What are Dental Veneers?
A happy and beautiful smile is one of the first features that most people will notice. Your smile needs some minor corrections to make it perfect, well veneers is the answer to your question. Dental veneers are thin tooth-colored coverings that are bonded over the front part of the teeth to improve the smile and appearance.
Our specialists at Channel Island Family Dental Office dentist in Ventura, Santa Paula, Port Hueneme, New Bury Park and Oxnard explain to our patients that veneers are a great way to improve your smile in case you have
– Stained or discolored teeth that can’t be whitened by bleaching
– Worn or broken teeth
– Crooked or misshapen teeth
– Large gaps or uneven spacing between the upper front teeth
– Smaller than average teeth
Some people may get just one veneer to repair the broken or crooked tooth. But most people get veneers done in all front teeth to give them a symmetrical and uniform appearance.
Porcelain veneers: These are shin shells of ceramic custom made to fix the teeth. They are excellent restorations to change the shape, color, size, and alignment of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are strong, lasting, and give a natural appearance. They are the most expensive type but give the best appearance.
Composite veneers: They are almost similar to porcelain veneers, but are made of composite restorative material. They are usually best suited for minor corrections and are less expensive than porcelain veneers.Direct/ instant veneers: A quicker and easier option, this type of veneers are premade and bonded on the tooth surface during the same appointment. They are less expensive than the porcelain veneers but they are not always exactly match to your natural teeth.Temporary/removal veneers: In cases, where patients are not ready to commit to the permanent veneers, removal veneers can be used as an alternative. They are custom made, costing is less, and can be easily removed by patients whenever needed.
Natural Apparence: One of the main features of veneers is the similar properties of porcelain to the tooth structure and remarkable resemblance with enamel because of its optic properties. This gives the veneer a natural and realistic appearance.
Easily brighten your smile: Porcelain is ceramic, and glass-like structure makes it extremely smooth and impervious. This makes the teeth resistant to discoloration and permanent stainings like stains from coffee, wine, or cigarettes.
Color versatility: The color of porcelain can be easily altered. The required shade can be selected from the shade guide and matched with the patient’s natural teeth or can make them appear whiter.
Shaping and contouring: Compared to crowns, veneers do not need excessive shaping or contouring. The ultra-thin nature of veneers often required the least shaping of teeth and easy placement.
Improved appearance and confidence boost: Veneers can help to cover the little flaws, crooked smiles, stains or gaps in between the front teeth. Veneers significantly improve a person’s smile and help in building confidence.
High Cost: Veneers, especially porcelain are a little costlier when compared to other dental procedures. The cost of treatment increases with each unit where the veneer has to be done.
Fragile: Although veneers are quite durable, when compared to crowns, veneers are extremely thin and are more prone to chipping and fracture. They are not suitable for patients with the habit of night grinding and eating hard food items.
Sensitivity of teeth: Bonding of veneers requires removal of some enamel that could make your tooth more sensitive to hot and cold foods.
Permanent treatment: Placement of veneers requires slight cutting of enamel, it is a permanent procedure and once it is done there is no going back.
Case selection: In patients with unhealthy teeth with weak, or less enamel on the surface, extensive decay, or periodontal problems, veneers cannot be used as an option for the treatment of aesthetic corrections.