Veneers are thin shells of ceramic or resin that are bonded directly to the front surface of your teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their conservative preparation of your teeth. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. We design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s smile.
Veneers offer several advantages:
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- The color of a porcelain veneer can cover dark teeth making them appear whiter.
- Veneers are a more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape.
- Veneers can mask teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth.
- Veneers can reshape teeth that are chipped or broken.
- Veneers can be made to correct for teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.
- Veneers can close gaps between teeth.
There are, however, disadvantages to veneers:
- The process is not reversible.
- Porcelain veneers are more costly than resin ones.
- Ceramic veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack.
- Because enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
- Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring exacting bite records need to be taken and only a prosthodontist who has the added years of training is qualified to do this. Your prosthodontist may require you to wear a night-guard to protect them.
- Teeth with veneers can still experience decay—meticulous cleaning on your part and professional cleanings every 4-6 is a must.
- Veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth (for example, those with decay or active gum disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), or for those who have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface.
Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack or break.
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