Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shell coverings designed to protect teeth and also to enhance their appearance. Often made from either porcelain or composite resin, they are applied to the front of a single tooth, or several teeth simultaneously, through a bonding process. Both the porcelain and composite resin types have different advantages, which can be discussed with your dentist in order to determine which ones are the best fit for you.
Dental veneers fix or improve a number of common patient complaints. They easily cover broken or chipped teeth, which helps to protect the affected area from further damage, while at the same time restoring a complete, healthy smile. Individuals with teeth that are worn down, as a result of grinding, for example, can also benefit from veneers. In addition, they can help patients with teeth that are improperly aligned or uneven.
For individuals who suffer from gaps between the teeth, dental veneers can provide an alternative when braces are not an option, or when they are undesirable to the patient. Without the hassle of braces, veneers can be fitted to give the appearance of a full, gapless set of teeth.
Veneers can also hide stains that prove difficult or impossible to remove. Whether teeth have been stained as a result of drug or root canal treatments, or simply from the use of common tooth-staining foods and beverages, dental veneers can bring back that coveted sparkling whiteness in any lacklustre smile.
Generally, there are a few main differences between the two types of veneers. The porcelain ones have a more natural appearance and a higher resistance to stains. They require fabrication by a technician in a dental laboratory and often take up to two weeks to create. The composite resin ones are typically thinner than their porcelain counterparts. Because of this, it isn’t necessary to remove as much enamel from the surface of the tooth as compared with a porcelain application. With resin veneers, your dentist may be able to place them directly onto your teeth, without needing to order them from a lab.
The process of getting dental veneers usually involves an initial consultation, an appointment for preparation, and, finally, the veneer application. To prepare the teeth, enamel is removed from the surface of the teeth in an amount approximate to the size of the dental veneer. The final step is when the veneer is carefully applied and bonded to the teeth by your dentist, ensuring a perfect fit and giving you a permanent, beautiful, brand new smile.