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Veneers: Getting the Smile You Want

What’s Affiliated Dentists have to say about veneers?

We provide a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services, and veneers are a great option for several reasons.

The value of a bold, brilliant smile is tough to overstate. Self image, confidence and overall quality of life are all improved when we are comfortable with our smile.

To achieve a brilliant smile, more and more people are turning to dental veneers. Veneers are an effective way to restore a smile or to enhance it.

Veneers can help with an array of dental issues, including:

Correct chipped or worn teeth
Filling in large gaps or uneven spaces
Lightening teeth that can’t be whitened by bleaching.

But, selecting the right veneer can be difficult. In lieu of this, some people turn to whitening gels or home teeth-bleaching kits. These approaches can work but veneers provide more effective, longer lasting approach to teeth whitening.

There are two types of commonly used dental veneer: porcelain and composite.

Composite veneers are lower in cost and offer a procedure for application that often means they are fitted in just one visit. Composite veneers are hand made right in the mouth which is an unpredictable environment.  The dentist has to deal with lips, gums, saliva and patient movement, which can limit the final outcome.  Like natural teeth, composite veneers can stain and people looking to hide gaps should pursue other options.

Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent and approximately as thick as a fingernail. They are custom made in a laboratory allowing a more predictable outcome. While they are more expensive, porcelain veneers have significant advantages over their composite counterparts. Because they are fired in a vacuum furnace, there are no air bubbles in porcelain after it cools and hardens. Composite veneers often contain microscopic air bubbles which can lead to staining.

Porcelain veneers also have a high glaze, which doesn’t degrade. Composite resin does not polish to the same level and composites are also more prone breaking and will cost to have them repaired.

Caring for Veneers

Regardless of which option you choose, veneers require regular care, just like regular teeth. That means flossing is as important as ever. Flossing will help clean the margins of the veneers and prevent plaque from building up in the small transitions where the tooth structure meets the veneers. Regular oral care is very important so be sure you’re visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam.

Naturally, brushing still applies.  Veneers are almost as strong as natural teeth, but you should also avoid sudden impact stress. That means no ripping duct tape with your veneer or biting your nails, but you should not do this with your natural teeth either.

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