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What are dental veneers, and are they right for you?
A dental veneer is a thin layer of material placed over the tooth. It improves the look of the tooth on which it is placed, and protects damage that has been done to the tooth. Dental veneers patch teeth, making them look new and healthy.
There are two types of dental veneers: Composite and Porcelain.
A composite veneer may be made directly on the tooth. It can also be indirectly made off of the tooth and later bonded to it. After the consultation, composite veneers can be placed in one visit.
A porcelain veneer can only be indirectly made off of the tooth. These veneers may take 1-2 weeks to come back from the laboratory. After the consultation, application of porcelain veneers requires two visits.
How Dental Veneer is different from a Crown
The difference between a crown and a veneer is that while a crown covers the whole tooth, veneer only covers the front of the tooth- the side that other people see. However, veneers are not as strong as crowns. Dental Veneers may be a more cost-effective alternative to a crown.
Who should get a Dental Veneer?
While veneers can help a lot of people’s teeth look great and healthy, they are not for everyone.
Good candidates for veneers are patients with strong teeth, who don’t like the color, shape, size, or position of their teeth. Dental Veneers can greatly improve the cosmetic look of these types of teeth problems. Teeth whitening is another option for people that are looking to improve the cosmetic appeal of their teeth.
Patients with severe tooth decay, broken teeth, severely stained teeth, or those who grind or clench their teeth should explore another option.
Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers
Like all things, dental veneers have a good side and a bad side.
- Pros– Getting dental veneers is an easy way to have a cosmetically perfect smile in a short amount of time. Dental veneers are also hard to stain, and are strong and durable. On average, dental veneers last between 10 and 15 years. Short application times are common with dental veneers. With a veneer, your teeth may be strengthened, and your smile whiter!
- Cons– may take up to 2 weeks to become used to veneer. Sometimes, some of the tooth intended for veneer may need to be removed in order to apply it. This can increase the risk of trauma to tooth. There can be minor sensitivity to tooth after being prepped for veneer.
Some people may experience slightly different pronunciations of ‘s’ and ‘f’ sounds, however the veneers can be adjusted to remedy this. Veneers are not a perfect replacement for natural teeth.
Veneers can be damaged for those who struggle with clinching their teeth, or who have Bruxism. For those with Bruxism, a mouth guard can be worn to protect veneers (consult with dentist).
Heritage Dental can help you decide if dental veneers are right for you
Here at Heritage Dental, our dentists can perform a variety of cosmetic procedures to improve your smile—from subtle changes to major repairs. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing. Our dentists can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn teeth, or alter the length of your teeth.