Cover Imperfections

Veneers in Eau Claire

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Understanding The Basics

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are porcelain or composite resin shells that are bonded to the front of a person’s teeth to cover up imperfections and improve the appearance of their grin. They are typically placed on the front teeth that are visible when you smile. Veneers can cover up imperfections that can leave someone feeling insecure with their smile, such as:

Crooked teeth
Chips & cracks
Oddly shaped or sized teeth
Teeth that are too short or uneven

Dr. Shook looking at x-rays

Veneers (CAD/CAM)

This video shows you how veneers are used to improve the appearance of a smile, using CAD/CAM 3-D technology to create custom-made restorations.

What Is The Placement Process Like?

Consultation - You will need to come in for a consultation with Dr. John Shook so we can determine if you are a good candidate for veneers. You must be in good oral health with no presence of tooth decay or gum disease.
Enameloplasty - During your first appointment, we will administer local anesthesia and file down .5 mm of your natural tooth enamel.
Impressions - After the enameloplasty, impressions will be taken of the teeth and sent to a dental lab to create your veneers. A shade guide is used to match your tooth’s shade with the veneers or you can select a lighter shade for a whitening boost. It will take a few weeks for your veneers to be ready and in the meantime, we’ll provide you with temporary veneers to protect your teeth.
Bonding - Once we receive your veneers, you will return for another appointment. We will check that your veneers look good and will fit properly before cementing them into place. The bonding is cured with UV light to instantly harden.
understanding the process

How Do Veneers Work?

Veneers do not fix dental imperfections but they do cover them up. Veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth after removing a small amount of enamel. Because veneers are .5 mm thick, that’s the amount of enamel we need to remove from your teeth to blend them in with the rest of your bite.

They can also help support and strengthen your smile because the veneers are bonded together with your enamel and become a part of your teeth. However, this makes veneers irreversible because tooth enamel does not grow back, and filed down enamel needs to be covered.

Veneers cover up the teeth beneath them, hiding the imperfections and leaving you with flawless, even teeth that are straighter, whiter, and more uniform.

Ready To Improve Your Smile?

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How Long Do Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers last for 10-15 years and composite resin veneers last for 4-8 years. Porcelain shells last much longer because the material is more durable and stain-resistant compared to composite resin. However, while porcelain veneers last longer, they also cannot be repaired. 

If you chip or damage your porcelain veneers, they will need to be completely replaced whereas composite resin veneers can be repaired. To extend the lifespan of your veneers, you should brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. 

Avoid staining foods, drinks, and smoking. Do not use your teeth as tools to open packages, chew on ice, hard foods, or other objects. If you grind your teeth, you should always wear a mouthguard when you sleep.

If you’re interested in veneers, contact us at Shook Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Shook.