Q’s And A’s Regarding Dental Veneers

yucky teethPorcelain veneers can be used for many situations. People who have intrinsic tooth stains due to tetracycline use or other reasons can benefit from dental veneers. Dental veneers can serve many purposes from restorative treatment to cosmetic treatment. The word “veneer” means “to face or cover with any material that is more desirable.”  Veneers can be made from different materials but are most commonly fabricated from porcelain. If you’re wondering if veneers may be right for you, check out the questions and answers regarding dental veneers below.

Questions And Answers

Question: Is there a minimum age for veneers?

Answer: No. There is no minimum age set by dentists or the American Dental Association (ADA) for veneer treatment. Children may require veneers for any number of reasons. Question: How long do veneers last?

Answer: It depends on the veneer material used. Composite resin veneers can last approximately four to eight years. Porcelain veneers are more costly but have been known to last 20 or more years.

Question: Are veneers only used if whitening doesn’t work, or are they used for other things?

Answer: Veneers can be used to mask dark or discolored teeth, but they are also used to correct a number of other dental issues. For instance, dental veneers can hide gaps or spaces; craze lines (tiny cracks in the enamel); chipped, cracked, or broken teeth; and lengthen teeth that are worn down or appear too short for other reasons.

Question: Can people tell you have veneers?

Answer: Dental molds of your prepared teeth are used to fabricate the veneers so they are the same shape and size as your original teeth. Porcelain veneers are popular because they are the same color and have the same translucency as natural teeth and they can be stained to blend with your original dentition.