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What Are Veneers?

January 9, 2023
Posted By: Dr. Jason Justison
Six veneers on a surface at cosmetic dentist in Wilmington, DE

Veneers are custom-shaped tooth coverings made of porcelain or composite resin placed on the fronts of teeth that show when you smile. The goal of veneers is to conceal aesthetic flaws to improve the tooth’s appearance.

What Problems Do Veneers Fix?

Dental veneers are a versatile tooth restoration because our cosmetic dentists in Wilmington, DE use them to improve several smile imperfections, including:

  • Improve the appearance of a gummy smile
  • Cover chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Even out tooth shape or size differences
  • Fill in wide gaps or uneven spacing
  • Conceal slightly crooked teeth
  • Improve stained or discolored teeth

What Are the Different Types of Dental Veneers?

You have more than one option when considering veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

The most well-known are porcelain veneers, commonly associated with glamorous red-carpet smiles; however, you don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy veneers’ benefits!

One benefit of porcelain veneers is that they mimic the translucent appearance of tooth enamel but are more stain resistant. Your Wilmington cosmetic dentist ensures a natural-looking appearance by selecting a shade that matches the surrounding teeth.

Veneers can last 10 years or longer with proper care. Their lifespan is affected by teeth grinding, fingernail biting, and chewing on hard objects like ice or pencils.

Composite Veneers

If you are looking for a more affordable alternative, composite veneers are an excellent choice. Instead of porcelain restorations fabricated in a dental lab, your dentist places this type of veneer directly on your tooth. For this reason, they are also referred to as direct veneers.

Your cosmetic dentist uses tooth-colored composite resin to alter the tooth’s shape or size to improve its appearance. Direct veneers are commonly used to reduce gaps and uneven spaces, fix minor breaks, or cover a discolored or dark tooth.

While composite veneers are more affordable, they must be replaced every 5–7 years. Unlike porcelain veneers, minimal tooth preparation is involved in fitting them so they can be removed anytime without damage.

Get Started with Veneers in Wilmington, DE

If you’re considering veneers, your cosmetic dentists at Justison and Gladnick Family Dentistry in Wilmington, DE can help you. They will evaluate your situation and recommend the best type of veneer for your needs. Call our 19808 dentist office today at (302) 994-2660 to book a consultation for veneers!

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