Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are ultrathin pieces of either porcelain or resin that Dr. Marino cements to the front of your teeth to turn imperfections in your smile into your perfect smile. You can get your veneers in just a few weeks after your evaluation with Dr. Marino.

When would I need veneers?

You may need veneers if you have discolored, broken, cracked or crooked teeth. Veneers can also solve medical issues like the loss of enamel.

Among their many uses, veneers can:

  • Give you whiter teeth
  • Fix the appearance of crooked teeth
  • Fill gaps in your teeth
  • Make teeth look straight
  • Provide support to existing, weaker teeth
  • Replace lost enamel

What are the benefits of veneers?

Along with providing you a beautiful smile, veneers are an excellent dental treatment choice for many reasons.

Unlike some procedures, applying veneers is a relatively easy, in-office task. Plus, there is no downtime after they are applied — you can immediately return to your activities.

Porcelain, which is a popular material used to make veneers, offers its own advantages: It looks natural while also resisting stains.

How are veneers applied?

Getting veneers is two-step process. First, Dr. Marino will remove a thin layer of enamel, which makes room for the veneer to fit over your teeth. He’ll also take impressions of your teeth, which are used to create your veneers.

Then, when the veneers arrive a week or two later, he’ll apply them to the front of your teeth using dental cement.

How long will my veneers last?

Veneers are no short-term solution. Porcelain veneers are more durable and last 7-15 years. Resin veneers, also called composite, typically last about 4-8 years.

How do I take care of my veneers?

One of the great things about veneers is that good dental hygiene is the only real requirement for taking care for them. Daily flossing, mouthwash use, and brushing help keep your veneers in good shape. You should be careful with especially hard or sticky foods, which could crack or dislodge a veneer.

Depending on your dental history and needs, Dr. Marino may recommend the use of mouthguards or other devices to keep your veneers from getting damaged. Dr. Marino will go over care instructions with you before having them applied.

A beautiful smile can go a long way in making you look and feel your best. Contact Dr. Marino’s office today to schedule an appointment, or arrange your visit online, to learn more about veneers.