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Veneers improve the overall appearance of your smile. They are thin shells that attach to the front of your teeth. These shells are tooth-colored and look exactly like teeth. They are used to treat many dental concerns, whether it is discolored, small, or chipped teeth. 

Usually made out of composite or porcelain, veneers are especially helpful in creating a symmetrical and beautiful smile. Read to find out more about this treatment and see if you could be a candidate for veneers. 

Composite VS Porcelain Veneers 

One of the most significant factors that differentiate between veneers is the material used to make them. Composite veneers are manufactured from what is called a composite resin, which is also used in tooth fillings. They are usually bonded directly to the tooth. 

However, the thickness and color matching of the veneer can sometimes be a challenge. Those made of composite resin are typically cheaper but may be less durable than porcelain veneers. 

Porcelain, on the other hand, requires impressions to be sent to a lab that makes veneers. These are then assessed in the mouth and bonded into place. Since porcelain cannot be created directly in the mouth and is made from a different material, they are usually more costly. 

How to Bond Veneers 

To bond veneers to the teeth, both indirect and direct methods are used. Direct bonding is used with the composite kind, where it is formed and bonded directly to the tooth. Porcelain veneers are typically indirectly bonded since the veneers are fabricated in a lab. 

However, only composite veneers can be directly bonded, making it a more efficient option for those looking to get it all done in one trip. 

Why Would I Need Veneers? 

People with worn down, chipped, or uneven teeth can benefit from this treatment. Discolored teeth can also be fixed with these thin shells. Excessive fluoride or root canal treatments can cause discolored teeth. Therefore, almost anyone is a suitable candidate for veneers. Misaligned teeth can even benefit from this option.

Advantages of Veneers 

There are many advantages to this dental treatment. Not only do they provide a natural appearance, but the porcelain ones are stain-resistant and can help your teeth look whiter. Moreover, they offer a conservative way to change the look of your teeth. Veneers are a more aesthetically-pleasing and stronger alternative to crowns, making them a viable option for everyone. 

As long as you maintain good oral health and follow your dentist’s instructions, veneers won’t be a problem and they typically do not require any special care.

Disadvantages of Veneers 

When you get veneers installed, the process is irreversible. So before you get the procedure done, make sure this is the best option with your dentist. Also, chipped ones may not be able to be repaired, depending on the severity of the problem. Should you get veneers installed, make sure to take special care of your teeth so that they don’t chip or break. 

Veneers may also make your mouth more sensitive to certain foods or drinks. Once enamel is removed from the treatment, your teeth might not be able to handle its regular diet. However, these effects are typically not severe. 

Like with any treatment, veneers may not be the right option for everyone. Those with tooth decay or gum disease should stay away from this treatment. People with weakened teeth or only a small amount of enamel are not ideal candidates for the procedure either. People with a teeth-grinding habit also have the potential to break or chip veneers while sleeping. 

Do Veneers Hurt? 

Usually, patients are entirely numb when getting veneers installed. Once the numbness settles in, there is no pain involved. If you are only getting two to four put in, you should expect a smaller amount of discomfort after the procedure. If you are getting around eight or more installed, expect some soreness.The soreness is not usually strong, so over-the-counter medications are typically recommended to alleviate the pain. 

Final Thoughts 

Before you invest in this treatment, educate yourself on the process. Porcelain veneers are a bit stronger than composite, but composite veneers can be a good option for those looking for installation in a single setting. Porcelain veneers need to be made in a lab, making it a longer process. However, both materials work wonders in improving the appearance of your teeth. 

Do you maintain good oral health? Do you want to improve the appearance of your teeth? If you answered yes, visit our office today to discuss your options. Remember, veneers are a great option for those looking to improve the aesthetic of your teeth without undergoing a significant procedure. Get in touch with us today!

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