Veneers are wafer-thin shells, custom-made from tooth colored materials and designed to cover the teeth’s front surfaces to improve their appearance. Sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers or in some cases, dental porcelain laminates, the role that veneers play remain the same. They are used to change the shape, color, size and length of some
people’s teeth to make them look more attractive. People sometimes ask are veneers safe to use? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’. Veneers were invented in 1928 for use by actors in a movie shot in California. Since then, they have been safely used by tens of millions of people from all walks of life.
Type Of Veneers
The two most common types of veneers are porcelain veneers and veneers made from resin composite materials. However, it’s possible to have veneers made from a variety of ceramics, porcelains, composites and zirconia. Many people prefer porcelain veneers for their ability to resist stains and mimic natural teeth’s light reflecting properties.
Our dentists will discuss your options with you when choosing the material from which your veneers will be made. You will look at the pros and cons of the different types
of materials, how long they last, their cost and any other information you need to make an informed decision about what is the best choice for you.
Benefits Of Veneers
Veneers provide dental patients with a wide range of benefits. They provide people with several different aesthetic issues with their teeth an excellent solution. Veneers can
restore stained, chipped, broken, worn, slightly misaligned teeth or fill gaps between teeth and help create a beautiful smile. Three other benefits veneers offer include
natural looking, stain-resistant teeth that the gum tolerates well. Plus, veneers come in colors that help make dark teeth look whiter. Veneers also tend to look better and are stronger than crowns. And they do not require reshaping the tooth as much.
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Do Veneers Ruin Your Real Teeth
In addition to asking are veneers safe, some people often want to know are veneers bad for your teeth in the long term? Putting veneers on your teeth are not bad for them. However, your teeth are permanently changed when a veneer is used to correct stains, chips and other tooth imperfections. The size and shape of the teeth are changed before the veneers is placed over it and bonded to them. Often the amount of tooth material removed is fingernail thin. Still, if the veneer is damaged or removed, a replacement veneer or another type of tooth covering will be needed.
Are Veneers Safe Long Term
With proper care, most people are able to wear their porcelain veneers for 10 to 15 years or longer. The veneer is generally very sturdy. To make it last for a decade or more, people have to practice good dental hygiene. People with a veneer simply have to brush and floss daily and refrain from doing things that can damage their teeth. Trying
to tear open plastic bags or remove bottles caps when you have veneers will shorten its effective lifespan. Having a dental hygienist use power polishing equipment, ultrasonic
scalers and heavy duty manual scalers can also damage your veneers. Dental hygienists using coarse pumice polishing pastes or acidulated fluoride during a fluoride treatment can also damage your veneers. This can reduce the length of time it will last.
Although having a veneer is a safe, effective option for improving your smile, there are some potential risks factors to consider. One of the risks associated with having a veneer is that it’s a non-reversible process. Once you put a veneer on your teeth, you will always need to have one. Another risk is some enamel on front surface of the tooth on which the veneer is placed is filed down. Some drilling will be necessary. Eating and drinking hot and cold things for years may cause the veneer to crack and need repair or replacement.
Tooth Decay, Gum Shrinkage, Veneer Damage And Tooth Sensitivity
Failure to maintain proper oral hygiene can result in tooth decay unde