less than a millimeter, and is done under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Once the enamel is removed, impressions of your teeth are taken, and the veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly.

Underneath the veneers, your natural teeth will remain intact. However, it's important to note that veneers do not provide any additional strength or protection to your teeth. Therefore, it's crucial to maintain good oral hygiene practices and avoid habits that can potentially damage your veneers and underlying teeth.

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Are Veneers Painful?

One of the most common concerns patients have when considering veneers is whether the procedure is painful. The good news is that getting veneers is generally a painless process.

Before the procedure begins, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. This ensures that you won't feel any pain or discomfort during the enamel removal process and the placement of the veneers.

Some patients may experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after the anesthetic wears off, but this is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. If you have any concerns about pain or discomfort during the procedure, it's important to discuss them with your dentist beforehand.

It's worth noting that the process of getting veneers involves minimal discomfort compared to other dental procedures. Your dentist will take every precaution to ensure your comfort throughout the entire process.

Did you know…

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Veneers can be made from different material with different durability.

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