Veneers are an excellent way to make a drastic improvement to the appearance of your smile. Many people have heard of them, but few know details about the procedure. We have compiled some information to help you better understand this aesthetic solution and whether they are right for you.
What is a Dental Veneer?
As the name suggests, dental veneers are a thin layer that is placed or painted on the surface of your tooth. Veneers can be used to:
- Whiten smiles
- Align uneven teeth
- Re-shape teeth
- Protect the surface of damaged teeth
- Repair chips and fractures
- Close tooth gaps
Are You A Candidate?
Veneers are not the best option for every person. There are several variables to consider and, in some cases, there are other treatment options that may better address your concern. Factors considered when determining your eligibility are:
- Whether or not your teeth are functionally or aesthetically suitable
- The state of your oral health in general
- Your level of commitment – the tooth preparation procedure is permanent
- If the strength of your teeth can withstand the process
- Whether or not other less invasive procedures can address the problem
Take Part in the Process
If it is determined that you are a good candidate, you will be involved in the process of designing your veneers. You will be able to dictate preferences regarding shape, length, width and color.
Types of Veneers
There are 4 types of veneers, each with unique attributes. We will help you determine which is the best option for you based on the condition of your teeth and your desired results.
Porcelain – Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells that are custom made from impressions of your teeth. They are bonded on the front of the tooth to improve appearance.
- Long lasting (typically 10-20 years)
- Strong and durable
- Natural looking
- Application can be uncomfortable and requires anesthesia
- Although chips and cracks are rare, they are more difficult to repair
- Reshaping of teeth is irreversible
Lumineers – Lumineers are the thinnest veneer option (similar thickness as a contact lens)
- No grinding required
- Pain free
- Can last 20 years or more
- More likely to detach after treatment
- Less opaque and thus more likely for original tooth discoloration to show
Composite (Bonded) – composite is a resin that is brushed on to the tooth, then hardened under UV light and polished.
- Less expensive
- Less damage to the teeth
- Chips and stains are easily repairable
- Only last 5-10 years
- More prone to chipping and staining
Non-Permanent Veneers – these are most commonly used before the placement of porcelain veneers. But are sometimes chosen so that they can be removed as needed.
Palatal Veneers – Palatal veneers are primarily used to treat worn teeth rather than for aesthetic purposes. They are usually made from gold and are applied to the inside of upper teeth.
Get Professional Advice
Veneers are an excellent way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile in an instant. But there are many factors to consider when determining whether they are right for you, and then choosing the most appropriate type for your needs.