Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.
In fact, our teeth are like ornaments to attracting partners, and a smile is one of the first indicators of sexual interest. For many, the condition of our teeth is associated with our oral hygiene, dietary habits, and overall health. So you might be wonder what a potential love interest sees when they see your teeth.
Unsurprisingly, Americans spend up to $1 billion dollars annually on cosmetical dental treatments.
If you have been thinking about undergoing a dental procedure for aesthetic purposes, you may want to consider dental veneers. There are several types of veneers and they all serve a different purpose.
Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of dental veneers and which ones are right for you!
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are made up of tooth-colored synthetic material that is secured to your teeth. They cover one or more teeth.
Dental veneers are mean to mask the imperfections of your smile and create a seamless effect. They are used for many cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of your teeth.
These are some of the common conditions that can be treated using veneers:
- Permanently stained teeth
- Teeth that are unresponsive to whiteners
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth that are cracked or chipped
- Stained teeth from acid erosion
You can have a veneer placed on just one tooth if you have a specific problem area. However, it is common to have veneers applied to six to eight of the teeth.
Different Types of Veneers
There are several different types of veneers. These are in price, material, durability, and purpose. Before you decide on veneers, it is important to know which type is right for you.
Before you get veneers, talk to a trusted team of dental staff to guide you in your smile journey.
These are some most commonly used veneers. Porcelain is not a harmful material for your teeth and it is strong. It is also the more durable of all the veneer options.
They can last up to 15 years and they are far less likely to break or chip.
The porcelain laminate is less likely to cause gum injury and affect the tissues around the mouth. The color blends seamlessly with the natural color of your teeth and they have a similar texture.
Porcelain veneers are also stain-resistant which keeps the pearly white and they don’t collect as much plaque.
However, they do require teeth shaving before the place, as they are a permanent treatment for your smile. The process can also be quite invasive and costly.
Composite veneers are made using a composite resin material and they are actually made right inside of the mouth. As with filling, the teeth are not premade. They are shaped, shaved, polished, colored, and contoured according to your smile goals.
The process is fairly quick and the veneers can be tailors to your specific needs and problem areas. They are also more cost-effective which is great if you are on a budget.
They can last up to seven years if you take care of them properly. Ensure that you keep up with good dental hygiene. This includes diet, cleaning, brushing, and staying on top of your dentist appointments.
These are also known as Palatal Onlays and are used to restore the front teeth, also knows as the anterior teeth. These are used when there has been palatial damage caused by bruxism or acid erosion.
This type of damage occurs when there has been frequent vomiting or acid reflux, causing dental erosion. The posterior teeth, or the teeth at the back of the mount, are left undamaged.
Therefore, palatal veneers restore only the damaged teeth.
These are a brand of veneers made of porcelain. They are permanent but, unlike other porcelain veneers, not as much of your natural teeth need to be shaved or removed.
The material is very thin and doesn’t require as much to be placed over your natural teeth, thus this process is reversible.
Lumineers are commonly used for teeth that are misshapen or discolored. They have a natural look, and a smooth feel. However, they do not last as long as your standard porcelain veneers.
This is a non-permanent option for veneers. They are much less invasive and they are custom made to snap on.
Removable veneers are created by molding your teeth as they are and they do not require a tooth reduction. You can put them on and take them off any time. Unlike permanent veneers which are not reversible because of the teeth shaving process.
Removable veneers can uncomfortable because they don’t bond well with natural teeth. You will also need to replace them often which can become pricey over time.
The Bottom Line of Dental Veneers
We all want a beautiful and brilliant smile that we can feel confident about. Luckily, dental veneers are a great option to restore our smiles and our self-esteem. If you are thinking of this dental treatment, remember that there are different types of veneers and consider your specific needs before making a decision.
Understand the difference between materials like porcelain and composite veneers and what they are used for. Additionally, be sure to take into consideration the permanence of the procedure.
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