This dental veneers guide will help you make the right decision about veneers and learn everything you need to know before investing in porcelain or composite veneers.
What are Dental Veneers?
Types of Dental Veneers
The two most common types of veneers are:
Porcelain veneers are stronger and typically more long-lasting than composite resin veneers. They look natural, are custom-made to fit your teeth, and are slightly more expensive.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are made from a tooth-colored resin, are easily fixable if damaged, and generally cost less.
Both require some reshaping of the tooth or teeth that you are getting fixed. Ultimately, when you consider improving your cosmetic dentistry with veneers, you should make an appointment to speak with your dentist to see if you are a candidate and talk about your specific lifestyle needs.
Composite vs Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain isn’t the only material used to make dental veneers. Resin composite materials can also be used. Many dentists and patients prefer porcelain because it`s more natural-looking and reflects light in much the same way a real tooth does. It is also resistant to staining, so the veneer looks healthy and clean even after a long period of wear. A dentist can assess your situation and recommend the best material for you.
6 Oral Issues That Can Be Corrected With Composite, Porcelain Veneers:
Dental Veneer Procedure
The entire application process at Jaffe Dental Group usually takes a total of three dental appointments:
The first will be a consultation to diagnose any issues and come up with a treatment plan.
The second will include prepping teeth by removing ½ a millimeter of enamel and making an impression or model of the teeth that will receive veneers.
During the final visit, our dentist will temporarily place the veneer on the tooth to ensure the color and fit is correct, plus any trimming as needed. Once it is ready to go, a specialized cement is used to bond it to your tooth.
Dental Veneer Benefits
What are the reasons why dental veneers are worth it?
Veneers are tooth-colored to look natural
Do not stain easily
Less invasive than other dental restorative alternatives
Resist decay and cavities better than natural teeth
Enhance smiles which in turn improves self-esteem
What Is the Difference Between Implant, Crown, and Veneer?
Dental implants are placed below the gums and become fused with the bone, acting as a base for the replacement of teeth.
A dental crown is a cap that’s shaped to look just like natural teeth. It is placed over a tooth to restore its size, shape, appearance, and strength. A crown is cemented in place and covers the entire visible portion of a tooth.
A veneer is bonded to the front of your existing tooth. Is a very thin layer of porcelain or composite and about 1 millimeter (mm) in thickness.
Composite Porcelain Dental Veneers Before and After
Before you get Veneers
Dental health is extremely important. If you are considering dental veneers, you must maintain good dental habits, including flossing and brushing daily to reduce infections and other issues.
With veneers, you will need to have healthy teeth and gums before placement to ensure that no other issues arise. Dental veneers are not a good fix if you clench or grind your teeth, as it will reduce the lifespan of the veneers.
Dental Veneer Aftercare
The best thing about dental veneers is that you treat them as you would your natural teeth. Good oral hygiene of brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly is all you need to maintain your oral health.
Interested to see if you are a candidate for dental veneers, contact us in Brownstown, Michigan for a consultation today.
About the Author
Dr. Steve, as he is referred to, followed in his father’s footsteps. Dr. Steve earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor. He then completed postgraduate training as a General Practice Resident at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally, Dr. Steve completed an extensive dental implant education program and has attended numerous continuing education courses in the areas of invisible braces, advanced oral surgery, and cosmetics. Clearly, Dr. Steve believes in the concept of lifelong learning in order to stay on top of the latest and greatest methods in the dental profession. Dr. Steve continues to deliver the high level of care we have provided since 1985.