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FAQ About Veneers

Rendering of jaw with porcelain veneer on toothYour smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. When you smile, one of the most prominent features is your teeth. If your teeth are less than perfect, the quality of your smile suffers, as does your confidence. Imperfections can also impact how others see you. If you are unhappy with your smile, Shenandoah Family Dentistry can improve the appearance of your teeth with veneers.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are a cosmetic treatment that is used to improve the appearance of teeth affected by minor flaws. They are very thin restorations that look similar to shells. Veneers are bonded to the front surfaces of affected teeth, instantly improving the quality of your smile.

What Can Veneers Treat?

Veneers can treat a wide variety of minor flaws. These flaws include:
•  Small chips or cracks in the enamel layer of your teeth.
•  A gap between your teeth.
•  Minor overlapping.
•  Disproportionately small teeth.
•  Misshapen teeth.
•  Discoloration that cannot be treated with whitening.

What are Veneers Made From?

Veneers are typically made either composite resin or porcelain. Both of these materials are made to match the exact color of your natural teeth. They are also biocompatible, meaning they will not irritate your gums. Porcelain is typically the more popular choice because it looks much more natural, is stronger than composite resin, and is stain-resistant.

Will Placing Veneers Affect My Original Teeth?

To place your veneers, we do need to alter the structure of your natural teeth slightly. We need to remove a small portion of the enamel from the front surfaces of the teeth. This allows your veneers to blend in more naturally, preventing them from looking and feeling bulky.

Does Getting Veneers Hurt?

No. The placement of your veneers will not hurt. Before we prepare your teeth, we provide you with a local anesthetic. This numbs the treatment area. We are then able to remove the enamel from your teeth with no discomfort.

What are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

Veneers provide many significant benefits. Benefits include:
•  A completely natural appearance. Both composite resin and porcelain are made to match the color of your natural teeth, allowing them to blend in with your smile.
•  Biocompatibility.
•  Improving the appearance of your teeth and enhancing the beauty of your smile.
•  Boosting your confidence.
•  Less invasive than crowns. In addition to being less invasive, veneers also cost less than crowns.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Composite resin veneers are rated to last 7 to 10 years. Porcelain veneers are rated to last 15 to 20 years. There are several factors that can impact the actual life of your veneers. In addition to the material used, factors include:
•  Oral hygiene habits.
•  Oral habits like chewing on ice or your fingernails, or using your teeth to open packaging.
•  Alcohol consumption.
•  Aggressive brushing.

Does Insurance Cover Veneers?

Most dental insurance plans do not provide coverage for cosmetic treatments including veneers. If you are unsure, you can always review your insurance policy or contact your insurance provider directly for more information.

Veneers are a great option for improving the appearance of your teeth and enhancing the beauty of your smile. If you have any other questions that have not been answered here, call Shenandoah Family Dentistry today at (540) 667-8731 to learn more.
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