Dental veneers provide another alternative for patients who want to whiten or esthetically change the appearance of their teeth. It’s the ultimate cosmetic procedure for esthetics.
They, however, aren’t for everybody or for every situation.
A thorough understanding of the pros and cons of this procedure, as well as the other alternative cosmetic dental treatments available, will prevent many disappointments or future problems.
The Pros and the Cons Of Choosing Dental Veneers
Dental veneers or laminates are thin coverings made of porcelain or composite.
These are placed on the visible areas of the front teeth.
The ADA states that veneer placement is ideal for teeth with enamel wear beyond repair, for chipped teeth and for teeth that cannot be bleached.
They can be also used on uneven, unaligned or spreading teeth, when orthodontics is not desired or the ideal treatment.
On the other hand, veneers shouldn’t be placed on teeth that have periodontal disease or caries.
They shouldn’t be used on those teeth that could be whitened via bleaching or straightened via braces.
Teeth that are badly broken down aren’t good candidates either, since a good bond must exist between the veneer and the tooth.
Crowns would be the better alternative here. Finally those who grind their teeth, bite their nails or play contact sports need to evaluate the potential risks of veneer damage, prior to placement.
6 Important Points To Consider Prior of Dental Veneers Operation
Anybody who considers veneers must remember several points.
They are irreversible when done.
The dentist must remove a small amount of tooth structure (usually ½ millimeter) to accommodate the restoration. Once the tooth is prepared there is no going back.
In addition, veneers don’t last forever.
When done the patient is committing to the fact that they may need to restore the veneered teeth several times during their lifetime.
Also, since this procedure is cosmetic, dental insurance will not generally cover the cost of veneers, making the out of pocket expense fairly high.
The Procedure (step by step)
A consultation is usually needed to determine the parameters of treatment. The discussion with the patient may include the type of veneers to be used, as well as the number of teeth that need to be treated. Veneers can be done in porcelain or composite.
What’s the Difference Between Composite and Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers require two visits, generally last longer and are definitely more expensive.
On the other hand, composite veneers are usually placed by the dentist in one visit and are done chairside. One advantage of the composite veneer is that it usually can be repaired if slightly damaged.
Both types of veneers require a small amount of tooth preparation. Porcelain veneers, however, need to be sent to a ceramist for fabrication.
After preparation the dentist takes an impression and may place a temporary laminate on the teeth worked. One to two weeks may be required to fabricate the veneers.
The second visit entails the fitting and bonding of the veneers. Since porcelain veneers are laboratory fabricated, very little chairside adjustment is needed when placed.
This illustrates the steps of Composite Veneers
After Care – How To Maintain Your New Sexy Smile And Keep It Healthy?
The life of the veneers depends on the amount of care given to maintain them.
Here are Things To Avoid As Much As Possible
- Drinking great amounts of coffee and smoking can stain the veneers, over time.
- Playing contact sports or grinding one’s teeth can chip or ruin them. Bruxism appliances or mouth guards need to be considered.
The patient committing his time and money to this procedure also needs to maintain impeccable oral hygiene home care.
He needs to brush three times daily for two minutes at a time, needs to floss regularly and need to keep up with professional dental cleanings.
Veneers should be considered when other cosmetic procedures aren’t advised or deemed worthwhile.
They are extremely esthetic when used in the proper situation, and can dramatically change a person’s appearance. They require patient compliance once placed to preserve their beauty and integrity. Veneers are incredibly strong and sturdy and can last for many years of esthetic longevity.