How Veneers Can Change the Look of Your Smile

If you feel like you’re seeing more people with seemingly perfect teeth these days, it’s not all in your head. There has been a surge in cosmetic dentistry over the last few years, in part fueled by social media culture and influencers who have seemingly perfect teeth. The global cosmetic dentistry market was valued at $6.9 billion in 2020, with continued growth predicted. A lot of this growth is due to interest in veneers, which can transform your smile while covering up damaged or otherwise imperfect teeth. 

While the influencer culture may not be the ultimate source for all, veneers are a great option for many people, no matter what social media (if any) they’re on. 

Are you interested in ways to upgrade the look of your smile? If so, come see the team at Mark Kramer, DDS in Tustin, California. Our practice offers veneers as a safe, effective, and minimally invasive solution to transform your smile. In this blog, Dr. Kramer discusses the basics of veneers, how veneers work, and if they may be right for you.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are permanently bonded to the front of your tooth. They are built to improve a person’s overall smile and may be particularly helpful for those who do not respond well to other dental treatments, like braces or whitening. Overall, veneers present a long-term solution for many cosmetic dentistry concerns. 

Improvement areas

Veneers are versatile — they can be used to solve or cover up a large range of imperfections in your smile. Veneers can improve the look of any of the following:

Veneers will also make your smile more symmetrical.

Porcelain or resin?

If you dig into research on veneers you’ll see that there are two types, resin-based composite and porcelain. While composites may be cheaper and slightly easier to apply, porcelain, which Dr. Kramer uses, has several advantages. To start, porcelain veneers last about 20 years on average; with composite, you’ll be back for new veneers in just 5 years. When it comes to wear and tear, porcelain really shines. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and preserve their natural look for longer. Additionally, they are far less likely to chip or break than composite veneers. 

Getting veneers

Before getting in the dental chair, you’ll have a consultation to make sure you get the perfect smile you’ve been looking for. Then, to get your tooth ready for a veneer, Dr. Kramer will reshape the tooth surface by removing a very thin layer of tooth enamel. Next, he’ll take an impression of your teeth that will be used to make your custom veneers. You’ll leave this first appointment with temporary veneers. 

In two to four weeks, after your new veneers come in, you’ll come back for bonding. Dr. Kramer will check that the veneers are a perfect fit before cleaning, polishing and etching your current teeth. The etching will add a rough surface to your teeth for a special cement that binds the veneers to your teeth. Once everything is placed and the cement has dried, you’ll be able to go home with a beautiful new smile. 

To learn more about veneers and how they can transform your smile, book an appointment online or over the phone with Mark Kramer, DDS today.

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