A VENEER is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite materials, and porcelain.
A composite veneer or bonding may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), it is a tooth colored resin that can be shaped to form veneers. Composite veneers are essentially a reinforced plastic. In contrast, porcelain veneers are often seen as the more durable of the two substances.
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of individual teeth. They act as shields that sit on the front of each tooth. Veneers are used predominantly to enhance the appearance of teeth.
The composition of the porcelain veneers allows for the most natural-looking teeth possible by replicating the translucency and light handling characteristics of natural tooth enamel. Both forms of veneers have the same final appearance.
Veneers are an excellent whitening option for those who suffer from discolored teeth. Teeth that cannot be bleached effectively due to deep stains from years of using certain medications or teeth that are darkened because of an injury or substance abuse are good candidates when considering veneers.
Dental veneers give patients the confidence to smile with pride, without worrying about the state or appearance of their teeth. Veneers aren’t just for celebrities, they are a very common treatment for anyone looking to radically improve the appearance of their teeth.
Veneers are not suitable for patients who have severe tooth decay or untreated gum disease.
If there is an oral infection such as an abscess in a patient requiring a root canal, these other dental issues must be treated first, prior to the application of dental veneers. The patient’s teeth and mouth must be healthy for the veneers to adhere properly to the teeth.
The ideal patient must have realistic expectations about their veneers. They must be willing to adjust to a more vigilant cleaning and flossing regime, and be aware that veneers require proper care to last.