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Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Veneers

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We get many questions about dental care and our Amherst, NH dental practice. We have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please feel free to browse to find the answers you are looking for. Maybe we can even answer a question you didn't realize you had!

If you have other questions not covered here, don't hesitate to contact our office. We'll be happy to answer them!


woman smiling with veneers in amherst nhVeneers are a beautiful and natural-looking long-term solution to a wide range of cosmetic dental problems, including chips, staining, gaps between teeth, and short or worn-down teeth. Veneers are meant to be a permanent alteration, as they require removal of some of your natural enamel to fit properly.

The Lifespan of Dental Veneers

However, no dental restoration lasts forever. The average life of a porcelain veneer is 5-10 years, with some lasting 15 years or longer. Resin veneers have a slightly shorter life on average, lasting about 5 years. Over time, veneers will be subject to wear, chipping, or cracking. Resin veneers are also very susceptible to becoming dull, especially if abrasive toothpaste is used. You can extend the life of your composite veneers by avoiding them.

Replacing Dental Veneers

Once your veneers start to become chipped, cracked, worn, or even just discolored, it's time to discuss replacing them with your Amherst dentist, Dr. Edwards. Usually, veneers can be replaced one at a time as they become worn if most of your veneers are still in good condition. If they are all suffering from their age, we can discuss a full set of replacements.

If your veneers are getting chipped, worn down, or stained, or if you are interested in a new set of veneers, contact our Amherst dental office today to schedule a consultation.

woman getting veneers in amherst nhIf you are considering cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers in the Amherst area, you might have a few questions about how they work. One of the most common questions we hear is about how we place porcelain veneers. 

The Dental Veneer Process

It is important to understand that porcelain veneers are a lifelong decision. Most patients wish they had gotten them sooner and love their new smiles. We custom-design your veneers and when your permanent restoration is ready, we will place them permanently. We do this by polishing away a small amount of enamel from your natural tooth. This prepares the surface of your tooth to effectively adhere to your veneers and also makes space for them so that they look completely natural instead of bulky. Once we attach all of your veneers to your teeth, Dr. Edwards will make any final adjustments necessary to ensure a good fit and an accurate bite.

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You can dramatically prolong the life of your veneers by keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Maintain your regular home care and also keep your dental appointments in our office so that we can effectively monitor your oral health.

If you are interested in learning more about veneers in Amherst, just give us a call!

woman with veneers in amherst nhPorcelain veneers are an excellent choice for restoring and repairing many dental issues. They're a thin layer of porcelain that Dr. Edwards bonds directly to the surface of your tooth. This process adds strength as well as esthetics.

Veneers can repair one or two teeth, or they can enhance an entire smile. Here are some of the cosmetic issues that veneers in Amherst can help with:

Small Chips, Fractures, and Excessive Wear

When your teeth sustain fractures or chipping, it diminishes their appearance. Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth, causes excessive wear and damage to your teeth. All of these issues can be covered with porcelain veneers.

Staining and Discoloration

There are certain types of staining that whitening products can't remove. Veneers are an ideal solution since they can cover those discolorations and discrepancies in your teeth.

Slight Misalignment

If your teeth are slightly crooked, veneers may allow you to forego years of orthodontic treatment and braces. Porcelain veneers are capable of covering small misalignments of your teeth.

Size Discrepancies and Misshapen Teeth

Have you lived with a tooth that's smaller than the rest? Maybe you have a tooth that appears longer than the others? This can diminish your smile. Veneers can be used to cover those misshapen teeth and give you the uniform smile you've dreamed of.

Contact the office of Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS today to learn more about porcelain veneers.

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