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What are dental veneers?

Dental Veneers are thin, natural-looking covers placed onto teeth and are a common and easy solution to achieving the smile of your dreams and an incredibly popular choice for those who want to fix various tooth issues, both cosmetic and structural. There are various veneers to choose from to give your teeth a more classically shaped look, with porcelain, lumineer, and composite being the main three options. While each type has its own set of benefits, each achieves the same overall goal. Lumineer and porcelain veneers tend to be the most robust, lasting anywhere from five to ten years, while composite veneers last less with an expectancy of three to five. While porcelain veneers tend to be the most popular thanks to the longer-lasting material and overall more natural-looking effect, don’t worry if you aren’t sure which type to pick. At Lakeland Family Dentistry, in Flowood, Mississippi, your dentist will be able to help you choose the best option for you.

Reasons to invest in veneers

Cosmetic and structural benefits

As already touched upon, dental veneers correct a multitude of cosmetic issues, which include issues with gaps between teeth as well as teeth that are chipped or misshapen. Veneers can also cover discolored or stained teeth and aid alignment issues resulting in a beautiful, straight, white smile. Not only do they help aesthetically, but they also treat dental health issues, therefore, treating multiple issues in one go. For example, if your teeth are in bad shape structurally, and are weakened and worn-down, thanks to their tooth-colored coverings, dental veneers will help protect them from any further damage.

Easy to maintain

Once you have them on, keeping your dental veneers in white and in good shape is super easy. Once you have gotten used to them, you’ll think of them in the same way as your natural teeth, making them easy to brush and floss just as you would normally, allowing you to keep them as clean as possible with no extra hassle.

Long durability

Veneers are a great option as they are so durable, giving you peace of mind, meaning you won’t have to keep going back to your dentist for expensive and time-consuming procedures. Veneers can last for up to ten years or even longer if you take good care of them and much longer than traditional composite fillings.

What is the process?

First, your dentist will have to create your mold for you, which typically takes between one to two weeks. Once they are back from the lab, an appointment can be made to have them fitted, and your dentist will evaluate the shape, color, and fit of the veneers to ensure that they are perfect for you before the actual fitting. Your dentist will then clean your teeth thoroughly to prevent any potential bacteria from causing any decay from being trapped under the veneer coverings. Once the cleaning process has been completed, each tooth is subject to a grinding tool to create a rough texture to make it easier for the veneer to stick to the tooth. Next, dental cement is used to bind the veneer to the tooth and ultraviolet light to harden the cement quickly. You are then ready to leave the dental clinic with a brand new smile! The whole fitting process generally doesn’t take very long and lasts up to two hours.


Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! Give us a call today
at (601) 981-4746 to schedule a visit for everyone.


Lakeland Family Dentistry Flowood MS
David Henry, DMD
Stephen Greer, DMD

207 Katherine Dr.
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 981-4746

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