Dental Veneers: Available options

For those people with a desire to improve their smile and the general look of their teeth, dental veneers are an easy way to achieve that. Veneers are thin coverings that are attached over the outwards visible part of the tooth. They take like any normal and natural teeth but with an improved and ‘customised’ look to them.

Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:

  • teeth that have been too stained to be bleached
  • chipped or worn teeth
  • crooked or misshapen teeth
  • uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth

Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain is made into thin shells that are custom made to fit teeth.

  • they are strong and long-lasting
  • they have a natural-looking surface
  • less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
  • they don’t stain easily

Composite resin veneers

These are made from a tooth-coloured filling material bonded to the tooth.

Benefits of composite resin veneers:

  • usually, less tooth enamel needs to be removed as compared to crowns or porcelain veneers
  • sometimes these veneers only need one visit to the dentist
  • are relatively cheaper
  • although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly

 Before you get veneers

  • Your teeth and gums must be healthy 
  • Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break. If you clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may suggest you wear a plastic dental night guard while sleeping.
  • Although your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
  • It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
  • As with all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
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