Dental Veneers

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601 Greenville Avenue

Staunton, VA 24401

Smile with Confidence!

Do you have the desire to change the color, shape, size, or length of your stubborn, unattractive tooth or teeth? If so, our team at the dental practice of Dr. Jesse Myers & Dr. Alan J. White is thrilled to give you the option of using dental veneers!

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, porcelain coverings that are bonded to the front of your tooth to improve its appearance. They have the ability to change the shape, size, length and color of one or multiple teeth in a very conservative manner. 

Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists here in Staunton, VA to see if veneers are right for you!

Patient Success Stories

"Thank you Dr. Myers for my new, confident smile!!! My whole life I had been insecure about showing my teeth because of my large gap and the shape of my front teeth. Now, after veneers, I’m SO happy to finally show off a smile that I’m proud of! Dr. Myers did an incredible job and I can’t recommend his work enough! Thank you SO SO much!"

- Lybill, 2023

Comprehensive Guide to Dental Veneers:

Everything You Need to Know

What are Veneers and How do They Work?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are typically made of porcelain or composite resin and are used to address a range of cosmetic dental issues. Here's how veneers work and what they can achieve:

  • Consultation and Examination: The process begins with a consultation with one of our dentists. During this appointment, you'll discuss your goals and concerns for your smile. The dentist will also perform a comprehensive examination to ensure that veneers are a suitable option for you.
  • Treatment Planning: If veneers are deemed appropriate, one of our dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan. This plan outlines the number of veneers needed and the desired outcome.
  • Tooth Preparation: Before veneers can be placed, a small amount of enamel is typically removed from the front surface of the teeth receiving veneers. This is done to create space for the veneers and ensure a natural appearance. In some cases, minimal to no enamel removal is required.
  • Impressions: After tooth preparation, impressions of your teeth are taken. These impressions serve as the basis for crafting custom veneers that precisely fit your teeth.
  • Veneer Fabrication: The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where skilled technicians create your custom veneers. This process may take a few weeks, during which temporary veneers may be placed if necessary.
  • Veneer Bonding: Once the veneers are ready, they are placed on your teeth using a strong dental adhesive. The dentist will ensure that the fit and appearance are perfect before permanently bonding them in place.
  • Final Adjustments: After bonding, any necessary adjustments are made to ensure that your bite is comfortable and the veneers look natural.

Dental veneers can address various cosmetic issues, including:

  • Stained or discolored teeth: Veneers can cover teeth that are resistant to whitening treatments.
  • Chipped or worn teeth: Veneers can restore the appearance of damaged teeth.
  • Gaps or spaces between teeth: Veneers can close minor gaps and create a more uniform smile.
  • Misaligned or uneven teeth: Veneers can provide the appearance of straighter teeth without the need for orthodontic treatment.
  • Irregularly shaped teeth: Veneers can enhance the shape and symmetry of teeth for a more attractive smile.

Dental veneers are a versatile and effective cosmetic dentistry option for individuals seeking to improve the appearance of their teeth. They provide durable and natural-looking results, and with proper care, they can last for many years, enhancing your smile and confidence.

What do I Need to do Before Getting Veneers?

Before getting veneers, there are several important steps and considerations to ensure a successful outcome. Here's what you need to do before getting veneers:

  • Consultation: Schedule a consultation with one of our qualified dentists. During this appointment, discuss your goals and concerns for your smile. They will perform a thorough examination to assess your oral health and determine if veneers are the right option for you.
  • Dental Health: Ensure that your oral health is in good condition. Any underlying issues, such as cavities or gum disease, should be addressed and treated before veneers are considered.
  • Clarify Expectations: Have a clear understanding of what you expect from veneers. Discuss the desired color, shape, and size of your veneers with our dental team, and consider bringing photos of smiles you admire as reference.
  • Treatment Plan: Work with one of our dentists to create a treatment plan that outlines the number of veneers needed and the specific teeth that will receive them.
  • Budget: Discuss the cost of veneers and any financing options with our dental team. Veneers are typically considered a cosmetic procedure and most likely not covered by dental insurance. Please see payment options here.
  • Enamel Preservation: Understand that a minimal amount of enamel may need to be removed from the front surface of the teeth receiving veneers. This step is essential to create space for the veneers and ensure a natural appearance.
  • Temporary Veneers: If necessary, discuss the possibility of temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being fabricated in a dental laboratory.
  • Maintenance and Aftercare: Prepare for proper aftercare and maintenance of your veneers, which includes regular dental check-ups and cleanings. Veneers can last for many years with proper care.
  • Questions and Concerns: Don't hesitate to ask any questions or express concerns you may have during the consultation or treatment planning process. It's essential that you are fully informed and comfortable with the decision to get veneers.
  • Follow Pre-Op Instructions: Our experienced dentists will provide you with specific pre-operative instructions, such as avoiding certain foods or medications before the procedure. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth veneer placement process.

By taking these steps and working closely with our dental team, you can prepare effectively for the veneer placement process, achieve your desired smile enhancements, and ensure the long-term success of your veneers.

How long do Veneers Last?

The lifespan of veneers can vary depending on several factors, including the type of veneers, your oral hygiene practices, and your habits. On average:

  • Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are highly durable and can last between 10 to 15 years or even longer with proper care. Porcelain is stain-resistant, so it maintains its appearance over time.
  • Composite Resin Veneers: Composite veneers are less durable than porcelain and typically have a shorter lifespan, often ranging from 5 to 7 years. They may be more prone to staining and chipping.

To maximize the longevity of your veneers:

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent plaque buildup and maintain healthy gums.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings to ensure the health of your teeth and the integrity of your veneers.
  • Avoid Habits: Refrain from habits that can damage veneers, such as biting on hard objects (e.g., ice, pens) or using your teeth as tools.
  • Oral Protection: If you grind or clench your teeth, consider wearing a nightguard to protect your veneers from excessive wear.
  • Avoid Staining Agents: Minimize the consumption of foods and beverages that can stain your veneers, such as coffee, red wine, and tobacco products.
  • Proper Bite: If you have any bite alignment issues, address them promptly to prevent excessive pressure on your veneers.
  • Replacement and Maintenance: Be prepared for the possibility of veneer replacement as they age or experience wear and tear.

It's important to note that while veneers have a finite lifespan, they can be replaced or repaired as needed to maintain your desired smile. Regular communication with your dentist and adherence to good oral care practices will help ensure that your veneers continue to enhance your smile for many years.

What are the Benefits of Getting Veneers?

Getting veneers offers several notable benefits for individuals seeking to enhance the appearance of their teeth and smile. Here are some of the key advantages of getting veneers:

  • Improved Smile Aesthetics: Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile by addressing a variety of cosmetic concerns, including tooth discoloration, staining, chips, cracks, and irregularly shaped teeth. They provide a whiter, more symmetrical, and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Minimally Invasive: Compared to some other cosmetic dental procedures, veneers involve minimal enamel removal. This means that less of your natural tooth structure is altered during the preparation process.
  • Stain-Resistant: Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining from coffee, tea, wine, and tobacco. This makes them an excellent choice for maintaining a bright and white smile over time.
  • Customizable: Veneers are custom-made to match your desired tooth color, size, and shape, allowing you to achieve your ideal smile while maintaining a natural look.
  • Durable: Porcelain veneers are durable and can last for many years with proper care. They are less likely to chip or fracture compared to some other dental materials.
  • Quick Transformation: Veneers can provide a rapid transformation of your smile. In just a few dental visits, you can achieve a significantly improved appearance.
  • Conservative Alternative: Veneers offer a conservative alternative to orthodontic treatment for correcting minor misalignments or gaps between teeth. They can create the illusion of straighter teeth without the need for braces.
  • Boosted Confidence: A beautiful smile can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem, leading to improved social interactions and professional opportunities.
  • Natural Look: Modern veneers are designed to mimic the translucency and natural appearance of real teeth. They are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
  • Versatility: Veneers can be used to enhance one or several teeth, providing versatility in addressing specific cosmetic issues or creating a complete smile makeover.
  • Long-Lasting Results: With proper care and maintenance, veneers can provide long-lasting results, allowing you to enjoy your improved smile for years to come.

It's important to discuss your specific goals and concerns with your dentist during a consultation to determine if veneers are the right option for you. Veneers can provide a customized and effective solution for achieving the smile you've always wanted.

Is There a Downside to Veneers?

While dental veneers offer numerous benefits, there are also some potential downsides and considerations to be aware of. It's essential to weigh these factors before deciding to proceed with veneers:

  • Irreversible: The process of preparing teeth for veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth's surface. This is an irreversible procedure, and once enamel is removed, it cannot be replaced. While the amount removed is minimal, it's a crucial consideration.
  • Sensitivity: Some individuals may experience increased tooth sensitivity, especially immediately after the placement of veneers. This sensitivity is usually temporary but can be uncomfortable for a short period.
  • Cost: Veneers can be relatively expensive, and they are typically considered a cosmetic procedure, which most likely won't be fully covered by dental insurance. The cost can vary depending on the number of veneers needed and the material used.
  • Maintenance: Veneers, especially porcelain ones, are durable, but they are not immune to damage. Avoiding habits like biting on hard objects or grinding teeth is essential to prolong their lifespan. Additionally, regular dental check-ups and cleanings are necessary to maintain the health of your veneers.
  • Replacement: While veneers can last for many years, they are not permanent. Over time, they may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear or damage. The lifespan of veneers varies depending on the material and individual factors.
  • Color Matching: Achieving the desired color and shade for veneers can be challenging, as it involves selecting a shade that looks natural and complements your overall appearance. It's crucial to communicate your preferences with your dentist.
  • Not Suitable for All Issues: Veneers are primarily a cosmetic solution and may not be appropriate for addressing certain dental issues, such as severe misalignment or extensive tooth decay. In such cases, alternative treatments may be necessary.
  • Maintenance Commitment: Veneers require ongoing care and maintenance, including regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene practices, and avoiding habits that could damage them.

It's important to have a thorough discussion with your dentist or cosmetic dentist to fully understand the potential downsides and to determine if veneers are the right option for your specific needs and goals. Your dentist can provide guidance on the most suitable treatment plan to achieve your desired smile improvements while considering your individual circumstances.

Are Veneers Difficult to Maintain?

Veneers are not inherently difficult to maintain, but they do require some specific care to ensure their longevity and the health of your teeth and gums. Proper maintenance practices can help you enjoy the benefits of veneers for many years. Here are some key aspects of veneer maintenance:

  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid scratching or damaging the veneers.
  • Non-Abrasive Dental Products: Choose dental products that are gentle and non-abrasive to prevent surface damage to your veneers. One of our dentists can recommend suitable toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule and attend regular dental check-ups and cleanings as recommended by our experienced dentists. These visits are essential for monitoring the health of your veneers, teeth, and gums, as well as for addressing any issues promptly.
  • Avoid Teeth-Staining Substances: Limit the consumption of teeth-staining substances such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco. If you do consume them, consider rinsing your mouth with water afterward to minimize staining.
  • Avoid Chewing on Hard Objects: Avoid biting on hard objects like ice, pens, or fingernails, as this can potentially damage or chip your veneers.
  • Nightguard for Teeth Grinding: If you grind or clench your teeth at night, wear a nightguard or splint as recommended by your dentist to protect your veneers from excessive wear.
  • Regular Cleaning of Veneers: Veneers can accumulate plaque and tartar like natural teeth. Dental hygienists will use non-abrasive instruments during professional cleanings to clean your veneers effectively.
  • Repair or Replacement: If a veneer becomes damaged or dislodged, seek prompt dental care for repair or replacement. Do not attempt to fix it yourself.
  • Follow Dentist's Instructions: Follow any specific care instructions provided by our dentists regarding your veneers. This may include using a particular type of toothbrush or dental products.
  • Monitor Gum Health: Pay attention to the health of your gums. Gum disease can affect the longevity of your veneers, so be diligent about gum care.

With proper care and maintenance, veneers can provide long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing results. Regular communication with our dental team is essential to ensure that your veneers continue to look great and function as intended. They can provide personalized guidance based on your specific veneer material and individual oral health needs.

What is the Failure Rate of Veneers?

The failure rate of veneers can vary depending on several factors, including the type of veneers, the quality of the dental work, and how well they are cared for. Overall, veneers are known for their durability and success in providing long-lasting smile enhancements. However, it's important to understand that no dental restoration is entirely immune to potential issues or wear over time.

Here are some factors that can influence the failure rate of veneers:

  • Material: The material used for veneers plays a significant role in their longevity. Porcelain veneers tend to be more durable and stain-resistant than composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years or longer with proper care, while composite veneers may have a slightly shorter lifespan.
  • Quality of Work: The skill and expertise of the dentist and dental laboratory technician who create and place the veneers are crucial. High-quality work and attention to detail can contribute to the long-term success of veneers.
  • Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene practices is essential for the longevity of veneers. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups help prevent issues like cavities and gum disease that can affect the veneers' lifespan.
  • Oral Habits: Avoiding habits like biting on hard objects or teeth grinding (bruxism) is important, as these habits can potentially damage or chip veneers.
  • Accidents and Trauma: Accidents or trauma to the mouth can result in damage to veneers. It's essential to protect your teeth, including veneered teeth, during physical activities and sports.
  • Gum Health: Healthy gums are essential for the longevity of veneers. Gum disease can impact the stability and appearance of veneers, so maintaining gum health is crucial.
  • Maintenance and Repair: Promptly addressing any issues, such as a loose or damaged veneer, can help prevent further problems. Veneers can often be repaired or replaced as needed.

While veneers have a high success rate and can provide long-lasting results, it's essential to have realistic expectations and commit to proper care and maintenance to maximize their lifespan. Regular communication with our experienced dentists and adherence to recommended care guidelines will help ensure that your veneers continue to enhance your smile for many years.

Can you Get Cavities with Veneers?

Yes, you can still get cavities with veneers. Veneers cover the front surface of the teeth and are primarily designed to improve the appearance of your smile by addressing cosmetic concerns like staining, chips, or irregularities. However, they do not provide a complete barrier to tooth decay (cavities) or gum disease.

Here's how cavities can develop even with veneers:

  • Exposed Tooth Structure: While veneers cover the visible front surface of your teeth, the remaining natural tooth structure, including the back and sides of the teeth, is still vulnerable to decay. If you have veneers on your front teeth and neglect proper oral hygiene or have a diet high in sugary or acidic foods, the unaltered tooth surfaces can develop cavities.
  • Gumline and Margins: The margins (edges) of veneers where they meet your natural tooth can create small crevices or gaps. If these areas are not cleaned properly or if you have poor oral hygiene, bacteria and plaque can accumulate, potentially leading to cavities along the margins.
  • Adjacent Teeth: Veneers do not protect adjacent teeth from cavities. These natural teeth are still susceptible to decay, so maintaining overall oral health is essential.

To prevent cavities with veneers:

  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day.
  • Use hydroxyapatite toothpaste (superior to fluoride) and consider a remineralizing mouthwash or gel as recommended by one of our dentists.
  • Attend regular dental check-ups and cleanings, during which your dentist can assess the health of your veneers and natural teeth.
  • Limit the consumption of sugary and acidic foods and beverages, and avoid snacking frequently throughout the day.
  • If you have any concerns about the condition of your veneers or notice any changes in your oral health, promptly consult one of our experienced dentists for an evaluation.

Not Everyone Is a Good Candidate for Veneers

While dental veneers can provide dramatic smile enhancements for many individuals, not everyone is a suitable candidate for this cosmetic dental procedure. Several factors can influence whether veneers are an appropriate option for a particular person. Here are some reasons why not everyone is a good candidate for veneers:

  • Oral Health Issues: Individuals with untreated oral health issues, such as gum disease, active tooth decay, or severe tooth sensitivity, may not be suitable candidates for veneers. These issues need to be addressed and resolved before considering veneers.
  • Insufficient Tooth Structure: Veneers require a minimal amount of enamel removal to create space for the veneers. If a person has limited natural tooth structure, such as due to excessive enamel loss or severe tooth wear, veneers may not be feasible or could compromise the tooth's integrity.
  • Teeth Misalignment: While veneers can provide the appearance of straighter teeth, they are not a substitute for orthodontic treatment in cases of severe misalignment or bite issues. Orthodontics may be necessary before considering veneers.
  • Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): Individuals who grind or clench their teeth (bruxism) may not be ideal candidates for veneers, as the constant force can lead to chipping or cracking of the veneers. A nightguard may be recommended in such cases.
  • Unrealistic Expectations: Veneers are a cosmetic enhancement, and it's essential that individuals have realistic expectations about the results. If a person's expectations are not achievable with veneers, alternative cosmetic treatments or procedures may be more appropriate.
  • Budget Constraints: Veneers can be relatively expensive, and not everyone may have the financial resources to pursue this cosmetic option. Discussing costs and available financing options with our dental team is important.
  • Preexisting Dental Work: If a person already has extensive dental work, such as large fillings or crowns, the placement of veneers may not be feasible, as veneers require healthy tooth structure.
  • History of Poor Dental Hygiene: Individuals with a history of inadequate oral hygiene practices may not be suitable candidates for veneers, as maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for the long-term success of veneers.

It's essential for individuals considering veneers to undergo a comprehensive evaluation by one of our qualified dentists. During this assessment, Dr. Myers or Dr. White will consider factors such as oral health, tooth structure, alignment, and individual goals to determine the most suitable treatment plan. In some cases, alternative cosmetic or restorative dental options may be recommended to address specific concerns or limitations.

Are Dental Veneers Right for You?

Ready to take the first step in transforming your smile? One of our experienced dentists would love to help give you the smile of your dreams! Contact Dr. Jesse Myers & Dr. Alan J. White's office at 540-886-1979 in Staunton, VA, and our dedicated team will assist you promptly. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form at the bottom of this page at your convenience.

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