There might be some features of your smile that you’re conscious about. It could be that your front teeth are stained or discolored, or are chipped, it could also be crooked or oddly shaped teeth. Veneers are a popular choice for those who have these concerns and want to improve their smile and overall personality.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin shells that are placed on the front layer of teeth. They are made of tooth-colored material and are custom designed according to your dental appearance. They generally alter the shape, size and color of the teeth and make your smile flawless while keeping it natural. Dental veneers are more or less a permanent procedure but are they worth all the effort?
Firstly, what are they for?
Veneers are used to treat a number of concerns,
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are chipped, broken or worn down
- Teeth that are misaligned or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps between them
Secondly, what types are there?
Dental veneers are of two major types, based on their material:
- Porcelain veneers:
Porcelain veneer are strong and thin chips that match your natural teeth color.
The process involves grinding your teeth and making an impression to create a mold. The mold is then sent to our labs from which high-quality porcelain veneers are crafted as per your dental requirements. In the meantime, temporary veneers may be used.
- Composite veneer:
Composite veneers are an affordable option that is similar to porcelain, but due to difference in material they may not be as durable as porcelain veneers.
The process involves preparing tooth surface and etching it, composite is then bonded over the prepared tooth surface. Additional layers of composite may be added until the desired look is achieved. Lastly the composite is cured and hardened.
We recommend the most suited type of veneer depending on your requirements, the results you’re expecting and your affordability.
Thirdly, what are the pros and cons?
Advantages of Veneers are:
- Veneers function as natural teeth
- Veneers are natural looking and customized according to the individual, making it hard to distinguish them from natural teeth
- Veneers can be used to alter the appearance of one or more teeth
- Veneers improve the overall aesthetics of broken, chipped, or stained teeth
- Veneers can be used to remove minor gaps in front teeth
- Veneers, when placed well, can last up to many years
- Veneers alter the smile and boost confidence
Disadvantages of Veneers are:
- The procedure consists of grinding your natural teeth to place veneers, although a very little portion of your enamel is prepared, the process cannot be undone.
- If better care isn’t taken, teeth can end up getting decayed from underneath and cause the veneers to fail.
- Some habits like biting nails, chewing pencil or other hard objects may cause the veneer to dislodge.
Finally, what is their durability and aftercare?
Dental veneers can last decades if proper care is taken and by regularly visiting your dentist. The aftercare does not require anything special. Continue practicing good oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. If you grind your teeth, then a mouth guard may be advised for you.
In conclusion, dental veneers may be your best choice if you want to alter the appearance of your teeth with the least invasive procedure. Factors like the type of veneers used, your dentists experience and your oral hygiene effect the longevity of your veneers.