Veneers are a procedure that enhance the appearance and increase the function of teeth. They are effective for correcting misalignment, chips, gaps and stains. Veneers only cover the problem areas and can be color matched to blend with natural teeth.
Types of Veneers
Veneers can be porcelain or composite. The porcelain type is more attractive and durable while the composite type is more affordable and requires less preparation time. It is up to the patient to decide which type is appropriate for their needs.
The benefits of porcelain veneers include:
Composite veneers are created in a single appointment. While they are a convenient and economic choice, they last only four to eight years even with excellent maintenance habits.
The Veneers Procedure
The veneers procedure is performed by a cosmetic dentist. In the case of porcelain veneers, the tooth surface is prepped by scraping away a part of its surface. The dentist will make an impression of the teeth to ensure the new veneers fit properly. At the next appointment, the veneers will be cemented to the teeth. The final result is a beautiful smile that will last for many years.
Caring for Veneers
Veneers only require a good oral health routine to maintain their luster. Daily brushing and flossing along with the use of antiseptic mouthwash are all that is needed. It is best to avoid bad habits such as nail biting and ice chewing to protect veneers. While they are durable, they can still be damaged.
A beautiful smile is not only attractive it enhances self esteem and improves relationships both professionally and personally. Those interested in veneers should consult with a dentist to discuss their options.