Help Correct Chipped Or Broken Teeth
If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching
chipped or worn teeth
crooked or misshapen teeth
uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material. Your dentist will help you choose the material that is best for you. Each type of veneer has its own benefits.
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Types of Veneers
Composite Resin Veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth. Composite resin veneers usually requires less tooth enamel needed to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth. Porcelain veneers are strong and long lasting that have a natural looking surface.
Considerations For Choosing Veneers
There is a few possible downsides to dental veneers to consider. The process is not reversible. Veneers are more costly than composite resin bonding. Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack. Because enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Veneers may not exactly match the color of your other teeth. Also, the veneer's color cannot be altered once in place. If you plan on whitening your teeth, you need to do so before getting veneers.
Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite your nails; chew on pencils, ice, or other hard objects; or otherwise put excessive pressure on your teeth. Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, possibly necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.
Before You Get Veneers
Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you get veeners
Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break.
It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
Althought your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
As with all all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
If you have any questions about your veneers contact your dentist. Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups, too.