What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are great options when a tooth has developed unsightly contours, color, or shape. Fractured teeth and teeth with gaps between them can also be helped by veneers, and the same applies for situations with small bite-related problems when a tooth’s position has been compromised.

Porcelain laminate veneers are made of several ceramic layers and an adhesive layer. The ceramic layers replace the enamel of the original tooth. A small amount of the tooth (less than a millimeter) needs to be removed before a veneer can be applied. This creates room for the veneer and restores natural tooth functions.

It is necessary for a bond between the tooth and veneer to be done well. A strong bond is crucial for the veneer to function properly. Resin is placed between the tooth and the veneer, and then it’s hardened using a special light.

No-prep veneers (also called “minimal preparation veneers”) don’t necessitate as much tooth-material removal, because they’re bonded to the front surface of the teeth, rather than covering the teeth entirely. It’s easier, faster, and less uncomfortable than traditional veneers.

Are Veneers the Right Choice for You

Generally, because veneers are highly customized to the individual, you can’t tell the difference between a natural tooth and a veneer. One major difference is that veneers are more resistant to staining because of the high-tech materials they are made with.

Crowns require more tooth removal than veneers do. Veneers are options when you want your natural teeth to remain as intact as possible. Some teeth are resistant to whitening, but veneers can make heavily stained teeth look like they’re as bright as a fresh piece of paper.

Veneers are not reversible treatments—they are intended for permanent usage. They can be slightly adjusted and even replaced with new veneers, but they will never be completely removed. The tooth can’t remain in its natural condition once veneers have been put on teeth.

They’re also not made for stressors like nail-biting, ice-chewing, and other such habits. Otherwise, just treat them the same as you would for your natural teeth.

Do you think veneers are right for you? Ask us about them or make an appointment at (772) 464-4822.

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