How Are Dental Veneers Made?

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Dental veneers are thin, translucent tooth-shaped shells that are placed over damaged or discolored teeth. They are attached to the front of teeth to permanently improve the appearance of the smile. Veneers can alter the shape, color, size or length of teeth to create a more appealing smile. These wafers of material are meant to mimic the shine and color of healthy teeth. Unlike natural teeth, veneers are stain resistant and not susceptible to tooth decay.

When can veneers help?

Dental veneers are used to fix a variety of smile issues, including discoloration, worn edges, gapped teeth, misalignments and misshapen teeth. Staining on teeth that does not respond to whitening is usually due to certain prescription drugs or habits like smoking and alcohol use. Excessive fluoride can also cause deep staining.

What is the process for veneer placement?

After choosing the right color and shape of veneers, the dentist will then prepare the teeth. To make room for the veneers, the dentist will then carefully remove a small layer of enamel from the front of teeth. This is so the teeth do not appear bulky once the veneers are in place. Etching the surface of the teeth also ensures a secure fit.

Once the teeth are prepared, an impression will be taken of the mouth. This mold of the teeth is sent off to the lab to create custom veneers for the patient.

What are dental veneers made of?

There are two types of dental veneers that are commonly used in modern dentistry: porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain is a strong ceramic (glass-based) material that is biocompatible and often used in the dentistry field. Porcelain veneers are very strong and are the most popular option when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Porcelain veneers are made in the lab by pouring the material into a custom-made mold.

Advantages

Porcelain veneers are more stain resistant than composite veneers and much more durable. Porcelain veneers can last about 15 years when cared for properly. These veneers have a more natural appearance, as the gradient of transparency better exemplifies the translucence of a natural tooth. The shine of porcelain veneers is also superior, as the light-reflecting quality is about the same as tooth enamel.

Disadvantages

Although they last longer, porcelain dental veneers are more expensive than composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers take at least two visits to the dentist chair to complete. These veneers also cannot be repaired; if broken, the veneer will need to be replaced.

Composite resin veneers

Composite resin veneers are a bit different than their porcelain counterparts. Resin is a strong, plastic-based material that is bonded directly to the front of teeth.

Advantages

Composite resin veneers take only one appointment to complete. These veneers are custom bonded directly to the front of the teeth. Resin veneers are also less expensive, costing almost half what porcelain veneers cost. Also, composite veneers can be easily repaired if broken.

Disadvantages

Resin is a thicker material, so it requires a bit more enamel to be removed to look natural. These composite veneers only last seven years before needing to be replaced or repaired.

Dental veneers to improve the smile

Veneers are proven to enhance the beauty of the smile. Dental veneers have been used for decades to cover imperfections and bring confidence back to patients who want to eat, speak and smile without worrying about the way their smile looks. To find out if you are a good candidate for dental veneers, call our office to set up a consultation today.

Request an appointment here: https://www.northtampadentistry.com or call North Tampa Dentistry at (813) 430-0933 for an appointment in our Tampa office.

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