Veneers are a facing that is placed in the front of the existing teeth to mask or improve what is already there. In society today there is an increasing emphasis on out outward appearance and this can directly affect our personal as well as our professional lives
How Are Porcelain Veneers Different from Veneers Made from Resin Composite Materials?
The porcelain veneers are known to resist stains much better than the veneer made from resin material. It is also known to mimic better the natural light reflection property of the teeth. Resin veneer on the other hand is considered to be thinner and it requires less removal of the teeth’s surface before it is placed
Veneers have become the popular choice for those wishing to update their smile. There are a number of reasons for wanting to use veneers to improve the smile:
- Minor misalignment of teeth
- Rotated teeth
- Discoloured teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Short teeth
- Worn teeth
What Types of Dental Veneers do you have?
- Porcelain/ Ceramic
Typically porcelain veneers are the most popular due to their durability and their ability to maintain the tooth like characterisation. The colour/ shade of porcelain veneers are practically infinite ranging from natural tooth coloured all the way to a Hollywood bleach white. If maintained well there is no reason why porcelain veneers cannot last for 10 years or more
Before and after:
Braces placed overseas. Patient moved to Australia. After braces were removed teeth were discolouration and decay was evident. Improved with porcelain veneers.
- Composite resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are the more economical alternative to porcelain veneers. In a lot of instances, a similar result can be obtained from using this material compared to porcelain. Composite veneers are made of the same durable and white material that we typically use for fillings.
The main advantage of using composite veneers apart from the being the cost effective option is that composite veneers have the ability to be quickly placed. As with any dental filling there may be times that there is a need to maintain them
What Are the Benefits of Using Veneers?
Aside from the fact that they give you the look of natural teeth, they are also stain resistant. With porcelain veneer, you may choose the color of the teeth. This can make the teeth appear whiter. Gum tissue is also known to tolerate veneer much. What’s great with veneers is that they can change the color and shape of the teeth without too much reshaping that is required with crowns.
What Are Some of the Disadvantages of Veneers?
Veneers are irreversible and they cannot be repaired once they crack or chip off. Your teeth may also be more sensitive to hot or cold beverages and food since the enamel has been removed. They can also be expensive to have and they are reversible and most likely will not match the color of your teeth. Hence it is advisable that you undergo teeth whitening first (if you want to) before you get yourself veneers. It is not advisable that you chew on hard objects even though it may not likely dislodge or fall off. The teeth may still decay and there are instances when a full crown is necessary to cover it. Veneers are also not good for those that have decaying teeth, weakened teeth, and those that don’t have sufficient amount of tooth enamel. Those people who are fond of grinding or clenching their teeth are also not meant to have veneers since these activities can crack or chip off the veneers.
What Is the Life Span of Veneers?
You can use veneers for 5 to 10 years and after that you need to have them replaced.
Do Veneers Require Special Care or Precautions?
Special care is not necessary for veneers. However, dentists recommend that you continue with daily good dental hygiene which consists brushing twice daily at least and flossing. Veneers are stain resistant but dentists recommend staying away from stain-causing foods and beverages.