Porcelain veneers are one of the simplest, most effective ways to improve your smile. They can cover up imperfections, including stains, cracks, and chips, for years to come. The team at Swinney Dental in Tyler, Texas, provides this cosmetic treatment, including state-of-the-art no-prep veneers. For more information, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored material, either porcelain or a composite, that your dentist bonds to the front of your teeth. They look like natural, healthy enamel. The cosmetic dentists at Swinney Dental customize veneers using impressions of your teeth so they both match and enhance your unique smile.
You might consider veneers if you’d like to cover up minor imperfections on the surfaces of your teeth, including stains, chips, and cracks. Veneers can also make misshapen or crooked teeth appear more even and uniform and can hide gaps between your teeth. They’re durable and far more resistant to stains than natural enamel.
Swinney Dental offers both traditional veneers, made of porcelain, and no-prep veneers, which are made of IPS e.max®, a composite ceramic material from Ivoclar Vivodent®. Both traditional and no-prep veneers have distinct advantages and drawbacks, and the right option for you depends on your goals and preferences.
No-prep veneers are thinner than traditional veneers, so it’s unnecessary to remove a layer of your enamel to accommodate them. You could consider no-prep veneers if you’d prefer a procedure that’s less invasive and more easily reversible. However, the material is more translucent than porcelain, so they might not be effective for every kind of imperfection.
Traditional veneers are more involved than no-prep veneers. They require several appointments because your dentist has to remove a thin layer of enamel before placing the veneers. However, traditional porcelain veneers can be more effective than no-prep veneers if you’d like to cover up stains or discolorations. They’re also more durable.
With proper care, no-prep veneers tend to last 5-7 years, while porcelain veneers last 10-15 years. To ensure your veneers last as long as they should, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and the veneers themselves.
Though veneers are stain-resistant, you could still stain the bonding material and your teeth beneath them. Healthy teeth support veneers more easily, so make sure that you continue to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and schedule regular preventive dentistry appointments at Swinney Dental.
You should take precautions to prevent damage to your veneers. Avoid chewing on ice or pens, opening packages with your teeth, or using your front teeth when you chew on hard foods.
For more information on porcelain and no-prep veneers, call Swinney Dental to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool.