A healthy and confident smile makes a great first impression. If your teeth are chipped or cracked and are not as white as you want them to be, it might affect your smile and confidence. Thankfully, most of these dental issues can be treated easily. There are several treatment options for these cosmetic problems, and dental veneers are possibly the most popular of them all. Read on to know more about this cosmetic dental procedure:  

What exactly are dental veneers? 

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made tooth shells that adhere to the front of the tooth to cover the abnormalities. When properly cared for, dental veneers can last for decades. Veneers are made of porcelain material, which is tinted to the right shade of white, depending on your complexion. Veneers mimic the look of natural teeth, so the smile does not appear unnaturally white.  

By placing the veneer on the tooth, dentists can change your tooth’s size, shape, color, or texture. Veneering not only improves the smile but can also provide lip support. People are often surprised at how young they look after getting the veneers.  

Some people get only one veneer to cover their chipped or broken teeth, but some need between 6-8 veneers to create a symmetrical and beautiful smile.  

Are there different types of veneers? 

Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin.  

Porcelain veneers 

These veneers are thin shells of porcelain shaped to cover the tooth’s front side. The material matches the shape and color of your natural teeth, and it is often difficult to tell them apart from your other natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are exceptionally strong and can last 10-20 years when cared for. They are resistant to chips and stains. To place porcelain veneers, the dentist removes some of the tooth’s enamel and then sticks the veneers. The veneers are fabricated in a lab so you might have to visit your dentist multiple times to complete the procedure.  

Composite resin veneers 

These veneers use a tooth-colored resin to improve the appearance of teeth. The resin is applied directly to the tooth and then sculpted to achieve the right shape. Composite resin is a less expensive material, which makes these veneers more affordable. The procedure can be completed in a single sitting because veneers do not have to be sent to an outside lab.  

Non-prep veneers 

There are specific brands of porcelain veneers that take less time and are easier to apply. To apply non-prep veneers, the layers of the tooth under the enamel are not removed; only the enamel is removed.  

Who can get dental veneers? 

Anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their teeth and get brighter and even smile can get dental veneers. They can be used to treat several dental cosmetic issues, including: 

  • Uneven color or severe discoloration that cannot be fixed with tooth whitening
  • Gaps in the teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Smaller, unusually shaped, or pointed teeth
  • Small misalignments

How to care for dental veneers? 

You need to brush and floss just as you would not normal teeth. It is recommended that you use non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. To prevent staining, you should reduce your intake of coffee, wine, and other stain-inducing foods. Proper oral hygiene can help your veneers last a long time.  

Veneers are a great option for improving the appearance of teeth and boosting confidence. Veneers can help individuals feel more confident about their smile and overall appearance by covering imperfections such as chips, gaps, and stains.

If you are considering getting veneers, consult with us, and we will see if you are the right candidate for veneers. We will ensure you understand every part of the process and help restore your beautiful smile.   

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