What are dental veneers? They are very thin (fingernail width) shells of tooth colored porcelain or resin composite material shaped to cover the front surface of your teeth for improved appearance. They are more for cosmetic purposes than functional, since they are usually used to cover up stained or discolor teeth, as well as hide irregularities such as teeth that are worn down from grinding, chipped, broken, misaligned or irregularly shaped. Porcelain veneers resist stains and, like natural teeth, seem to have light reflecting properties, as opposed to resin veneers. However, less of the natural tooth surface needs to be removed in order to attach resin veneers because they are thinner.
Veneers provide a natural tooth appearance and gum tissue seems to tolerate the material well. On the downside, veneers are costly, irreversible and irreparable. The color may not accurately match the rest of your teeth and cannot be changed once they are in place. Since some of the natural tooth enamel is removed to create room and bonding for the veneer, teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Teeth covered with veneers can still experience decay and may require further treatment in the future such as a root canal or crown. Therefore, veneers are not a good choice for those who have unhealthy teeth or gums, nor are they a viable option for those who have a tendency to clench or grind their teeth.
Veneers generally can last from 5 to 10 years. Composite bondings or crowns can be a feasible alternative to veneers. Your dentist will discuss with you the goals you wish to achieve and make sure that dental veneers are the best option for your individual needs.
Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care
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