Veneers are a prosthetic devices,used by the cosmetic dentist. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or in most cases multiple teeth on the upper arch to create a big bright “Hollywood” type of smile makeover.
Many people have small teeth resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have malpositioned tooth/teeth that appear crooked.
Multiple veneers can close these spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, fill the black triangles between teeth caused by gum recession, provide a uniform color, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight.
Dentists also recommend using thin porcelain veneers to strengthen worn teeth.It is also applied to yellow teeth that won’t whiten. Thin veneers are an effective option for aging patients with worn dentition. In many cases, minimal to no tooth preparation is needed when using porcelain veneers.
The Pros of Veneers:
- Realistic appearance: One of the features of porcelain veneers contributing to their rising popularity is their optic properties. Porcelain is a ceramic that has many similar properties to the teeth’s natural covering, enamel. Because of this, porcelain veneers appear natural and realistic.
- Stain-resistance: Porcelain is a ceramic. and is therefore quite ”glass-like.” Its surface is extremely smooth and impervious. This makes porcelain veneers quite resistant to permanent stains. No need to worry about coffee, wine, or cigarette stains!
- Durability: Porcelain veneers are relatively long lasting – up to 15 years – compared to plastic (composite) veneers (up to seven years).
- Color versatility: The color of porcelain veneers can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
- Ease of shaping: Compared to crowns, porcelain veneers do not require extensive shaping prior to the procedure thin. Ultra thin veneers often need no shaping of the teeth.
- Improved appearance and restored confidence: Porcelain veneers can help individuals with dental flaws such as teeth that are crooked, discoloured, or have small gaps between them. Veneers dramatically change a person’s smile and, in the process, help improve self-confidence.
Although such procedures are routinely done for smile enhancement, care should be taken to keep the following in mind before going for such treatment :
- Artificiality: Although they look realistic, porcelain veneers are artificial teeth, which may be a problem for those desiring a more natural solution to their problem.
- Fragility: Although porcelain veneers are relatively tough, they are not impervious to any chipping or breaking when exposed to excessive impact or force, e.g. teeth grinding, eating hard foods, and the like. Repairing or replacing veneers then becomes an expensive endeavour.
- Permanence: When it’s done, there’s no going back.
- Teeth sensitivity: Since the veneering procedure requires the removal of enamel, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
- You may not be a candidate: If you have unhealthy teeth (for example, those with decay or active periodontal disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface, or suffer from bruxism (teeth clenching).