Looking for an outstanding alternative to crowns? Well, dental veneers may be just what you need. Veneers help to perfect your smile. This is done by hiding chips, concealing stains, correcting misalignment and crafting uniformity. The materials are designed to help boost your appearance by covering your teeth’s front surface with custom-made tooth-colored shells.
Because the material is customizable, veneers are very effective when you’re looking to make slight changes to your teeth. Some of these include changes to the color, size and shape of your teeth, as well as minor position alterations. Although veneers give your smile a more natural look than crowns, they provide resilience and strength that can only be compared to your teeth’s natural enamel.
Porcelain Veneers VS Resin Veneers
Dental veneers are constructed using either resin composite or porcelain materials. Porcelain veneers, also called dental porcelain laminates, are created using customized, wafer-thin material. They slide right over your natural teeth.
The porcelain helps to recreate a natural look, so no one ever has to know you’re wearing them. They’re also better at resisting stains that resin veneers. However, because resin veneers are so thin, placing them generally requires less removal of your tooth’s surface. Your local dentist will help you determine the right veneer material for you.
The Benefits of Veneers
These are just some of the cosmetic and dental benefits of veneers:
- Each set of veneers is specifically sculpted for the individual patient. This makes it almost impossible to determine which teeth are natural and which are veneers.
- Customized veneers, unlike natural teeth, have a resistance to tea and coffee stains, as well as cigarette and cigar smoke. This is due to the high-tech materials used to construct them.
- Your natural teeth usually need to be drastically altered in order to fit crowns. However, when fitting your veneers, very little altering is needed, leaving your natural teeth mainly intact.
- Crowns can stand out due to natural teeth with a strong resistance to whitening. Yet, when it comes to veneers, even the darkest teeth in your mouth will appear to be very white.
- Dentists have also recommended veneers as a quick-fix to small gaps between teeth, overlapped teeth and minor twists to correct natural teeth.
Procedures for Getting Veneers
Getting veneers generally requires three separate visits to your dentist: one consultation and two for crafting and applying your dental veneers. This is the usual 3-step veneering process:
- Get Diagnosis and Plan Treatment – Share with your dentist exactly what type of result you’re hoping to achieve. Your dentist will give your teeth a thorough examination to ensure that veneers are right for you.
- Prepare the Teeth for Veneers – Your dentist will make an impression or model of your teeth and send it to the lab. Your teeth’s enamel will be trimmed to prepare for placing the veneers. In about 1-2 weeks, your veneers will be ready for placement.
- Bonding – The veneers will be placed, trimmed, fitted and refitted until they fit properly. After minor adjustments are made, such as color, cement shade, cleaning and polishing, the veneers are cemented onto your teeth permanently.