Veneers

DeRose Dental

General Dentistry located in Racine, WI

With veneers, you can achieve a gleaming white smile that lights up any room you enter. At DeRose Dental in Racine, Wisconsin, Dr. Francesca DeRose and Dr. Maria DeRose Barnes apply veneers — which are thin layers of porcelain — onto your natural teeth, covering flaws in your smile. These custom-made appliances can effectively hide chipped and discolored teeth, and make uneven teeth appear perfectly straight without surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about veneers, call or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation today.

Veneers Q & A

DeRose Dental

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are thin covers that Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes attach to the outside of your teeth to hide imperfections. They’re typically made out of porcelain and they effectively restore or improve the appearance of your smile by closing large gaps between teeth, hiding chipped teeth, and covering discolored enamel.

Veneers can also help address misaligned teeth without making a complicated physical adjustment. Instead, veneers cover the crooked, uneven teeth, making them appear naturally straight.

Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes may also recommend veneers to replace worn down enamel, whether it’s caused by normal wear-and-tear or it’s been eroded by acidic foods and drinks. After Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes apply veneers, the root is protected and the porcelain veneer makes your teeth naturally stronger.

How are veneers applied to teeth?

It’s important for veneers to appear the way you envision and to fit properly. Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes work with you to choose the type and color of your veneers. Getting your veneers fitted to your teeth typically takes two appointments.

At your first appointment, Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes discuss your options with you. Dental veneers can be made from composite resin, but porcelain is preferred for correcting color and shape. Porcelain veneers look more natural, resist stains better, and last longer compared to resins.

After you’ve decided which type of veneer to use, Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes prep your teeth, then take an impression of your mouth and send it to the dental lab making your veneers. You wear a temporary covering until the new veneer is ready.

At your second appointment, Dr. DeRose or Dr. Barnes make sure the new veneer fits before cementing it to your teeth with a special adhesive. This is a fairly simple, straightforward process.

How long do veneers last?

Porcelain veneers can last as long as 20 years, but they can chip or break if you bite down on something hard or if they incur damage in an accident.

Over time, your mouth can go through other changes that may affect veneers. For example, gum tissue may recede or the tooth under the veneer might move. When that happens, the veneers might need to be adjusted or replaced.

It’s important that you treat your veneers just like your natural teeth, as this helps expand the lifetime of your veneers. Brush and floss regularly, and come in for regular dental checkups. Don’t ignore damages or changes to your veneers, since the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay should a cracked veneer allow bacteria to gain access to the tooth.

Are you interested in getting veneers to improve your smile? If so, call or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation at the DeRose Dental office today.