Many dental patients are discovering that dental veneers are a great way to improve their smile. Teeth that are crooked, chipped or discoloured make many people self conscious and nervous about smiling. Crowns, which cover the entire tooth, have traditionally been the only way to permanently correct unsightly teeth. But cosmetic dentists can now offer dental veneers as an alternative corrective procedure. Veneers are special coverings that are applied to the visible part of the tooth. Usually the procedure can be completed with just a few visits to a dental clinic.
Natural discoloration of the front teeth is a common problem. In many cases, standard teeth whitening treatments will not improve the appearance of these teeth. Dental veneers are easily maintained and long lasting and have become increasingly popular for patients with this problem.
Dentists work with two types of veneers: ceramic and composite. Ceramic veneers, also known as laminates, are usually made from dental porcelain. By removing small quantities of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth, the dentist can shape and fit the ceramic to make it appear and feel totally natural. During the first visit to the clinic the dentist makes an impression of the teeth needing restoration. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which makes the veneer taking care to ensure it will fit perfectly with the surrounding teeth. After checking the fit, the dentist applies the veneer using dental cement on the second visit.
Composite veneers are made from special dentistry resin that can be shaped, colour matched, and applied by the dentist in one visit. This makes them very popular for people who prefer to see instant results.
Cosmetic dentists must consider several factors when deciding if dental veneers are right for individual patients. First the teeth and gums must be healthy. Tooth decay or periodontal disease can make it difficult to get the veneers to adhere properly. Secondly the dentist must assess other factors such as whether the patient grinds or clenches their teeth. Although dental veneers are very durable under normal use, they are still not as strong as natural tooth enamel. Repetitive grinding and clenching can chip or break the veneers.
So if regular teeth whitening techniques aren’t working for you, consult your local Burnaby dentist to find out if dental veneers may be an option. You may be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to get that naturally bright, white smile back.