There are many things that can contribute to having a bad set of teeth. As a child, you probably grew up bingeing on too much sweets and failed to develop a habit of caring properly for your pearly whites, that you ended up with discoloured, damaged, or missing teeth. Injury to the mouth can also be a reason, leaving a tooth with a chipped edge or a crack. Whatever the cause is, don’t you wish you had a second chance at being able to flash a stunning smile? With dental veneers you do!
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are aesthetic appliance used to improve the appearance of teeth imperfections. These thin shells are made from gold standard materials, such as composite or porcelain that resemble the natural colour of the teeth.
Dental veneers are attached to the teeth and cover the surface in order to hide the following cosmetic imperfections:
- Diastema or gaps in between the teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Some teeth which are noticeably smaller than neighbouring teeth
Veneers can be categorised into four types:
Composite veneers are used to camouflage minor aesthetic flaws. To do this, the veneers made from composite resin material are attached to the surface of the teeth needing treatment concealing the imperfections.
No-prep veneers are veneers that can be used on the teeth that require minimal removal of the enamel to be attached.
Porcelain veneers are made from dental grade porcelain material that is strikingly similar to the natural look of the teeth. Veneers of this type are made to properly fit your dental profile. Prior to the application of porcelain veneers, some enamel are scraped from the teeth to create a rough surface which allows the veneers to be bonded strongly and and permanently onto the teeth.
Removable veneers work like retainers and can be easily snapped on and removed from the teeth. This is the latest type of veneers to be developed, so the material is far from perfect. Eating and talking can be a challenge when using veneers that are removable.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using dental veneers?
The table below shows the advantages and disadvantages of using dental veneers:
What can be done to make sure that dental veneers last for a long time?
Dental veneers offer patients the chance to have a perfect set of teeth and a great smile. While this cosmetic appliance can permanently hide imperfections, dental veneers are not fully exempted from getting damaged. Utmost care is needed to make this artificial teeth shield last longer.
Here are some tips and tricks that can be done to maintain your dental veneers at top shape:
How long do dental veneers last?
The materials used for your dental veneers play a vital role in determining their lifespan.
Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers, therefore they are more prone to damage and stains when they do not receive proper care. At most, composite veneers can last between four to eight years before they are due for replacement.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are a lot durable and can better resist stains. Given the strength of the material used, porcelain veneers are not easily damaged, unless they encounter brute force causing injury to the mouth or are constantly neglected when it comes to practice of proper oral hygiene. Porcelain veneers that are properly cared for can last for up to ten to fifteen years.
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