What are dental veneers and who needs them?
Dental veneers are popular not only among celebrities but also among everyone else who wants to have that perfect smile. Essentially, they are used in cosmetic dentistry, but they do have protective applications and are thus used in general dentistry.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain shells or laminates that have the same texture and color as your teeth. They are used to cover surfaces of teeth whose appearance are spoiled by discoloration, cracks, or chipping. They are also used to hide unsightly spaces between two teeth. Generally, they are used to improve dental aesthetics.
There are different types of dental veneers, but they are basically made of two types of materials–porcelain and composite resin. Which type you choose depends much on your preferences, but asking your dentist is always a good idea. Some people prefer porcelain veneers because they don’t look any different from natural teeth and they also don’t get stained easily. Others prefer resin veneers because they are thinner and thus don’t need removal of too much of the tooth surface.
When are veneers useful?
Porcelain or resin veneers have a number of applications in dentistry. As mentioned, they are usually used to conceal tooth imperfections.
- Discoloration. Years of drinking coffee or smoking can stain your teeth. Tooth discoloration is also due to dental fillings or an adverse effect of exposure to too much fluoride. This aesthetic problem can be as simple as simply having yellow teeth, which can be fixed through conventional tooth bleaching, or it can be as worse as ugly staining, which requires concealment.
- Gaps. Spaces between two teeth, especially those teeth in the front, can be embarrassing. They can be easily fixed through veneers, which eliminate the need for braces, which don’t fix the problem right away.
- Jagged Teeth. One of the most common complaints cosmetic dentists attend to is jagged or uneven teeth. This problem may be due to your genes or may be a result of an accident. If teeth misalignment or unevenness is bothering you, you can always have it fixed through veneers.
- Broken Teeth. Accidents, old fillings, and aging can break your teeth. Serious cases of broken teeth may require extraction, but in some cases, veneers can solve the aesthetic issue.