What Are Dental Veneers Used For?

A dental veneer is a tooth-colored shell that can be applied to the front of a tooth. They are often used to hide issues with a tooth’s appearance including cracked teeth, discoloration, etc. Most commonly, dental veneers are made using either porcelain or resin composite materials. When going to a dentist they will select a veneer that matches the look of your surrounding teeth to create an even smile. Veneers are often used with other cosmetic dental treatments to improve the look of a smile. If you live in the Lewiston Maine area and are interested in cosmetic dental services, please contact us. 

A woman's teeth next to dental veneers

What Are The Benefits of Dental Veeners?

Veneers are a purely cosmetic procedure designed to improve a patient’s smile. While they are not designed to improve oral health, they can help patients feel more confident in their smiles. Many patients will get a full set of veneers at once in order to get a smile that looks consistent in terms of shaping and color. If you have misshapen teeth, broken or cracked teeth or issues with discoloration, dental veneers might be right for you. Here at Joy Family Dentistry, we provide full cosmetic dental services including professional teeth whitening, reshaping, and more. Some patients might be better fits for veneers vs other cosmetic dental services. A smile makeover, for example, will group multiple procedures together to get the best result. 

How Are Veneers Put On Teeth?

The dental veneer procedure usually requires two dental visits over the course of 1 to 2 weeks. The first visit will involve your dentist getting the mold they need in order to custom make the veneer that will cover your tooth or teeth. Once the veneers are done being constructed your dentist will set up a second appointment to have them permanently bonded to your teeth. During the procedure, your teeth will be cleaned professionally to prevent any bacteria from being stuck between the teeth and the bacteria. After cleaning the veneer is cemented to the tooth using dental cement and ultraviolet light. The total procedure takes around 2 hours depending on how many veneers are being attached. 

Cosmetic Dentist in Lewiston Maine

Our dentists provide cosmetic dental services for Southern Maine. Whether you need professional teeth cleaning before an event, or want a full smile makeover, our team can help you. Please give us a call or use the button below to get in contact with our team