Not every smile can be prettified with tooth whitening alone. Dental veneers are custom-designed covers for teeth made from either composite resin or porcelain. Better yet, they last upward of a decade.
Dental veneers can recover a single tooth or an entire mouthful of teeth. While both porcelain and composite veneers are typically created in a laboratory, composite resins can also be crafted during a single visit to the dentist's office by a specialized machine.
Your natural teeth will be reshaped during the veneering process in order to make room for the coverings. Between 0.3 and 0.5 millimeters of enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, will be removed to allow the attachment of veneers.
Veneers are one of the most conservative cosmetic treatments for teeth - treated teeth stay largely intact.
What It's Good For
Dental veneers are custom-designed tooth covers used for repairing a less than perfect smile. They can conceal worn, dulled, and discolored enamel, uneven and gapped teeth, teeth that are chipped, and irregularly shaped, and other sundry tooth-related ugliness.
Who it works for: Dental veneers hide chipped or misshapen teeth with rough edges and surfaces, as minor gaps between teeth.
Recommended age range: For best results, veneers should be bonded to fully grown, adult teeth. Receding gums can cause darkness along the gum line.
When will I see results?: If you choose porcelain veneers, you may have to wait about two weeks while they're fabricated in a lab (da Vinci veneers, for example, are made by hand in California). Once the veneers are bonded to your teeth, your smile will be instantly enhanced. Resin (or composite) veneers can be created and applied within one visit.
How long it lasts: Composite veneers cost less, but they are also the less durable option, lasting between five and 10 years. Porcelain veneers last 15 to 25 years.
Key benefits of veneers: Veneers can permanently cover stains, chips, cracks, and whatever else (for the most part) aesthetically ails your teeth. Veneers made from porcelain are resistant to staining.
Who's Done It?
If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, then being caught in the tabloids with a less-than-perfect smile can ruin a celebrity's photo op. Teenage singer and actress Miley Cyrus has had veneers placed over her crooked, childish smile to give her a more adult, refined appearance and to boost her reputation as a maturing Hollywood star. Hilary Duff has also veneered her teeth in an effort to fix four chipped front teeth.