Dental veneers are a type of aesthetic treatment that considerably improves the appearance of our smile, being one of the best options for all those people who suffer small defects in their teeth, such as tooth spaces, discoloration, poor formation, fissures, or worn teeth. Within the specialty of Aesthetic Dentistry, dental veneers are one of the most requested procedures to improve the appearance of our teeth in a fast, effective, and minimally invasive way.
WHAT ARE DENTAL VENEERS?
They are thin, custom-made porcelain or composite covers that encase the front of your teeth, giving them a natural and aesthetic appearance. Dental veneers are usually between 0.3 and 1 millimeter thick, this will depend on your teeth and the problems that these have, your dentist will recommend the option that best suits your needs.
DENTAL VENEERS MATERIALS
Today there are two types of materials used to make dental veneers on the market, each with its own pros and cons. Porcelain veneers are the most recommended because of their durability and resistance, having a lifetime of 15 to 20 years, resulting in the most expensive. Composite or resin veneers have lower durability and resistance since the material with which they are made tends to be fragile, having a lifetime of 5 to 10 years.
WHEN IS THE USE OF DENTAL VENEERS RECOMMENDED?
This type of aesthetic treatment is recommended in cases such as:
- A gap between teeth
- Stained teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn teeth
Dental veneers are an excellent option for people who want to maintain a beautiful and long-lasting smile since it is very difficult for their color to change due to the consumption of substances that would pigment or stain our natural teeth. It is very important to highlight that dental veneers are merely an aesthetic solution and not a functional one since it is a treatment that serves to cover and hide defects in our teeth, thus the patient does not need to undergo treatments that require more time. Remember to visit your dentist so that he can assess you and determine the best option for you.
TYPES OF VENEERS
Composite veneers are manufactured right on the premises by the dentist and applied directly to the teeth. A single appointment is all that’s needed for this procedure, which will bring back your dazzling smile and hide any imperfections.
Porcelain veneers serve the same purpose as composite veneers. However, they are made in a laboratory. Porcelain veneers are a little like false nails in that they are made to measure and cemented onto the tooth surface. The full procedure requires two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and take the impression that will serve to make the veneer in the lab; and a second to cement the veneer onto the tooth.
Which type is right for you?
Both veneer types offer the following benefits:
- A more attractive smile while preserving healthy teeth.
- A more uniform smile in terms of tooth color and shape
Benefits of composite veneers:
- Several veneers can be applied in a single visit.
- Less expensive than porcelain.
- Easy to repair if needed.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
- Preserve the bright, slightly translucent appearance of natural teeth.
- Longer-lasting than composite.
- Do not change color over time.