A smile is essential for creating a great first impression. According to a very recent study, only about 25% of people are completely content with the appearance of their mouth, teeth, and gums. You could be one of the few people who wish their teeth looked slightly different, or their smile was just a little livelier.
Even so, it’s difficult to predict what modifications you can create to achieve the smile you desire. Is it worth putting time and money into cosmetic dentistry? What are dental veneers, and what are common tooth problems they help with? These questions are answered below, so keep reading to discover everything you need to know about veneers.
What Exactly Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells or coverings made from porcelain or composite materials applied to the topmost layer of your teeth. These teeth overlays are utilized on the front of each tooth, and they look almost exactly like natural teeth. They are aimed to enhance the impression of your smile.
Dental veneers are customized to complement your original tooth color and overall form, making them appear to be upgraded versions of your teeth.
What Issues Can Dental Veneers Resolve?
Veneers are commonly used to reconstruct:
- Stained teeth caused by:
- Root canal therapy
- Medication stains
- Excess fluoride
- Fractured teeth.
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth.
- Teeth that have very noticeable gaps.
Veneers can also conceal grayness and other stains induced by root canals and other forms of treatment that incorporate drugs such as tetracycline or excessive fluoride or conceal an old tooth filling that has discolored or is more visible than you’d like.
Veneers are divided into two types: porcelain veneers and resin-based composite veneers.
Veneers Made of Porcelain
Porcelain veneers are strong and durable. Porcelain veneers can be made in the same color as your natural teeth or they can be much whiter in color to brighten the smile.
Composite Veneers Made From Resin
Resin-based composite veneers are very close to porcelain veneers in terms of looks and purpose, but this is more of a budget-friendly option.
Dental Veneer Treatment
A dental veneer typically requires three appointments with the dentist:
- For a consultation.
- For the fabrication.
- For the placement of the veneers.
Porcelain veneers require 3 appointments due to the veneers being made by a laboratory. The composite veneers are done at the dental office by your dentist. You can have a veneer on a single tooth, which is harder to get a good match or you can have multiple teeth prepped for veneers at a time.
The common advantage of dental veneers are:
- Veneers are used to fix teeth cosmetically quickly and easily.
- Dental veneers create the impression of natural teeth.
- Getting porcelain veneers is a relatively painless procedure.
- Veneers are long-lasting.
- It is simple to care for dental veneers.
- Porcelain veneers are a long-term tooth-whitening solution.
- Veneers can be used to treat enamel loss.
- Dental veneers are an excellent investment.
Veneers typically last 5 to 15 years. With the practice of proper oral hygiene habits such as brushing the teeth, using dental floss and rinsing with an antibacterial mouth rinse will help to maintain your natural tooth structure along with the veneers.
Even though with porcelain veneers it is uncommon for them to get stained or have discoloration over time, your dentist may suggest you avert stain-causing foods and drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine. Composite veneers can stain and get discoloration over time so it would be more likely for these to need to be redone sooner than a porcelain veneer.
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