Veneers are thin, tooth-colored dental devices placed on the front surface of your teeth to boost appearance and smile. They are mostly made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Veneers address various dental defects, including teeth chipping, breaking, and discoloration. People mostly use veneers Waterford on the top front teeth. You can get one veneer if one tooth is cracked or chipped, but it is better to get six to eight to create an even symmetrical look. Veneers are suitable if your teeth do not improve with other dental techniques like teeth whitening, braces, or retainers. There are various types of veneers, which include:
1. Porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are the most common type. They are tooth-colored, completely customized, and made of ceramic materials. Compared to composite veneers, porcelain veneers resist stains better. Porcelain veneers mimic your natural teeth’ natural look and can withhold a specific extent of biting pressure. They rarely injure your gum tissues and surrounding soft tissues in your mouth. Porcelain veneers last between ten to fifteen years. You need more than one dental session for complete placement.
2. Composite veneers
Composite veneers are made of composite resin. They do not last long like porcelain veneers and are prone to staining. You only need one dental appointment for the entire placement of composite veneers. Your dentist will sculpt them directly onto your teeth. Before attachment, your dentist must recontour your teeth. If your composite veneers chip, your dentist can repair the broken area. Composite veneers last between five to seven years. Composite veneers do not irritate your surrounding tissues or adjacent teeth.
3. Palatal veneers
Palatal veneers, also known as palatal onlays, restore anterior teeth. They are made from materials like porcelain laminates, composite resin, or gold. Deep bite, bruxism, and dental erosion are the common causes of palatal damage to your anterior teeth. Erosion mainly results from chronic vomiting and severe acid reflux. Palatal veneers only restore the compromised section leaving the rest of your teeth untouched.
Lumineers are a type of veneers that are ultra-thin and translucent. They match the shape and color of your natural tooth enamel. Due to their thin characteristics, you do not require tooth reduction or recontouring before placement. Compared to other forms of veneers, lumineers last longer for over twenty years. Lumineers are convenient but compared to traditional veneers, they have a higher chance of chipping. Lumineers’ surfaces are smooth and feel natural.
5. Removable veneers
Removable veneers are less invasive and non-permanent. They are convenient but do not appear as natural as permanent veneers. Removable veneers increase your chances of plaque buildup and can harm your gum tissues gradually. There are two kinds of removable shells; instant veneers and custom snap-on veneers. Instant veneers involve placing them in hot water and pressing your teeth into the soft fitting material. Custom-made clip-on shells involve your dentist taking an impression of your teeth to create them.
Veneers can treat chipped, broken, discolored, and uneven teeth, improving your smile and appearance. Dental veneers are durable but ensure you maintain them in good condition to last longer. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center for dental veneer placement to restore your smile.