Your dentist may have recently recommended you think about implanting dental veneers. This recommendation could have sprung from a variety of different reasons, such as, chipped or cracked teeth, restoration after a root canal, or maybe you are just unsatisfied with the current appearance of your teeth. Whatever the reason may be, it is always best to do your homework and make sure that dental veneers are the best option for you. Continue reading to see if you need to call your dentist to make your veneer appointment!
What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are very thin, film-like surfaces applied to the front of a tooth. Veneers are mostly for aesthetic purposes, making the tooth they are placed on top of look healthy and well kept. They can be made of one of two different materials, porcelain or resin composite. Resin composite is much thinner and offers less of the surface of the tooth to be taken off. Porcelain is much more natural-looking and is stronger against possible stains and cracks. Taken care of well, veneers can last for many years to come.
Dental veneers are a quick, simple and effective procedure to change the appearance of your teeth for the better, but what should you expect the day of your appointment? The day off, your dentist will buff the surface of your tooth to about half a millimeter down. If you opt for resin composite, our dentist will bond and sculpt the material to your tooth and can be done in one day. If you chose porcelain, your dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send the mold off to a lab to make your custom veneers. By the next appointment, your new veneers will be cemented to your teeth using a shade that most closely matches your natural tooth color, and using a handheld UV light to harden the bond.
Pros of Dental Veneers
- Strong and durable
- Stain resistant
- Instant results
- Natural looking
- Easy to maintain
Cons of Dental Veneers
- Increased sensitivity – Don’t worry, this isn’t an issue for everyone, it is simply a possibility as part of the procedure includes removing a layer of tooth enamel.
- Possibility of damage
- Eligibility – If you suffer from weak enamel, this may not be the best possible option for your teeth.