Dental veneers are a fantastic solution to a range of different concerns. Read on for everything that you need to know before you opt for dental veneers at your dentist…
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are sleek, slim shell-like surfaces that are secured onto the front side of a natural tooth. These are most commonly made out of porcelain or composite resin material. These are designed especially to fit a unique tooth shape. The materials used and where your veneers are sourced will largely depend on your condition, requirements and the professional opinion of your chosen dentist.
Who needs them?
Veneers are a great choice for a range of different issues and concerns. These can include…
Chipped, Cracked or Broken Teeth
Irregularly Shaped Teeth
Small or Uneven Teeth
These are just some of the issues that might lead you towards getting dental veneers fitted. This procedure is simple and accessible for many, many patients however there are some conditions that are going to prohibit you from getting veneers. These can include…
Ongoing Teeth Grinding or Jaw Tension
Structural Damage in the Tooth or Jaw
Recurrent or Persistent Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
Poor Oral Hygiene and Health Upkeep
Overbite, Underbite or Overcrowding
These factors can prohibit you getting your dental veneers fitted, so it’s important that you talk with a professional honestly and openly about your smile before going ahead with any commitments. Regular check ups and cleans at your dentist will mean that you’re not taken by surprise should any one of these issues occur. Regular upkeep is essential for dental health, so whether you suspect that you need veneers or not, it’s vital that you commit to visiting your dentist on a frequent basis.
What types of dental veneers are available?
As stated above, the most common types of dental veneers are porcelain and composite resin. Their details are…
Porcelain: Porcelain laminate veneers are custom created in a dental lab, meaning that they will perfectly blend into your smile. You’ll get a tailored colour match, fit and perfected shape all unique to you. This means that your entire veneer fitting process will take longer than one fitting, in fact, it will most usually take around three visits to your dentist to complete the procedure. After your initial consultation to get custom details down, you will then have a thin layer of your enamel removed and be provided with a temporary veneer. Once your veneers are ready to go you will have an appointment to get your new permanent veneers bonded to your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers will last for around 10 to 12 years, with the correct upkeep.
Composite Resin: Composite resin veneers are quick and easy to place onto your natural tooth. These are added in single layers and bonded into place, creating a permanent solution to your smile’s issue. Your resin veneers will be colour matched to your teeth, layered on piece by piece and then polished up all in the one appointment. Composite resin veneers will last around 4 to 8 years, with the correct upkeep.
Both options for dental veneers have their own unique benefits, your dentist will help you to make the right choice for your smile, budget and lifestyle.
Are you ready to talk to your dentist about getting dental veneers? Inquire at your next check up and clean or, if you have a more pressing condition, book in for an emergency appointment for a temporary veneer prior to your permanent fitting.