Veneers – Transforming Your Smile from Flawed to Flawless!

Cosmetic dentistry involves dental works such as braces, veneers, teeth whitening, bridges, gum reshaping, implants, or even complete dental makeovers. For a more beautiful smile, most people are opting for veneers.

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of teeth. It is bonded to the front of the teeth by highly trained dentists and specialists to change its color, shape, size, or length to improve its appearance.

It offers a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color or shape compared to crowns, but the process is irreversible. However, it’s extremely rare for someone to want them removed and get back to the way they looked before the treatment.

Veneers are an easy solution for the perfect smile.

If done properly, veneers are quite beautiful and natural-looking. It is a fantastic way to improve a smile. In many cases, some reduction in tooth structure is needed for the best result. As intended, it transforms your smile from flawed to flawless as it can quickly correct worn, chipped, rotated, discolored, or fractured teeth.

Does it damage your natural teeth?

The answer is NO! by any means, porcelain veneer does not damage your natural teeth. In fact, it protects your natural teeth from further decaying as well as other damages. It provides extra strength as porcelain lamination is added around the teeth.

It is a permanent alteration, so mock-ups are used to allow to visualize the changes needed to be done. It is customized to fit facial symmetry and style with respect to size, shape, and proportion, its relation with gingival-contour, lip contour, and smile line.

If you’re considering this procedure, here are the Pros and Cons to help you decide:

 
Pros
  1. Realistic appearance. The optic properties make it appears realistic and very natural. Porcelain is a ceramic that has similar properties to enamel, the teeth’s natural covering.
  2. Stain-resistance: Porcelain is ceramic. and is therefore quite ”glass-like.” Its surface is extremely smooth and impervious. This makes porcelain veneers quite resistant to stains. 
  3. Durability: Porcelain veneers are relatively long-lasting – up to 15 years – compared to plastic (composite) veneers (up to seven years).
  4. Color versatility: The color of porcelain veneers can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  5. Ease of shaping: Compared to crowns, porcelain veneers do not require extensive shaping prior to the procedure thin. Ultra-thin veneers often need no shaping of the teeth.
  6. Improved appearance and restored confidence: It can help individuals with dental flaws such as teeth that are crooked, discolored, or have small gaps between them. Veneers can significantly make a difference to a person’s smile and, in the process, help improve self-confidence.
 Cons
1. Artificiality: Although they look realistic, porcelain veneers are artificial teeth, which may be a problem for those desiring a more natural solution to their dental problem.
2. High cost: Veneers, especially porcelain veneers, are expensive. 
3. Fragility: Although porcelain veneers are relatively tough, they are not impervious to any chipping or breaking when exposed to excessive impact or force like teeth grinding, and eating hard foods. Repairing or replacing veneers then becomes an expensive endeavor.
4. Permanence: When it’s done, there’s no going back.
5. Teeth sensitivity: Some veneering procedure requires the removal of enamel, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
If you have unhealthy teeth, you may not be a candidate:  those with decay or active periodontal disease, weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface or suffer from bruxism (teeth clenching).
An important rule to remember is The health of your back teeth determines the health of your front teeth”. This means that the dentist should evaluate the bite first before veneers are considered because having a stable bite can make or “break” (literally) a successful veneer case.
Overall, veneers can truly make you look, feel and smile at your best! It is permanent and can be a costly investment, but worth the price.

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