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What are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, wafer-like ceramic shells for discolored, worn out, broken, chipped or misaligned teeth. They are tooth-colored materials and cover the front portion of the teeth.
There are two types of material that are used to fabricate veneers: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be placed on teeth directly or indirectly but a porcelain veneer can be placed directly only. They are bonded by strong adhesives and also require very little preparation or none at all for certain veneers.
The thin wafer-like porcelain or composite resin are bonded to the tooth’s enamel to improve the color, shape, position of the teeth and give it a natural look. Veneers are used when crowns or braces is not a suitable option; they work wonderfully with irregular, misaligned and over spaced teeth. Veneers may be used for a single tooth or for multiple teeth.
What type of dental veneers should you get?
- Porcelain veneers are durable and made of good quality ceramic. You can camouflage your veneers by matching its shade to the shade of your surrounding teeth. These veneers are comparatively good stain resisters and last for about 10-20 years.
- Lumineers® is a popular brand of porcelain. Lumineers® veneers are uniquely produced using Cerinate® ceramic, which is an exceptionally thin material. They can be placed without using drilling or injections.
- Resin veneers are thin custom-made shells and do not require much of the teeth surface to be removed. Composite resin requires intense labor work. They are not as durable compared to the other two but not that pricey.
- Zirconia veneers are meant for those whose teeth are more damaged. These provide stronger restoration than porcelain veneers. Zirconium veneers are made using computer milling technology and help you get a smile identical to your natural tooth.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers can typically last for several years. Your dentist is the best person to tell you about how long different veneers can last. It also depends on your personal oral condition as well as your lifestyle. Veneers can easily last more than a decade or so.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers are stain resisters. Any coffee, coke, wine stains will roll by the surface of the ceramic porcelain. They cause no diet discomforts as such. Veneer gives a natural appearance to the teeth and improves the aesthetics of your smile. You can select the color of your veneer and match the shade you like.
What should you know before getting veneers?
The process of getting veneers is not reversible. You need to take real care of them and ensure they don’t crack since they are irreparable. Due to the removal of thin layer of enamel from your tooth during the veneers procedure, your teeth might feel a little sensitive to hot or cold food. If you have a habit of biting your nails or chewing the back of your pen or pencil, you better be careful as this can dislocate the veneers and they could even fall off.
Dr. Tracy Ngo at Stevens Creek Dentistry in Santa Clara helps you get a stunning smile. Call us today at 408-261-8882 to set up your veneer consultation!