Dental Veneers: things to consider

They can easily cover all the range of cosmetic defects including gaps between the teeth, discoloured teeth and many others. The advances in cosmetic dentistry have made dental veneers look even better today.

“The translucent quality of today’s veneers gives a more natural look than what’s been available in the past,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist and consumer advisor and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA).

Most dental veneers are made from porcelain; this material has proven to resist stains well and has light-reflecting attributes which natural teeth have.

Veneers’ application process usually requires three visit days: first one is for general inspection and consultation to determine what exact treatment will work for you; on the second day the dentist removes a tiny amount of outer coating of your teeth (usually 1-1.5 millimeter).

“The enamel needs to be trimmed down so the tooth doesn’t look too bulky,” – Dr. Harms explains.
The imprints are then taken of your teeth and used for veneers to be custom made in a dental lab.
At the final third day, the veneers are attached to the front of your teeth with the use of special adhesive material.

The main advantages of dental veneers are:
– Because they are made of a special material that mimics natural teeth and a wide variety whiteness shades available for selection, no distinction can be made between the veneers and natural teeth.
– Veneers will not be stained be tea, coffee, wine and cigarette smoke.
– For healthy teeth, veneers are better substitute for caps (dental crowns) which require removal of your natural teeth.

The downsides of Veneers are:
– the cost from $1,000 to $2,500 per tooth and as a rule not covered by insurance.
– Once veneers are applied, your teeth may be prone to become more sensitive because of the removal of some of the enamel.

Some teeth may have dark stains or if they do not respond to whitening and veneers could be the best solution. They also recommended as a good alternative to braces and can conceal chipping, cracks, or uneven teeth.

Crowns however are advised if your teeth had been treated with fillings, had fractures or had been considerably weakened by tooth decay.

Brushing and flossing does not harm the veneers, however dentists warn not to bite your nails, chew on pencils, ice and other hard objects. Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are also needed to prevent a possible decay of the teeth with veneers.