Choosing the right dental veneers

June 27, 2017 at 5:00 AM

AS0601 woman-in-bathroom-brushing-teeth-and-smiling_BFNdHiRrs.jpgDental veneers are extremely thin shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve the appearance of the smile. They are strong, durable and a very effective way to correct a number of problems.

While whitening is a fine remedy for stained teeth, dental veneers offer a more permanent solution. In some cases, people suffer from stains embedded in the teeth that cannot be removed or whitened. This often occurs when antibiotics are taken as a child causing dark bands to form in the tooth structure. Not even the most advanced tooth-whitening techniques can treat this type of discolouration.

What do dental veneers do?

Dental veneers will effectively cover the problem and give the patient a white smile with a natural appearance. I have successfully treated patients that have been embarrassed by their discoloured teeth for years. Needless to say, the results were dramatic, with happy patients able to smile freely for the first time in decades. There is no doubt that patients fitted with veneers often experience a marked improvement in their self-confidence.

While veneers are a great way to fix most staining problems, they are also effective in restoring teeth that are chipped or crooked. Gaps between the teeth can also be corrected with well-placed veneers. If you are unhappy with the shape or colour of your teeth, it’s worthwhile coming in for a chat about veneers as a solution.

Porcelain veneers vs composite

There are two types of veneers available—porcelain and composite. Veneers made of composite resin can be applied in the chair during a single visit. These veneers are created by the dentist and can be a great solution for minor problems. The drawbacks are that composite resin isn’t as strong as porcelain and it can pick up stains over time. Generally, composite resin veneers will not last as long as porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers require a couple of visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken and then sent off to a lab where the veneers are created by a ceramist. Each set of porcelain veneers are custom-made and designed to fit one particular patient.

What problems do they solve?

Once the porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth, they are extremely durable and look very natural. The porcelain is glazed during the preparation process and this makes it impenetrable to stains. Porcelain also has far superior physical properties over resin in that it’s very strong and less prone to chipping and breaking.

While it’s true that porcelain veneers are the more expensive option, they last longer, look better and are extremely resistant to staining.

Whether you want to permanently whiten your smile or improve the appearance of crooked, chipped, broken or ‘gappy’ teeth, veneers could be the answer.

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