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- What are veneers?
- What are the benefits of veneers?
- What are the different types of veneers?
- How veneers are attached on your teeth?
- How much do veneers cost?
- Caring tips after your veneers are attached
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are tooth-colored thin shells that are bonded to the surface of your teeth, which cover any unattractive, chipped and discolored teeth. Veneers are popular way for masking stained and crooked teeth and a great option to hide teeth gaps and correct less severe irregularities in teeth. If you have been looking for a stable cosmetic procedure to transform your smile with an attractive pearly white teeth, with no doubt veneers can do that for you.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers are the most popular cosmetic dental procedures that can bring you fresh and white teeth with much younger smile on your face. Veneers are custom-made and offer you an enhanced smile, which you may want to show off. Dental veneers can catch any eyes and doesn’t matter which type you choose (porcelain laminates or composite veneers), you will be a happier and much confident person after you see the changes on your teeth. Veneers can treat and do multiple dental problems that you have problems with:
- give you an attractive white and bright teeth
- enhance your smile by treating lip line and changes to your teeth
- great treatment for chipped and fractured teeth
- lengthen your short teeth
- correct and cover the gap between the teeth and other spaces in your teeth like diastema
- mask your stained and discolored teeth when teeth whitening procedure can’t remove the stains
- cover the mild protrusion and irregularities in your teeth
What are the different types of veneers?
Porcelain veneers (laminate veneers)
Porcelain or ceramic veneers are the main type of veneers that are tooth-shaped shells which fit over teeth. Porcelain laminate veneers are made in the laboratory and dentists use special adhesive or bonding agents to bond them to your teeth. Porcelain dental veneers are the most beautiful materials that is used in cosmetic dentistry. These laminate veneers have biocompatible properties, which make them a healthy cosmetic material on your teeth.
- durable and long-lasting
- retains the polished surface and are abrasion-resistance
- better color and shade matching to your teeth because they are made in the lab
- stain-resistance and wear-resistance
- the most natural-looking cosmetic look for teeth, which look great even after many years
- More expensive
- take more time to make (2 to 3 appointments)
- used mostly for front teeth.
- Need much dental work and enamel removal
- harder to fix
Composite veneers are dental veneers to cover your teeth using composite materials. Here your dentist uses composite resin dental bonding to mask or veneer your teeth. The material is prepared before and directly applied to tooth or teeth that you want to cover. Composite veneers take one dental visit and is the quickest way to have your teeth veneered.
- Less expensive and affordable
- Less enamel removal
- Take 1 single visit
- Easier to fix
- The quickest way to get white and beautiful teeth
- Doesn’t last longer as porcelain veneers
- Risks of breakage especially if not done by a professional dentist
- Can get stained
How veneers are attached on your teeth?
porcelain veneers procedure step by step
- your dentist will take an impression of the teeth to get a mold for the fabrication of the veneers (impression stage). They use high-tech imaging with laser to scan your mouth to get your veneer size that fits your teeth
- molds and impressions are sent to the lab to have your custom-made veneers ready
- after the veneers are made in the lab, you will need another visit to prepare your teeth (tooth preparation stage). Your dentist carves out the enamel of the teeth and prepares the teeth for the attachment of the veneers
- your dentist bonds the porcelain veneers on your teeth (bonding stage). Dentists use special resin and adhesives to fix your veneers in place
- after the placement of the porcelain veneers, your dentist contours and polishes any rough edges that may bother your gums. You will need to visit the dentist one week later to have your final finishing process done. Because you may need more contouring, cutting or polishing, and this makes your veneers as comfortable as possible
composite veneers procedure step by step
- dentist roughens and carves the small enamel on the surface of your teeth called acid etching technique
- composite material that is prepared to veneer your teeth is applied on the surface of the teeth you wanted
- dentist uses special light (light curing) to heat and bond the material to your teeth
- dentist uses dental polishing techniques to contour and polish the edges, the surface and give you a shiny look for your veneered teeth.
How much do veneers cost?
The average cost of veneers range from $800 to $2000 per tooth and you will need more budget for multiple teeth veneers procedures. Dental veneers’ cost depends on type, location of teeth you want veneer for and the other factors like location of the clinic and having a well-trained dentist to do the job.
Caring tips after your veneers are attached
- Avoid brushing your teeth with abrasive harsh toothbrushes or toothpastes
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly
- Do not chew on ice or other rough things
- Avoid biting your fingernails and other bad dental habits like teeth clenching
- Use splint or bite appliance (occlusal guard appliance) to protect your veneers if you have bruxism or extreme irregularities like over bite, underbite problems that can damage your veneers