Porcelain or ceramic veneer is a thin shell that is placed over a tooth. The veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth to create a more attractive appearance. Just like crowns, veneers can correct the appearance of chipped, broken, or stained teeth. The veneer can also close small gaps between teeth.
The Procedure for Veneers
The procedure for veneers is minimally invasive. We will prepare your tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel and taking impressions of your prepared tooth. Then we will take this information to a dental lab to create your customized veneer. Once your veneer is ready, we will bond it in place. With proper care, your veneers could last for many years.
Veneers vs. Crowns
Veneers and crowns are both used to improve the appearance of the teeth. However, they serve different purposes. Veneers will address only the visible area of the teeth, while the crown covers the entire tooth structure.
Veneers are made from porcelain or resin composite, while crowns are crafted from porcelain fused to metal or ceramic.
Veneers can be placed for two office visits and can transform the smile in as little as two dental visits. Crowns typically require two visits or one visit to prepare the tooth and one for the permanent crown to be placed.
The Advantages of veneers
Veneers can conceal an array of aesthetic dental imperfections.
The porcelain and resin material used in veneers is durable and resistant to stains.
Veneers are a painless way to restore your smile.
A veneer is a conservative treatment, meaning that less of your tooth will need to be altered.
A veneer can correct the appearance of a misshapen tooth, which can improve the appearance of your smile.
Veneers are designed to last for many years, so investing in veneers can save you time and money in the long run.
The Disadvantages of Veneers
Veneers can last for many years, but they’re not a permanent treatment. The lifespan of a veneer depends on how well the person takes care of their smile, but the average is 10 to 15 years.
Veneers are a more expensive option than bonding. The quality of veneers is not as good as natural teeth, so your natural teeth don’t receive as strong a chewing surface. Veneers also require special care, so if you don’t follow your dentist’s instructions, the veneers can chip or break.
Patients may struggle to choose the correct shade for their veneers, which means that they may need to visit the dentist multiple times to ensure that they get the proper shade.
Suitable Candidates for Veneers
Generally, veneers are a good option for patients who have good oral health, have healthy teeth, and just want to improve the appearance of their smile. However, there are some situations in which veneers are not the best option.
If a patient has severe tooth decay, they may need to treat the decay before placing veneers. Similarly, if a patient has severe gum disease, they may need to treat their gum disease before placing veneers.