Considerations Before Getting Porcelain Veneers

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What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layer of ceramic or composite resin that is designed to cover the front of the teeth. When veneers are made only the enamel of the tooth is shaved out so you don’t have to remove as much tooth structure. Then the thin porcelain veneer is cemented to the outside of the tooth so the appearance is enhanced greatly. The cost of a veneer is $900 to $2000 depending on the quality of the veneer. As far as age is concerned, generally the teeth should be fully developed and fully formed. Typically, 16 to 18 years old would be the minimum age to get veneers although; there might be exceptions to that. If you need something done to enhance your teeth and your smile veneers can work very well in your needs. They may have done differently depending on the circumstances and the necessity of the situation.

Types of Veneers

Composite veneers are resin based which is the same material that was used in fillings. They are more affordable than porcelain veneers. However, they are most likely to stain, discolor and chip. It requires fewer visit sometimes these veneers take just one visit. They are also easy to replace if damaged. They can last up to 4-6 years. Ceramic or porcelain veneers are designed to provide an extremely realistic look. They are more expensive than composite veneers. They are stronger and more durable. They have smooth and translucent surface that looks natural. It is also resistant to staining and chipping. They are a long term investment and they can last up to 15 years or longer if they are maintained well.

Natural Look or Too White

Veneers are made with a very skilled pair of hands either the dentist’s hands or the master ceramic technicians that make porcelain veneers. In essence, craftsman making those two things is the most important factor in having them to look natural. The second most important factor is the desire of the patient. Some of the patients want to have teeth that are close to their original teeth. Enhancement of their teeth, but not necessarily to make them look fake and the aesthetic choice is a personal choice. Some patients the most perfect set of white teeth that may look less natural. But again that’s down to the choice of the patient and the desire of what they want to look like. But a lot of it comes down to the expertise of the craftsman that makes the veneers. They can look as natural as the patient wants them to look.

Your natural teeth will be thinner and smaller

Veneers requires tooth reduction or preparation, depending on the patients tooth position and anatomy. But in most cases a very minimal reduction. The dentist will shave the outside of the tooth. Although, the dentist will only remove a thin layer of enamel on your teeth the process cannot be undone and will be permanent.

They need replacement

Veneers can chip or crack depending on how you take care of it. So you need to be very careful while you are wearing them. You need to avoid eating hard foods or biting down hard objects because it can crack your veneers. It is also possible to become loose over time and you need to replace them with a new one.