Dental Veneers

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Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry in which a shell or layer of tooth-colored porcelain or composite is placed over the facial surfaces of your teeth to correct worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, discoloration and chips or cracks. Although dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create bright, white smiles with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth, they also protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments. Other benefits of veneers include durability, an improved smile appearance, and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure compared to crowns.

Cosmetic Veneers

Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:

  • Worn enamel: Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee; smoking; using certain medications, etc.
  • Wear and tear: Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.
  • Genetics: Certain people are born with abnormal spacing between their teeth that widens with age.
  • Uneven teeth: Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.

The two most common materials used to  fabricate or create dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Indirect (created outside of your mouth) porcelain veneers  and composite veneers are made by a dental technician in a dental laboratory; direct  (created directly on your teeth) composite veneers are made by your dentist  during your appointment at the dental office. Porcelain  dental veneers are more appropriate solutions for severe cases involving dullness,  wear, discoloration, extensive chipping, cracking, spacing or uneven teeth. Composite bonding or just bonding — which refers to direct composite veneers — is an  inexpensive, effective and minimally invasive way to restore and correct small  chips, cracks and discoloration in the teeth.

 

When are Veneers Appropriate?

The  removal of any natural tooth structure is permanent, so Midway Dental Center  prefers to offer patients the most minimally invasive options first. If your natural  teeth are functionally and esthetically adequate, dental veneers may not be an  appropriate treatment for you. However, if you have severely dull  or discolored teeth, your treatment options may  include porcelain dental veneers or composite  veneers. Veneers do have the added benefits of longevity and a proven ability  to enhance the appearance of the mouth, smile and other facial features that are  better supported by properly shaped teeth.

 

Veneers or Whitening?

Porcelain dental veneers or direct composite veneers  may require the  “shaping” or “prepping” of all teeth being treated.  Therefore, some cosmetic dentists first recommend teeth whitening to people  with mildly discolored teeth who want a whiter and brighter smile because it is  the least invasive cosmetic dentistry option. If crooked teeth or alignment  issues are involved, whitening also may be combined with orthodontic treatments,  including Invisalign.

 

Care  of Dental Veneers

Care  must be taken not to abuse veneers because the thin porcelain shells or  composite layers can be damaged or break. Midway Dental Center  may advise you against  certain uses or dietary tendencies (such as eating carrots) and may recommend  you wear a protective appliance while sleeping, especially if you are a grinder.

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