What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are an ultra-thin laminate of tooth-coloured material that is applied to the surface of front teeth. Dental veneers offer a non-surgical, minimally invasive technique to make your smile look more bright, natural and healthy looking. If you are not completely satisfied with the appearance of your teeth and smile, dental veneers can deliver a fast and effective smile makeover with amazing results.

The primary purpose of applying dental veneers is to conceal whatever cosmetic dental flaws or imperfections you may have by covering the front surface of your teeth. Besides transforming your smile without the need for complex surgery, the laminate shells also protect and strengthen your underlying teeth from wear and tear.

The simple veneering treatment, which usually requires no more than 2 – 3 dental appointments, is highly versatile being able to correct a wide variety of dental aesthetic issues including bite problems, crooked teeth and worn out teeth.

Which types of patients need Veneers?

Those who wish to cover crooked or unevenly spaced teeth (diastemas);

Those who want to ‘Straighten’ or ‘lengthen’ teeth to present a well-balanced and symmetric smile;

Those who wish to hide stained teeth;

Those who want to conceal discoloured fillings;

Those who wish to cover worn down teeth;

Why should people choose Dental Veneers compared to other treatments?

Dental veneers offer a versatile and effective method to quickly address a host of cosmetic dental issues, which can be especially useful when the alternative involves a lengthier or more patient-involved procedure. Here are two of the most common situations in which some patients may prefer dental veneers over other traditional methods of dealing with an aesthetic issue:

Tooth Discolouration: Dental Veneers vs Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening may still be the way to go if you have mildly discoloured teeth that require professional bleaching to get rid of the yellowish stains. However, dental veneers may be more suitable if you need to correct more challenging discolourations; improve the shape or position of your teeth; cover a chip or crack; or tackle a host of similar problems with a single procedure. In cases where there are multiple aesthetic issues, it may be more worthwhile to apply the thin laminates as a total cosmetic solution.

Correcting Misalignment/Gaps in Teeth: Dental Veneers vs Orthodontic Braces

The main function of orthodontic braces is to move the misaligned teeth to their desired position. While the teeth straightening exercise can deliver both aesthetic and functional results, they may be considered rather long and tedious, especially when compared to the procedure for dental veneers.

It can take months or even years for orthodontic braces to correct misalignment issues. If your primary concern with the misalignment lies with the aesthetics of your smile, dental veneers represent incredible time-savings and can be installed within 2-3 dental appointments.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are several types of dental veneers for you to choose from. While they can differ in terms of material and application, they share in common similar thickness (about a millimeter) and appearance (tooth-like shell). Available in about 25 different shades, all the different types of veneers offer a protective layer for your underlying teeth that can help to reduce teeth sensitivity when they come into contact with hot and cold foods and beverages.

Here are some facts on the four types of dental veneers to help you make an informed decision:

Porcelain Veneers

The porcelain material is prized for its unique properties that combine beauty and strength. Its natural tooth-like appearance mimics the same shiny translucent quality of teeth enamel. Sculpted to the precise shape, size and look of your natural teeth, porcelain veneers help to deliver a brand new smile that looks both radiant and natural. Although one of the most expensive variants, the porcelain veneer tends to produce the most aesthetic results. The material is also more robust and stain resistant as compared to composite resins. The natural, strong and durable porcelain material also makes it suitable for people with chipped or cracked teeth as well as severe discolorations.

Composite Veneers (Bonded restorations)

The advantage of Composite Resin Veneers is that they require a much shorter preparation time. The entire treatment process may be completed within a single dentist appointment. Composite veneers can be smoothened and polished to look like normal teeth but they are not as strong or durable as porcelain veneers. As compared to Porcelain Veneers, they are more prone to fracturing when the teeth are exposed to rigorous biting and chewing functions. However, they can be easily repaired and offer a more affordable solution to concealing minor aesthetic problems.

What are the advantages of Dental Veneers?

Veneers offer a number of cosmetic and functional advantages.

They provide a natural aesthetic look, which mimics the cosmetic look of your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains that composite veneers.

Different shades of porcelain can be selected to match the natural shade of your teeth.

Gums are able to easily tolerate porcelain and composite veneers

What is the difference between a composite and porcelain veneer?

Porcelain Veneers are more effective when it comes to resisting stains, as well as possessing a reflecting quality that imitates that of natural teeth. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are often used because they can be much thinner and they also require less of your natural tooth to be removed before the placement of these.

How long will a veneer last?

On average, dental veneers can last for around 5 to 10 years before they will need to be replaced. However, if you experience a chip or crack you should visit your dentist straight away.

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