If your teeth’s appearance embarrasses you, our dentist at Smiles of Gilbert Dentistry have the skills and education to improve how they look. They can revive your teeth by using dental veneers to hide flaws and provide you with a new smile.

What is a Veneer?

A veneer is a thin piece of material that’s designed to fit the front surface of a tooth to hide problems like chips, cracks, or permanent discolorations. There are two materials to choose from for veneers: porcelain and composite resin. Both materials are tooth-colored so that they match the color of natural teeth.

Of these two materials, most patients prefer porcelain as it reflects light like enamel and makes the veneer look like a natural tooth. A veneer is also the most cost-efficient and non-invasive way to improve a tooth’s appearance because surgery is not necessary, and your tooth is only lightly etched to keep an adhesive from sliding off the surface.

Applying a Veneer

Before your veneer arrives at our offices, you will pay a visit to our dentist near you to have your tooth prepared for it. Our dentist will brush a mildly acidic solution onto your tooth. This solution scores the enamel so that the adhesive will not slide off the tooth before the veneer adheres to it.

When the veneer finally arrives, you will receive a notification to visit our dentist to have it attached to your tooth. After settling you into the dental chair, our dentist at Smiles of Gilbert Dentistry will hold the material up to the tooth to see if it needs trimming. If it does, they will trim it and then compare the tooth and veneer again. This process will repeat until the veneer fits the tooth perfectly.

How Long Does a Veneer Last?

On average, a porcelain veneer will last about ten years. However, many patients have veneers in Gilbert, AZ, about 15-20 years old that still look wonderful. If you choose a composite veneer, you can expect it to last about five years.

To improve how your teeth look, book a consultation with our dentist in Gilbert, AZ, to determine if veneers are suitable for you.

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