The development of Dental Veneers in cosmetic dentistry has not only been extremely popular with patients, but effective as well. These custom thin shells cover the surface of the front of your tooth, and can enhance the appearance of your teeth tremendously. Dental Veneers are made of tooth colored materials such as Porcelain and Composite Resin. Whether you suffer from stained teeth or misshapen teeth, veneers create a natural looking improvement to your smile. In some cases, veneers can even serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm.
If you suffer from the following oral issues, Dental Veneers might be a great option for you:
-Teeth that have become discolored or darkened
-Teeth that have cracked or chipped
-Teeth that are misaligned or misshapen
-Veneers can close gaps and spaces between teeth
Types of Veneers
The most common materials used to create Dental Veneers are Porcelain and Composite Resin.
To help you decide which may be the right fit for you, the pros and cons of choosing either option can be found below.
Veneers made of porcelain are long lasting and very durable. They are the more expensive option of the two, but they are also more resistant to future stain or discoloration on teeth. Porcelain Veneers usually require multiple visits for the completion of the procedure. Once you a prepped during your first appointment, your tooth is trimmed down to make room for the bondage of the veneer. An impression of your tooth must be taken and then sent out to a laboratory for creation. The creation of the veneer is not overnight, and will take some time to return to the dental office. A temporary veneer will be provided to protect the area in between your scheduled appointments.
Upon your next visit, the temporary shell will be removed and you will be fitted with the permanent veneer. It is not recommended that porcelain veneers be adjusted post bonding to teeth. Your Mesa dentist will confirm that you are happy with the appearance and the comfort of your new veneer before permanently attaching to your tooth.
Porcelain veneers are durable to an extent, but they are not indestructible. Given the proper care they should have a lifespan of up to 15 years. Avoiding hard foods like ice, and never opening things with your teeth will prevent damage and increase the wearers chances of prolonged use.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite Resin Veneers do not last as long as porcelain, but they are less of an expense to patients. The process also requires less time and can be applied in one visit. This type of veneer does not need to be custom made in a laboratory.
Stains on the surfaces of our teeth can be caused by several different things that most people encounter daily. Whether it be food or drink we consume, smoking, antibiotics, trauma, or simply natural aging. Dental Veneers can help achieve that dream smile you have always wanted, or restore your teeth to what they once were before life got in the way.
It is important to take proper care of your veneers post procedure. They may begin brand new and white, but they are susceptible to future stains. It is highly recommended to avoid or limit stain causing food and drink such as coffee and red wine. As always, you must practice a proper oral hygiene routine beyond our office doors. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing often are essential in maintaining ideal oral health.
If you participate in physical activities and contact sports always utilize protection. Wearing mouth guards and helmets whenever possible will decrease your chances of impact or trauma to your mouth and face. Your smile will thank you in the long run. Utilizing a mouth guard during sleeping hours can also be a way to protect veneers. It can be hard to tell if you are grinding or clenching your teeth while you are asleep. Speak with your Mesa dentist if you think you may be doing either of those things subconsciously. Two common symptoms are jaw pain and regular head aches and pains.
If you would like to receive further information on dental veneers, schedule your consultation or appointment today. Please call Pema Dental Center in Mesa AZ at (480) 832-9199 to speak with a friendly member of our staff. If you prefer requesting and appointment online, click here.