Dental veneers are thin shells of ceramic or composite resin placed over your teeth to restore your attractive smile. Veneers are custom-made to the shape of your teeth and are bonded to your tooth’s surface through a series of steps.
What are Dental Veneers Used For?
Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic procedure used to fix minor defects in your teeth.
Whitening Your Smile
Oral habits like smoking, chewing tobacco and consuming dark liquids like red wine, coffee, and cola can stain your teeth and turn them yellow or brown. This can make your smile lose its appeal. A good way to hide pigmented or discolored teeth is to cover them up with veneers.
Fixing Minor Cosmetic Damage
Veneers can also be used to repair peg-shaped, misshapen, or undersized teeth, without the use of invasive procedures. They can also be used to fill in minor gaps between teeth, which can trap food debris and make brushing difficult. Veneers can be placed on the tooth surface to bridge and camouflage the gap.
Covering Damaged Enamel
Enamel can be eroded due to plaque, over-brushing, aging, or a variety of other factors. This is concerning since enamel cannot grow back and, if left untreated, can result in severe pain and eventual loss of teeth. Veneers are excellent treatment options to cover up and protect teeth with enamel erosion and can help you recover your smile.
Types of Dental Veneers
The two most common types of material used in making dental veneers are porcelain and composite resin. These can be bonded to your teeth with the help of dental cement. Porcelain is typically prone to breakage; however, when it is bonded to the tooth, it can become very strong. Also, porcelain veneers are more durable than composite resin veneers and can last for 10 to 15 years with proper oral care. Therefore, they are a bit more expensive than resin veneers.
Porcelain is also quite resistant to stains and is more natural-looking than veneers made of composite resin. However, since the material is thicker than composite resin, more enamel material needs to be eroded to make space for porcelain veneers.
What To Expect If You Want To Get Dental Veneers
No single dental treatment is perfect for every patient. If you are considering veneers, you should call us at (586) 666-4950 to schedule an appointment. We will perform a clinical examination of your mouth and will discuss the available treatment options with you.