Many people who are familiar with what dental veneers do are not quite sure what they are called. At the dental clinic of Dr. M. Shoaib Khan, a common question is, “What are dental veneers?” Also called porcelain or teeth veneers, dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option for disguising minor issues that affect the appearance of a person’s smile. The paper-thin veneer fits over the affected tooth. This procedure might be right for you if:
- You have not had good results with professional or over-the-counter teeth whitening kits.
- A large gap is present between two of your teeth that makes you feel reluctant to smile.
- One or more teeth are cracked, chipped, misaligned, or misshapen.
Getting dental veneers is a simple, non-invasive procedure that can have a dramatic effect on your appearance.
How it Works
If you’re interested in dental veneers, the first step is to have Dr. Khan complete an oral examination. He needs to make sure that the affected tooth is durable enough to hold the veneer after placement. The next step is for him to remove a tiny amount of enamel from the tooth to make room for the veneer. This ensures that the tooth with the veneer attached does not stick out past the other teeth. You then come back for a final fitting of your dental veneer. We match the shade to that of the nearby teeth so the treated tooth looks completely natural.
With proper attention to oral hygiene, your new veneer can last up to a decade before you need to consider replacement. It’s also highly resistant to staining, even if you smoke, drink a lot of coffee or cola, or regularly eat dark-colored foods. However, you should avoid these practices so the nearby teeth don’t look yellow in comparison.