Dental Care and Veneers
Dental care is, by far, one of the most sought after aspects of the cosmetic industry. A smile can either make or break your first impression. There is nothing more significant to a smile than two sets of perfectly placed pearly whites. If you have been losing sleep over misshaped tooth or gaps between your teeth, then the simplest and the most effective solution is getting a dental veneer. What is a dental veneer? How is it done? Is it cost-effective? Here are all your answers to this seemingly popular dental solution.
What is Dental Veneer?
Dental veneers are basically porcelain layers that adhere to your teeth to give them the ideal shape and look that is conventionally desired. These layers are thin and it is almost impossible to identify them with your other teeth. There is a wide range of options that one can choose from while getting a dental veneer and your dentist will help you find your perfect pick.
Why do you need a Veneer?
Dental veneers can effectively enhance the shape, color, and placement of your teeth and thereby, improve your smile. Listed below are the reasons why a dental veneer could be your best solution:
- Porcelain veneers can be matched to the exact shade to improve the color of a stained tooth.
- A veneer can lighten the shade of your front teeth, if they have are specifically damaged from smoking cigarettes etc.
- If you have a chipped tooth, a dental veneer can make it appear as a whole tooth again.
- If orthodontics is not an option for you, dental veneers can also be used to fill small gaps between teeth.
- If one of your teeth is not in the same line as the others, a dental veneer can be fitted into the gap and the tooth can be brought in line.
- If you have a crooked tooth, a veneer can be used to correct it.
What are veneers made of?
Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain. Sometimes, they are also made of composite resin. The best person to help you choose the ideal material for you is your dentist. Both porcelain veneers and composite veneers have their own advantages.
A shell-like thin layer that is thin and customized to fit onto your teeth, porcelain veneers have the following benefits:
- Stronger and more durable
- Look more natural
- Not much tooth enamel needs removal in comparison to crowning or capping
- These veneers do not stain as easily as the other variant.
Composite Resin Veneers
The filling material is shaped and colored like a tooth and bonded to the damaged or discolored tooth or teeth in question. The benefits of these veneers are:
- Even lesser tooth enamel needs removal in comparison to porcelain veneers.
- Easy to fix and repair and hence an advantage since they do not last very long.
- Less expensive than porcelain veneers.
- Takes no more than one visit to be attached.
Quarterly or annual visits to the dentist are recommended after getting dental veneers to rule out possibilities of decay or the veneers coming loose. It might take you a few weeks to get used to the feel of a dental veneer.