What you Should Know about Dental Veneers

10 October 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Dental veneers, which are thin sheaths of tooth-shaped dental material, are applied to improve the appearance of the teeth. These cosmetic devices are positioned over the front surface of the teeth, so when you smile, speak, or laugh, only the veneers are visible. Any dental blemishes or irregularities are covered by the veneers.

Although, dental veneers have become quite popular. Many people know little about them. Here are a few details about veneers to help you better understand them. 

What Are Veneers Made Of?

Dental veneers are made of porcelain or resin. Both materials can render impressive cosmetic results.

Resin veneers are produced onsite by a dental professional and subsequently placed onto the teeth. As a result, veneers that are fabricated from resin only require a single dental visit for application. Additionally, resin veneers are less expensive than their porcelain counterparts; however, they may not last as long.

Porcelain veneers are created in a dental laboratory based on the measurements from a mold or impression of the patient's mouth. Once the veneers are complete, they are sent back to the dental office and applied during a subsequent appointment. Thus, the application of porcelain veneers usually requires at least two dental visits. The first visit includes the preparation of the teeth and the formation of an oral impression. During the second visit, the veneers are cemented into place. Porcelain veneers tend to maintain their whiteness better than resin. Additionally, they offer a translucency similar to that of a natural tooth.

When Are Veneers Used?

A veneer is one of the most versatile cosmetic dental applications. It can be used to conceal discoloration, shape irregularities, cracks, chips, or even minor misalignments. 

If only one tooth appears blemished, a single veneer can be used and matched to the color of the patient's other teeth. However, to transform multiple teeth, a full set of veneers may be needed. 

Do Veneers Require Replacement?

Porcelain veneers may last a lifetime. Still, they can become damaged if they are subjected to unusual amounts of bite pressure, such as that from bruxism. In addition, if the gums around a veneer recede, the device may need to be replaced with a larger veneer to cover the newly exposed area of the underlying tooth. Resin veneers are not as long-lasting as porcelain veneers, but they can be easily replaced if the need arises.

If you are interested in receiving veneers, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your area.