If you have healthy teeth and gums, but you are unhappy about the way your teeth look, dental veneers might just be the best solution for you. This cosmetic treatment is a fast and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile by changing the color, length, appearance, shape, and size of your teeth.
Veneers are typically thin, all-ceramic shells that are used to emulate the look of a natural tooth. They are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to create a beautiful, healthy, and natural-looking smile. This procedure is quick and painless, making it one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services available to patients today.
Porcelain vs. Composite Resin Veneers
There are several types of veneers, but by far the two most popular are porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers. Composite resin veneers are generally less expensive than porcelain veneers. However, dentists usually recommend porcelain veneers over composite resin veneers for a number of reasons:
- Porcelain veneers can last up to 25 years and they rarely require any maintenance. Composite resin veneers, on the other hand, can only last between 5 and 7 years and are susceptible to breakage and chipping, so they require regular maintenance.
- Composite resin veneers are prone to staining while porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant. Also, with proper care, porcelain veneers will continue to look beautiful for their entire functional life.
- Compared to composite resin veneers, porcelain veneers are more lifelike because they are translucent, which means that light shines through them exactly like natural teeth.
- Veneers made of porcelain are tolerated by gum tissues better than composite resin so they are overall more comfortable for patients to wear.
Benefits of Choosing Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can offer the benefits of orthodontic treatment, enamel shaping, teeth whitening and dental crowns. These are a few of the many ways that dental imperfections can be corrected using porcelain veneers:
- Porcelain veneers can close tooth gaps. Porcelain veneers look natural and they blend incredibly well with natural teeth, so they’re excellent at covering up spaces between teeth as well as making them appear straighter.
- Porcelain veneers can fix stained teeth. Natural teeth can easily be stained by certain food and beverages, or even by the normal course of aging. Fortunately, badly stained teeth that cannot be corrected by teeth whitening products or professional treatments can easily be improved with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are also available in a wide range of color shades, from natural to sparkling white, and they can be made to match the color of the surrounding teeth to give them a more natural and blended look.
- Chipped, broken, or worn down teeth can be covered and repaired with porcelain veneers. The habit of tooth grinding can wear down your teeth, changing their natural size and shape. This, however, can easily be fixed by having porcelain veneers placed over the front surface of your damaged teeth to provide you with the appearance of straight, perfectly aligned teeth.
How to Take Care of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers closely resemble natural teeth, so you just need to take care of them the same way you take care of your natural teeth. Keep following good oral hygiene habits like brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and regularly visiting your dentist. If you take good care of your teeth, your porcelain veneers will last from 10 to 20 years or more.