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Cosmetic Dentistry With Dental Veneers
Cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile by fixing minor imperfections with teeth. Dental veneers are often recommended to address issues of teeth stains, chips, cracks, gaps and teeth that are too short or appear crooked. Understanding how dental veneers help patients can help you decide if treatment is right for you.
The role of veneers in cosmetic dentistry
Dental veneers play an important role in cosmetic dentistry. In fact, they are often referred to as “Hollywood teeth” due to their popularity among many in the entertainment industry. The following is a review of dental veneers in cosmetic dentistry, including what they are and who makes an ideal candidate for treatment.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain material. They are custom-crafted after taking a dental impression of the patient’s tooth to ensure an ideal fit and natural appearance. Most commonly, veneers are used to improve the appearance and protect front teeth that are more visible, so they are less ideal for premolars and molars. When compared to alternative treatments, such as dental bonding, dental veneers offer superior durability and are more effective in treating more severe concerns, such as moderate teeth damage.
Who is an ideal candidate for veneers?
Anyone who is not happy with their smile due to minor to moderate imperfections with the more visible teeth in their mouth should consider the benefits of dental veneers. There are certain concerns that dentists more commonly use veneers to address, including:
- Teeth stains
- Chips and cracks
- Short teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Dental veneers are a more long-term solution than dental bonding, but they may require removing slightly more enamel than dental bonding. Discussing all options with a dentist is the best way to decide which treatment is most appropriate for you.
How does veneers treatment work?
The first step in veneers treatment is to discuss goals with a cosmetic dentist. If both parties agree to treatment, then a dental impression is taken of each tooth that is receiving a veneer. The impression is then used to create the custom veneers, ensuring the ideal size and shape for optimal appearance, feel and function. Before the impression, the dentist may need to remove or alter small amounts of dental enamel to make room for the veneers. Once the veneer arrives back to the dentist, they can position and place it for a secure, long-term hold.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers should last for around a decade or even longer, but the lifespan of the veneers depend on how well they are cared for. In some instances, dental veneers last for closer to 20 years before they need significant repair or replacement.
Dental veneers can transform your smile
If you are concerned with the appearance of your smile and want to learn more about veneers treatment, contact our cosmetic dentistry team today to schedule a consultation visit. We are glad to answer your questions and help you make the most informed decision possible about dental veneers.
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