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Dental Veneers: The Most Commonly Asked Questions

There’s no denying the popularity of dental veneers. Although they’ve been around since the 1920s (they were created for a dentist to use on an actor appearing in a movie!), their surge in popularity over recent years has been astronomical. 

This is partly driven by the accessibility of cosmetic dentistry, the rise of social media, and the general acceptance of aesthetic treatments. 

If you’re considering veneers, it’s important to understand the treatment and what they mean to your smile. It’s normal to have lots of questions about a procedure.

In this guide, we’ll share the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dental veneers. 


What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are fine porcelain coatings that we apply to the fronts and sides of your teeth to give them a new look. 

They’re considered a cosmetic treatment, as they improve your smile’s appearance. However, applying the extra layer can help protect damaged teeth and prevent further problems. 


What Can Veneers Treat?

We often use veneers to cover chips, cracks, stains, and discolouration. Dental veneers can also reshape misshapen teeth and close small gaps in your smile. 

Once you have veneers, it can give your smile a more uniform appearance while looking natural. 


How Long Do Veneers Take?

After an initial assessment, placing your veneers usually takes two appointments. We’ll prep your teeth during the first session before taking impressions for your veneers, which will then be placed on your next visit. 


How Are My Teeth Prepared for Veneer Placement?

We need to make space in your smile for your veneers. This helps ensure your veneers look balanced and in proportion with the rest of your smile. We’ll remove a very thin layer of enamel from your teeth to do this. Don’t worry—we’ll give you an anaesthetic so you won’t experience discomfort. 


Will Veneers Develop Stains?

Although veneers will whiten your smile and be resistant to stains to a degree, it’s important to take care of them and limit exposure to anything that could leave marks. Red wine, coffee, tea, soy sauce, and tobacco are all well-known offenders for causing stains. 

If you consume anything that could cause stains, brush your teeth as soon as possible. If you can’t brush your teeth, drink plenty of water and rinse your mouth. 


How Do I Take Care Of My Veneers

For the most part, you don’t need to do anything you shouldn’t already be doing to care for your smile. Brush twice a day using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, use mouthwash, and visit us for checkups and hygiene appointments often. 

Veneers are not as strong as the natural enamel found on teeth. With this in mind, you should avoid biting anything solid. Don’t chew pen lips, ice, or even your fingernails, as they could chip or crack your veneers. 


How Long Will My Veneers Last?

Typically, veneers last around a decade with the proper care and attention. In some cases, veneers may last longer. 

We can replace old veneers if needed at a later date. 


Dental Veneers in Shipley

Dental veneers provide natural-looking enhancements for your smile. We’re always here to answer any questions you may have about veneers before your treatment. 

Contact us today to book your dental veneer consultation. 

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