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If you are self-conscious about discolored, crooked, or chipped teeth, then you should look into getting dental veneers to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over existing teeth to improve their appearance. Dental veneers are growing in popularity due to the simplicity of the treatment and its affordability relative to other types of cosmetic restorations.

There are two types of dental veneers: composite and porcelain. Each has its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.


Uses of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a versatile treatment that help with a number of issues, including:

  • Altering tooth color
  • Altering the shape of teeth
  • Repairing chips
  • Improving alignment


Altering Tooth Color

Some people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth due to a yellowish or dull stain. This is often caused by lifestyle behaviors like drinking dark-colored drinks, or smoking tobacco. The use of certain medications can also stain teeth.


Altering Teeth Shape

Many patients are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth due to perceived problems with their shape. They may feel that their teeth are naturally overly short or small, leading to feelings of embarrassment when smiling or eating. Dental veneers can help to recontour the shape of your teeth and smile.


Repairing Chips

Dental veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile when they have been affected by minor chips.


Improving Alignment

Dental veneers can help in some cases where the patient has irregular teeth or misaligned teeth. They can also help with gaps between teeth.

Some types of dental veneers are not recommended for younger patients since some healthy tooth enamel may require removal before placement.


Types of Dental Veneers

As mentioned earlier, both composite and porcelain materials are available.


Composite Veneers

One of the main benefits of composite veneers is affordability. They can also be normally placed in only one office visit.

One drawback of composite veneers is that the composite material is more easily damaged than porcelain. It can also become stained, depending upon the lifestyle choices of the patient.


Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is superior to composite in both durability and stain resistance. The material also provides a close match to the natural appearance of teeth, including translucence. The main drawback to porcelain veneers is that they cost more than composite.


Getting Composite Veneers

You should be able to receive composite dental veneers in only one office visit. We begin by roughening the surface of the tooth to allow for a better bonding attachment.

Your dentist will apply the composite material in layers, skillfully contouring it into the correct shape. At each stage, the composite material will be hardened using a special lamp.

Finally, the composite material will be carefully polished so that it closely resembles the appearance of a natural tooth.


Getting Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers take more than one appointment because the veneers themselves are created in a dental lab. After the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel, your dentist will form an impression of your teeth using a malleable material. This will help in creating a mold and your eventual porcelain veneers.

After your veneers have been received from the lab, they will be placed at a later appointment. Your dentist will use an acid to roughen the outer part of the tooth, allowing for a stronger bond.

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