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What are Veneers & How Long Do They Last?

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You'll find people with flawless, even smiles that are blindingly white any time you turn on the TV or browse social media. Sometimes it's easy to feel insecure with a less than perfect smile. 

Veneers can help you achieve the perfect smile you've always wanted.

Most celebrity or Insta-influencer smiles are achieved by various cosmetic dental procedures. 

Lovett Dental's team of experts can help you with any dental issue, veneers included.

Dental technology has seen many innovations, including braces and whitening. Veneers are a popular option for people with damaged or otherwise imperfect teeth. With veneers, we can alter the shape of your teeth and create a straighter smile.

Do not be deceived by their size. These tiny shells are small but pack a powerful punch. Because they are so versatile, you can hide things like:

  • Teeth with chips and cracks in them
  • Stained teeth that resist lightening with treatments
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Teeth that have suffered from bruxism-related damage

Braces are not necessary for slightly crooked or misaligned teeth.

It might seem odd that something so small can accomplish so much. The secret lies in the material used to make veneers.

The History of Veneers

Veneers were invented in 1928, and since their conception, veneers have come a long way. A veneer is a thin cap designed to hide multiple imperfections in a single tooth.

They were initially created to conceal imperfections producers saw in celebrities' big-screen smiles. The veneer was only needed for the scene's duration and could be removed at any time.

In the 1980s, dental etching was invented, and a strong adhesive became popular. Veneers could be left on for years rather than weeks. This gave rise to the veneers that we have today. This is how the term "veneer," which was once "temporary," became "permanent."

Types of Veneers:

There are a few things you need to consider when considering this dental investment as your next health investment. 

Today's veneers are the culmination of decades-old technological advances. There is no wrong choice! Both options will hide the imperfections in your smile and blend in naturally.

Composite resin and porcelain are the two most natural, biologically, and visually pleasing materials for veneers. 

Your dentist will create veneers that look and feel just like your natural teeth. High-quality materials and equipment are used to shape, color, and shape the veneer to match the surrounding teeth. You will instantly fall in love with the result, which is a transformed smile.

You can choose between porcelain and composite resin. The right material for you will depend on your lifestyle and the results you are looking for from these dental correctors.

Which Veneer Type Is Best for You?

The veneers you choose will look the same, and the application process is nearly the same.

The differences in each material could play a significant role in your decision. We will take you from start to finish applying the veneer and guide you through each step.

You'll first schedule an appointment with the dentist to discuss which areas you wish to improve your smile. Once you have both decided that veneers are for you, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and create a mold. This mold will be used to create your veneer.

Composite resin veneers that are not customized can be used to hide a flaw quickly, such as a cracked front tooth. This is also a great option for people on a budget.

What is the average life expectancy?

If you consider veneers for your front teeth, there will be questions such as "How long will veneers last?" and "Are veneers permanent?" 

Temporary Veneers are still used in emergencies. They can last for around ten days. However, "permanent" veneers can last up to 15 years if maintained and taken care of properly.

Porcelain is the best choice if you want to get veneers and have no worries afterward. Porcelain is the most natural material you can find, and it can still be sculpted and colored. It almost resembles human enamel.

Any veneer can crack or loosen with too much pressure, wear, and tear. If caught early enough, veneer repairs are simple.

Lovett Dental can help you care for your smile.

Our team will work with you to create a plan that suits your needs and fits within your budget. Get started now on your Hollywood smile!