Life is full of imperfections, and one common issue many of us face is dental imperfections. These teeth imperfections—like cracks, or chips, or discoloration—can affect the appearance of our smile, just like stains can affect clothes or surfaces in our homes. Fortunately, Alatorre Dental is here to provide dental veneers, a versatile solution that can address a wide range of dental issues, helping you achieve a brighter, more flawless smile.

We’ve listed out some of our frequently asked questions about veneers. Let us know if you have any questions about them. We are happy to help!

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are small porcelain shells that cover the front part of your teeth. One of the quickest ways to improve the quality of your smile is through veneers. If your smile is suffering from any of the following dental imperfections, veneers can make a significant difference:

  • Cracks or chips.
  • Irregular shape.
  • Slight misalignments.
  • Severe discoloration or staining.
  • Excessive wear.
  • Significant gaps.

Benefits of Veneers

You will grow to love how veneers easily fit in with the rest of your smile. Here are some things that we love to share with our patients as they’re deciding on veneers:

  • Natural Looking: Veneers are made of a beautiful tooth-colored porcelain or resin to resemble your natural teeth in color, shape, and luminescence.
  • Multi-Functional: They cover discoloration, resist staining, add protection, and provide subtle improvements that won’t stand out abnormally from the rest of your teeth.
  • Durable: Our goal with dental veneers is to help you not even remember they are there! The porcelain base helps keep your diet and way of life the same as before.

Preparing Your Veneer

Constructing your new smile is simple. Here are some steps on how we do it.

  1. We will acquire a model of your tooth with premium dental technology. This will help your veneers become as precise to your teeth as possible.
  2. Your veneer will usually take 2–3 weeks to construct in our lab. You may receive a temporary veneer to wear in the meantime.
  3. When your veneer is completed, Dr. Alatorre will check to make sure the size and color are all satisfactory before securing it to your tooth.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Veneers can last as long as you properly take care of them. So you can better plan, the common understanding is that veneers last about 15 years. The lifespan of your veneers will additionally depend on the quality of your jawline and the implants placed.

Choosing a quality dentistry is essential to having veneers that last. Choosing high-end dentistry can help save you money in replacement costs in the long run.

Veneers vs. Crowns

Crowns are similar to veneers in that they are a covering for your damaged tooth. But crowns cover your entire tooth—front, back, and sides. Veneers, on the other hand, are wafer-thin composites of porcelain or resin that are only bonded to the front face of your tooth.

Both veneers and crowns are permanent if properly maintained, lasting up to 15 years. Dr. Alatorre and our expert staff will help you decide which restorative option is right for you.

How Do I Take Care of Veneers?

Dental veneers require the same routine as your normal teeth!

Be sure to add to the brushing and flossing regimen by also visiting your dentist at least every six months. This step that many miss helps Dr. Alatorre make sure that the veneers are fitting well and reduces the risk of infection.

Call Alatorre Dental for the Smile of Your Dreams

Dental veneers have become a top pick for many of our patients. Alatorre Dental is happy to offer initial visits to help determine veneer eligibility. Call our Las Vegas office today to schedule a consultation!