WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are very thin, tooth-colored shells that are custom-fit and bonded to the front of the teeth. They can create a white, even and attractive smile. Commonly made of composite or porcelain, veneers make it possible to correct a variety of color and shape related tooth problems that may include:
- Spaces between the teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Dark, yellow, or stained teeth
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Small holes or pits in teeth
- Uneven or undersized teeth
ARE THERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF VENEERS?
There are two types of veneers, which include:
Porcelain veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to look exactly like the patient’s teeth. The main advantages of porcelain veneers are that they are extremely natural looking and are resistant to future staining. Additionally, there is no tooth reduction needed in the manner of composite resin, which takes up considerably more bulk and volume once applied. Two or three appointments may be required for this process.
Composite veneers are much faster and more efficient than porcelain veneers. They can be set and fixed within one visit and cost significantly less money. In fact, the composite resin used will expand and contract with natural fluctuations in tooth size, which, combined with the additional volume the resin takes up, makes it the perfect choice for repairing fractured teeth.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF PLACING PORCELAIN VENEERS?
The placement of porcelain veneers will require three appointments for the following:
- Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO VENEERS?
Sensitivity to hot and cold may occur after placement of veneers. This is caused by the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. Sensitivity is a very common residual effect that typically dissipates in one to two weeks.
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR VENEERS?
Veneers should be treated just like natural teeth. They should be brushed and flossed regularly. Porcelain or composite veneers will not be damaged by brushing and flossing, although using non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. With proper home care and regular dental visits, patients will experience long lasting success with their new veneers and smile.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF VENEERS?
There are several advantages and disadvantages to veneer treatment.
- Veneers are more durable
- Often do not require much removal of the natural tooth material
- Will not stain or change color
- Cost less than crowns
There are several disadvantages that should also be considered in the consultation with the dentist:
- Porcelain veneers are more costly than composite resin veneers
- Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack
- Veneer’s color may not be changed once they are in place
- Though rare, veneers may dislodge and fall off
- Teeth with veneers may still experience tooth decay
WHO MAY NOT BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR VENEERS?
The following conditions may reduce the potential for veneer treatment:
- Individuals with decay, active gum disease or weakened teeth
- Those with an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface
- Individuals who clench or grind their teeth at night
- Medline Plus
- National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- U.S. National Library of Medicine