Dental veneers or porcelain veneers are customized, wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells covering the teeth's front surface to conceal dental flaws and improve the appearance. When bonded to the frontal surface of the teeth, veneers can change the size, color, shape, or length of the teeth.
Dental veneers can be used to hide dental deformities like chipped, stained, broken, or cracked teeth or cover excessive gaps between the teeth.
Types of Dental Veneers
Veneers can be categorized into the following based on the materials used to fabricate them:
- Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are the most standard type of dental veneers as they are tooth-colored and resemble the appearance of real teeth. Besides mimicking the teeth's color, porcelain dental veneers can also withstand a certain extent of biting pressure, thus being stronger and durable than other veneers.
- Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are made from tooth-colored composite resin, a mixture of organic and inorganic materials. The organic ingredient includes the resin, initiator, and coupling agent, whereas the inorganic material used is the filler.
The bonding material used while manufacturing composite resin veneers and tooth-colored dental fillings are the same. Though composite dental veneers are strong, they are not long-lasting as porcelain ones.
- Instant Veneers
Instant veneers that offer a ready-to-fit solution can be instantly bonded to a patient's teeth and are cheaper than composite or porcelain veneers.
Lumineers are extra thin dental veneers that do not need any preparation of the teeth, like the removal of the tooth's enamel to bond them. Since they are manufactured out of ultra-thin porcelain laminate material, they are long-lasting and durable.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Placement of dental veneers on the surface of the teeth offers the following benefits:
- Veneers can correct minor dental cosmetic problems.
- They are an easy and simple solution to result in a bright smile.
- Veneers offer the most natural-looking teeth replacement solution.
- By bonding veneers to the front surface of the teeth, chips, cracks, dental stains, discoloration, etc., can be concealed.
- Veneers can fix worn-out teeth.
- Veneers can fix stained or discolored teeth. Moreover, veneers are stain-resistant, thus resisting future discoloration.
- If taken care of well, dental veneers can last longer than 10 to 15 years.
Procedure for Getting Porcelain Veneers
Before starting the procedure of bonding veneers, we conduct an initial assessment of the patient's teeth and mouth to determine their candidacy for the procedure. Once we find the patient as an ideal candidate for the procedure, we prepare the teeth accordingly by shaving off some enamel from the teeth to make space for bonding the veneers. An impression of the teeth is obtained to custom-prepare the porcelain veneers and ensure exact fit. After ensuring the compatibility of the veneers and conducting a bite test, we permanently attach the veneers to the patient's teeth.
Do you wish to know more about Porcelain veneers? Call Tod Anderson DDS at (408) 540-7813 or schedule an appointment online.