Just because you may not be blessed with perfectly white, straight, flawless teeth doesn’t mean you must live with that smile your entire life. Dental veneers can change your smile by hiding imperfections and giving you a natural-looking beautiful appearance.
Veneers are thin shells that are adhered directly to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are commonly available in two different types of materials. Porcelain veneers are created by lab technicians after your dentist provides a mold of your mouth. Once the porcelain veneers are made, they are sent to your dentist and you return to the office to have them bonded onto your teeth. Some preparation work is necessary to your teeth before getting the veneers, often requiring the removal of a bit of your tooth enamel.
The other type of veneers are made from composite resin material. They are created by your dentist in the office, so there is no waiting time for them to be made in a separate lab. Composite veneers are thinner than porcelain, and therefore sometimes break more easily. Also, porcelains are often recommended by dentists due to their natural-looking appearance and their ability to resist stains.
Some of the reasons that patients obtain dental veneers include the following issues:
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Worn teeth
There are some instances that veneers aren’t the best solution for improving your smile. Patients who grind their teeth have an increased risk of damaging veneers, as well as those with habits like chewing on hard items such as ice or pencils. It is important for patients to realize that they must properly care for their veneers so that they will continue enhancing your smile for many years to come.