Dental veneers have become sought after in the world of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Also known as laminates, dental veneers are wafer-thin shells which look like teeth. They are cemented on the front surface of your teeth and are fabricated to fit the impressions of each tooth.
Uses of Veneers
There are a handful of applications for dental veneers, but, in general, they conceal any imperfections on the surface of your teeth. For instance, veneers can remedy deep stains which teeth whitening procedures cannot solve. Bleaching gels cannot get into the dentin layer without damaging the enamel, so for interior stains, it’s best to get veneers instead. Veneers are also used to repair fractured teeth as those with large cavities. Another application of veneers is to fill in gaps, or diastemas. In this case, veneers are extremely convenient because they do not require the patient to use braces to move teeth together, something which can take so much time.
Types of Veneers
Dental veneers, or laminates, are made using two materials – resin and porcelain. Of the two, the most durable is porcelain. Porcelain veneers can last for eight to ten years, and are suitable for severe dental problems including extensive chips, cracks, fractures, and dullness. At the same time, porcelain veneers are more natural-looking because of the material’s translucency. However, porcelain veneers are more expensive and they require two visits to the dentist. This is because porcelain veneers have to be fabricated by a laboratory technician.
On the other hand, composite resin veneers are made directly on the surface of your teeth so the procedure can be done in just one day, eliminating the need for any second appointments. While composite resin veneers are easy to fabricate, they lack the strength of porcelain veneers, and only have a lifespan of one to two years. On the flip side, composite resin veneers are inexpensive and do not require that much preparation on the part of the teeth.
Caring for Veneers
Veneers may not be vulnerable to cavities, but they can become chipped and cracked if you are not careful with your diet. You may have to prevent eating hard vegetables and fruits such as carrots and apples, if not dice them up to make them easier to chew. You may also have to wear mouth guards especially if you have bruxism, or pathological teeth grinding, in order to protect not just your veneers but also your natural teeth.
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