Cosmetic Dentistry: What are Veneers?
- Posted on: Dec 16 2015
If you aren’t exactly happy with your smile, veneers may be the cosmetic dentistry solution you have been looking for. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front surface of your teeth. As a result, all of the cosmetic flaws of your teeth are covered up, and you end up with a great smile. Veneers can restore the perfect shape back to that chipped tooth you have. They can fill gaps, smooth out uneven rows of teeth, and give a bright, white appearance to even the most stained teeth.
Typically, there are three phases involved in a veneer procedure. First, you will meet with your dentist to discuss what you want to achieve and the options available to you. Next, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to make space for the veneer. Your dentist will also take an impression of your teeth to be used in the construction of your veneers. A local anesthetic is available for this phase of the procedure. In the third phase, your dentist will bond the veneer to your tooth using a special plastic resin.
What types of Veneers are available to me?
1. Low-prep Veneers
These veneers are the thinnest option available. This means that when it comes time to shave off some enamel, your dentist will shave off a minimal amount. They are best used for minor tooth repairs. Because of their thin nature, low-prep veneers may not be able to deliver the best possible color.
2. Traditional Veneers
Traditional veneers are thicker compared to their low-prep relatives. As a result, more of each tooth’s enamel will have to be shaved off. However, they do offer some advantages. Their thickness allows for more customization in terms of shape and color. Thus, they are more suitable for serious repairs than low-prep veneers.
3. Direct-bonded Veneers
Direct-bonded veneers are arguably the least invasive of the veneer options. This is because they do not require the removal of enamel, and your existing tooth structure stays intact. The difference is that this type of veneer is not constructed of the same material as the other two. A plastic resin is used instead of the traditional porcelain. Consequently, they do not last as long and will have to be replaced more frequently.
If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, we are always available to help. Call Uptown Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry at 713-766-1493 to schedule a free consultation. We’ll walk you through which options will help you achieve the results you are looking for.