Dental veneers are covers that are placed over teeth to improve their appearance. Usually veneers are used on front teeth, but can be used on back teeth if someone has a wide smile. Veneers can be used to:
- Rebuild worn or chipped teeth
- Cover discolored teeth
- Make short teeth longer
- Close spaces between teeth. Patients who have completed wearing braces can be left with small spaces and dental veneers can close these.
Veneers are made by a laboratory and Dr. Grody places them over your teeth.
Two Types of Materials
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from a composite. Porcelain veneers are more lifelike and durable. Composite veneers (where a plastic material is used) are less expensive and can be patched if they chip.
Veneers are strong but there is a limit to what they can stand. Patients need to have enough other teeth to chew on so that the teeth that get veneers don’t do all the work, otherwise they will break. Common sense is also needed. Don’t open packages with your veneered teeth and avoid crunching Peanut Brittle on them.
Placing Your Dental Veneers
You may have seen veneers advertised as needing no drilling or shots. This is only partially accurate. No shots are needed to place a veneer, in most cases. But drilling is usually a must if a healthy, good-looking result is desired.
Drilling, or preparing a tooth for a veneer, involves shaving back the front edge and in-between the nearby teeth, to make room for the veneer. This also gives the lab a line to follow to fit the veneer onto. Without this preparation, a veneer will appear bulky or
“Chicklet looking” and be unhealthy for the gums, since the veneer’s edge will be thick and lay on the gum line causing irritation.
Dr. Grody communicates with his patients and the laboratory so that the correct look is achieved. He is willing to put in the effort and time to make sure the patient is happy with the result!
Dr. Grody has been working with patients for over 30 years. Call our dental practice in Augusta at (207) 622-0450. Our friendly office staff is available to talk with you about dental veneers and schedule your appointment with Dr. Grody.
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Veneer Before and After Photos
Veneers – Frequently Asked Questions:
What types are there?
Ther are two basic types, Lab made and office made. Lab veneers are made of ceramic which looks more natural and lasts longer. Office made veneers are made of plastic bonding which is less expensive but doesn’t keep it’s appearance as long.
How do you attach a veneer?
For most lab and office veneers the teeth are shaped or prepared as it is called to receive the veneers. For office veneers bonding material is placed , shaped and polished and it’s done.
Lab veneers require an impression of the prepared teeth which is sent to the lab which makes the veneers that are cemented at another appointment.
Can you change the shape of teeth with veneers?
Yes within limits. The position of the surrounding teeth as well as the way the teeth bite together determine how much you can build up a tooth with a veneer.
Can you close spaces between teeth with veneers?
Yes, usually you need to put veneers on the teeth on both sides of the space so you close the gap evenly.
Can you change the color of teeth?
Yes within limits. The color of the tooth will show through somewhat but you can get a lot of color lightening done.
Do you need shots for veneers ?
No. The idea of veneers is keep it simple so the tooth is not deeply prepared.
How long do they last ?
Lab veneers should last ten years or more. Office veneers last 3-5 years and sometimes longer if they can be re-polished.
How much do they cost ?
Generally lab veneers are $1,500 each and office veneers are $400 each.