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Veneers

Help correct chipped or broken teeth

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made by a dental technician, usually in a dental lab, working from a model provided by your dentist. Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it's necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell. Your dentist may recommend that you avoid some foods and beverages that may stain or discolor your veneers such as coffee, tea or red wine. Sometimes a veneer might chip or fracture. But for many people the results are more than worth it.

Types of Veneers

Composite Resin Veneers

A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling materia bonded to the tooth. Composite resin veneers usually requires less tooth enamel needed to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth. Porcelain veneers are strong and long lasting that have a natural looking surface.

Considerations for choosing veneers

There is a few possible downsides to dental veneers to consider. The process is not reversible. Veneers are more costly than composite resin bonding. Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack. Because enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Veneers may not exactly match the color of your other teeth. Also, the veneer's color cannot be altered once in place. If you plan on whitening your teeth, you need to do so before getting veneers.

Though not likely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite your nails; chew on pencils, ice, or other hard objects; or otherwise put excessive pressure on your teeth. Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, possibly necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.

Before you get veneers

  • Your teeth and gums must be healthy before you get veeners
  • Veneers are not always a good choice for patients who clench or grind their teeth, because the thin veneers may chip or break.
  • It is possible for veneers to come loose over time. In that case, new ones might be needed.
  • Althought your dentist removes as little tooth enamel as possible for veneers, the process cannot be undone once the enamel is removed.
  • As with all all your dental care, discuss all your expectations and treatment options with your dentist. Regular dental visits are a must for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

If you have any questions about your veneers contact your dentist. Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups, too.