A dental veneer is a type of dental prosthetic and cosmetic repair system. A dental veneer involves the use of thin porcelain shells or composite resin material that are customized or tailor-fitted for placement over your teeth (usually the front ones like incisors and canines). The molars are best replaced outright with crowns due to the strength of bite forces from that portion of your mouth and jaw. A veneer is usually used on front teeth because a series of porcelain shells is usually enough to improve front teeth quality.
There are two types of veneers: composite or ceramic and porcelain.
Here’s what you need to know about them: Porcelain uses material that’s smooth and appears as natural as your teeth, but it requires a lot of milling in order to come out as natural.
On the other hand, ceramic veneers are easier to make and cost less, but their surface get more easily stained compared to their tougher and smoother porcelain counterpart.
Why Should You Use Veneers?
If you want to create a mostly pleasing and durable smile out of your teeth that are misshapen, chipped, and/or discolored, then veneers are the way to go. This is especially true if you wish to have a natural smile instead of one that looks fake and unnaturally straight, since each veneer is designed with the underlying tooth in mind. It also helps that veneers are more difficult to stain yellow than regular teeth since they’re made of porcelain, thus making them one of the ultimate ways to achieve the brightest smile possible.
This is because the dental veneer is a thin wafer or shell of tooth-colored porcelain. It’s placed via cement unto the front surface of natural teeth, covering their imperfections through a facade. This is as opposed to the more expensive crown that requires you to shave off your imperfect teeth so that you can plug and cement a crown on top of the visible teeth above your gumline. It’s a straightforward method of solving various physical and aesthetic issues immediately.
Veneers are not temporary, removable false teeth or crowns. Once you put them on their permanently attached to your teeth. What’s more, when getting them you need to cooperate with your dentist in order to determine if veneers are the best course of action for your needs
What Can Veneers Do?
Veneers are capable of accomplishing many things, which includes the following:
- Fix gaps
- Repair a chipped tooth
- Cover stains on the tooth
- Change shape of a tooth
- Straighten out crooked teeth
- Alter broken or chipped teeth
- Color-correct yellow teeth for a whiter smile
- Make your smile more aesthetically pleasing
Disadvantages of Veneers
- They cannot be easily repaired when broken
- You can’t use veneers on a tooth with a missing piece or filing
- Veneers are more expensive than their composite counterparts
- You can only use them on a strong and healthy tooth with no previous bonding
Aftercare of Veneers
- As for the aftercare concerns, keep in mind the following things.
- Don’t bite your fingernails or grind your teeth
- Don’t eat things like hard candy, nuts, etc.
- Chop any hard foods like pieces of chocolate, pears and apples.
Additionally, veneers feature the following important aspects and expectations. Let’s delve deeper on what you can expect or get out of such a procedure in the first place.
- Easily Whiten Your Smile in a Snap: After years of eating highly pigmented foods, smoking cigarettes, or drinking coffee, your teeth will get stained yellow or brown. The food you eat will take their toll on your dental coloration. If your teeth have an unattractive shade of brown or yellow, you can have the stained enamel bleached at home or at the dentist chair. However, they will get stained again over time. If you want an easier method of keeping them as white as possible permanently, then putting on veneers might be the correct solution when push comes to shove.
- Stain Resistance from Porcelain Hardware:According to the NIH (National Institute of Health), porcelain veneers in particularly are known for their stain resistance. Composite or ceramic veneers, not so much but they’re much cheaper because of it. By availing or porcelain shells cemented over your natural teeth, you’ll be able to stave off dental discoloration and keep your pearly whites as pearly and as white as the teeth of famous celebrities.
- Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems:Veneers are also dependable when it comes to fixing minor cosmetic problems like gap tooth or crooked teeth. It shouldn’t be too major of a problem though, such as fixing an underbite or overbite; those require something more drastic, like getting orthodontic braces involved. Actually, orthodontics can treat gapped or crooked teeth fine, but according to Dentistry Today, you have the choice to use veneers to hide or fix such issues if they’re only minor issues.
- Camouflage Minor Orthodontic Problems: Veneers are attached on the front part of your teeth, so you can’t change the position of the natural teeth to fix them. Instead, they cover them up or camouflage any slight imperfections after their application. Their appeal comes from the fact that your minor teeth need not be shaved down to a tiny stump to serve as abutment for a crown or a bridge. You can save the underlying tooth by giving it a better front-facing veneer or prosthetic enamel.
- Each Shell Protects Each Individual Tooth:Your teeth will still be crooked or gapped after applying the veneer, but no one will know from your smile except you and the dentist who applied the veneer. It’s better than a jacket because each shell protects and improves each individual tooth. It’s better than a crown because you don’t need to plug a whole crown over the tooth. However, a veneer is no replacement for braces. Your dentist might refer you to an orthodontist instead if veneers are inadequate for your needs.
- Replace Damaged Enamel:Despite its strength, enamel or the tooth’s outer shell isn’t indestructible. Things like hard brushing or acidic foods and beverages can wear it down. Acid reflux disease can damage it as well. A sugary or starchy diet can also result in bacterial infection that wears down on teeth due to their acidic waste products. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, veneers can protect your teeth from enamel erosion and abrasion while also making them more aesthetically pleasing at the same time.