Teeth veneers is one of many options available in cosmetic dentistry to create a beautiful smile as well as repair signs of aging.
Veneers are used to cover badly stained teeth, reshape chipped or broken teeth, and fill gaps between teeth. They are a tooth colored plastic or porcelain shells that are permanently cemented to the front portion of your teeth.
Teeth veneers are fitted by first shaving the tooth to reshape and prepare it for the application of the veneer. An impression of the teeth is then taken and is used to make veneers that fit exactly over your teeth. When the veneers are ready, they are fitted on your teeth. Adjustments are made where needed and they cemented to your teeth.
Porcelain veneers remain popular because their appearance is natural and realistic, they are stain resistant and very durable, lasting up to ten years. There are some disadvantages. They are unsuitable for those who clench or grind their teeth and cannot usually be repaired if they chip or crack.
There are a variety of porcelain veneers now available that do not require as much preparation as the traditional porcelain veneers. They are very thin and very strong. Little or no shaving has to be done to the surface of the tooth, making preparation much quicker and simpler.
Common problems that can occur in this procedure include removing too much enamel and incorrect attachment to the tooth. Be sure to go to a competent professional.
Teeth bonding or dental bonding, a less expensive alternative to porcelain teeth veneers, is a composite resin filling that is used for a variety of dental improvements such as repairing chipped or cracked teeth and closing gaps between teeth. The resin is soft putty like material that the dentist molds, shapes and polishes directly to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet light.
Teeth bonding can also be used for fillings instead of the traditional amalgam fillings (silver fillings). Bonding however, is not suitable for large cavities because the resin is not strong enough when spread over a large area. Dentists usually prefer to use bonding for only small cosmetic improvements as it may not last as long as veneers. There is also a chance of bonding separating from the tooth.
In addition to the cosmetic dentistry options discussed here, there are many other procedures that are available in cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening and gum reshaping. Go to the Cosmetic Dentistry Guide for additional information about the best procedures to help you obtain that perfect smile once again.