Questions About Dental Veneers

Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, Swarthmore and Delaware County, PA

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are wafer thin shells that are placed over the front surface of your teeth. Dental veneers are shaped and sized to fit seamlessly into your smile, but can be shaded to significantly improve the brightness of individual teeth as well.

What can dental veneers fix?

Dental veneers can be used to address a number of common cosmetic dental problems, and are frequently the fastest and most effective solution for issues such as chips, gaps, and irregular tooth sizes. Because they are placed over the front of your natural teeth, dental veneers are also the best solution for eliminating discoloration caused by mineralization or medications such as tetracycline.

How are dental veneers placed?

To place dental veneers, Media, Pennsylvania cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Hillyard will need to remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel. This prevents your veneers from projecting unnaturally from your smile.

Each smile is different and the amount of enamel removed will be dependent on your specific needs, but Dr. Hillyard removes as little of your natural enamel as possible to ensure optimal results while still preserving the structural integrity of treated teeth.

How are dental veneers cared for?

After your dental veneers have been placed, you will care for them in much the same manner as your natural teeth. It is best if you choose a nonabrasive toothpaste and use a soft bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth after every meal and snack. Flossing should be done at least once a day and, should you choose to use a mouthwash, make sure it does not contain alcohol. The alcohol in many commercial mouthwashes can weaken the bonding that holds your dental veneers in place. Make sure you continue to visit our office every six months for examinations and teeth cleanings to help ensure optimal oral health.

How long do dental veneers last?

The amount of time your dental veneers last depends largely on how you care for them. Dental veneers are incredibly strong, but can still be chipped or cracked by chewing on hard candies or ice. As a general rule, if something is bad for your natural teeth, it is also bad for your veneers.

While your results will be unique, many people find dental veneers continue to produce stunning results for ten years or more. Dr. Hillyard will discuss the best ways to lengthen the life of your dental veneers during your cosmetic dentistry planning phase.

To learn more about dental veneers in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, including the communities of Media, Newtown Square, Wallingford, and Swarthmore, please call 610-566-0291 or contact Dr. Gregory Hillyard online today to schedule your initial cosmetic dentistry consultation.