Veneers: Before and after

Veneers can restore the look of your teeth so you can live with confidence. Find out if dental veneers by Aspen Dental are right for you.

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What dental veneers can do for you

Veneers are thin covers that attach to the front of your teeth. They are one of several cosmetic dentistry procedures that your local Aspen Dental offers.

You may choose dental veneers to cover:

  • Stained teeth that can’t be whitened by bleaching

  • Chipped or worn teeth

  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

  • Uneven spaces or gaps between the upper front teeth

Are veneers like crowns?

Both veneers and crowns can change the appearance of your teeth. Your Aspen Dental care team can tell you which is right for you—and guide you through the differences between veneers and crowns:

Veneers

Crowns

Cover on the front of the tooth

Cover the whole tooth

More commonly a cosmetic solution

Offer protection for your teeth

Require minimal enamel removal

Require more enamel removal

Types of dental veneers

At Aspen Dental, you can choose from porcelain veneers or composite resin veneers.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that fit on the front of your teeth. They are strong, durable and stain-resistant. Unlike resin veneers, porcelain veneers can treat cavities or damaged enamel.

Composite resin veneers

Composite resin veneers are made by bonding tooth-colored material to your teeth. They require the removal of less enamel than porcelain, may involve fewer office visits and are easy to fix if damaged. Though not considered a long-term solution like porcelain veneers, they are a lower-cost alternative.

The veneers process

  • It all starts with healthy teeth and gums. As your care team, we will treat any disease or decay before they begin placing your veneers.

  • Next, we’ll remove some of your tooth enamel to prepare it for the veneer.

  • For porcelain veneers, we’ll take an impression of your teeth. You’ll likely wear temporary veneers while the lab crafts your custom veneers. When they’re ready, we’ll fit, adjust and bond them to your teeth.

  • For composite resin veneers, we’ll sculpt the material to your teetth. A special light helps it harden and bond to the surfaces. Then we’ll polish your veneers for a natural finish.

Can I afford veneers?

At Aspen Dental, the cost of veneers will vary depending on factors including: The material used to make your veneers, the extent of your dental care needs and where you live, since prices can vary from office to office and state to state.

Caring for your new veneers

To keep your veneers in top shape, you’ll want to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist for regular check-ups. You should also refrain from biting on anything hard, including ice. Plus, limit drinks like coffee, tea and red wine to avoid staining.

Replacing teeth veneers

With care, veneers can last for 10 to 15 years. But you may need one replaced before that if it becomes loose or damaged. Since some enamel is removed to make room for the veneer, once you have a veneer placed, you can’t go back to the natural tooth.

Life before and after veneers

Picture your life now, and then imagine what it could be like after veneers. A more confident you awaits. If you’d like a brighter, more even smile, meet with an Aspen Dental provider to see what your teeth could look like after veneers.

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