Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way. This field is very popular in recent times and helped design the smiles of many celebrities and common people alike. The various treatments involved use many fixtures such as dental crowns, implants, bridges, etc.
One of the most widespread is a dental veneer.
What is a Dental Veneer?
The Strand Dental Centre defines veneers as an incredibly thin layer placed over teeth to cover a gap, or a crooked or stained teeth. This can instantly change the appearance of your smile and teeth. Generally used for aesthetic purposes by covering the flaws in teeth, they protect the teeth from further damage as well.
Your dentist can advise you on whether these will work for you.
There are two types of veneers: porcelain, which looks like natural teeth, and the composite ones, made of a combination of materials. In either case, dentists take an impression of the teeth and get them done at the dental lab, then apply them to teeth with a bonding agent.
Porcelain veneers give you a natural appearance; they are stronger and with good maintenance can last for a long time. Compared to composite veneers, porcelains are more expensive, due to their material and may take some time and effort.
Composite ones are cheaper and made up of glass and resin. While porcelain is the last word in natural appearance, advances in composite materials allow the manufacture of composite veneers that are at par with porcelain in aesthetics.
Labs can make composite veneers faster, but the drawback is that since they are porous, they are not as durable as the porcelain ones. They do not resist stains as well as porcelains, though, but with proper care can last for 6 to 8 years.
Consult your dentist who will ascertain whether they suit your teeth, or if you need one. Depending on the type you choose, the preparation will also differ. Follow the recommendations of your family dentist, but in general, veneers are a good way to hide the blemishes on your teeth while making it look as perfect as possible.