Veneers

ABOUT VENEERS

Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance. . Such wear and discoloration may be natural or the result of a genetic predisposition; however, it is often increased as a result of your habits (soft drink, tea, or coffee consumption, smoking, medication use, etc.). Your teeth may become discolored either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride; or the presence of large resin fillings. Certain people may be born with abnormal spacing between the teeth that grows wider as they age. Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most of your cosmetic dental issues.

There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain:

A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using resin cement.

Dental porcelain veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today's veneers provides a more natural look than what's been available in the past. In contrast to composite veneers, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.

Veneers designed by CAD CAM technology:

How long do dental veneers last?
Porcelain veneers will typically last between five and ten years. The bottom line is that your veneers will eventually need to be replaced. To make your veneers last longer, follow a good oral hygiene program and visit your dentist for check-ups on a regular basis.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Veneers?

  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape -- veneers generally don't require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

Do Dental Veneers Require Special Care?

Dental veneers do not require any special care. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices including brushing and flossing as you normally would.