Dental veneers are a great form of cosmetic dentistry. They are created from versions of porcelain as a thin covering that gets bonded to the tooth to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Though they are cosmetic, there are strength benefits as well. Over time, teeth wear down, crack, chip or shift. Veneers can improve the visual effect of those flaws while providing added strength as well. Veneers are a less invasive alternative than what dental crowns would be while providing the same great aesthetics.
Veneers versus Whitening
Porcelain veneers may require “shaping” or “prepping” the surfaces of the teeth being treated. Therefore, some cosmetic dentists first recommend teeth whitening to people with mildly discolored teeth who want a whiter a brighter smile. It is the least invasive method to achieve whiter teeth. In some cases, whitening partnered with orthodontic treatment would be recommended over veneers.
Care of Veneers
Care must be taken not to abuse the veneers. Remember, they are thin porcelain placed over your existing structure therefore; they can be broken or damaged. Here at Midway Dental Center, we may advice you against certain uses and dietary restrictions (such as snapping into a carrot). We also would recommend a protective appliance (night guard) to wear while sleeping, especially if you grind or clench you teeth.