Boost your confidence, improve your appearance or just make it comfortable for you to laugh around people. But having a perfect smile is not that simple because, well, teeth can be very uncooperative. And that is why dentists are here to save your smile with veneers. What Is Veneers? A dentist will probably describe veneers as thin tooth-coloured materials that are custom made to fit and cover the front surface of a tooth. The simplest way to describe veneers, however, is to think about fake nails and how they fit over real nails then imagine the same for teeth. The purpose of veneers is to improve the appearance of teeth by changing either their size, colour, shape or length. Types of Dental Veneers Dental veneers are not that complicated. The types are based on the material used to make them which are basically: •Resin composite veneers •Porcelain veneers Resin composite veneers are the more conventional veneers but porcelain veneers are more popular today. This is because: i.Their appearance looks very close to natural teeth because of the ability of porcelain to reflect light better. ii.They have a strong stain- resistance capability thus making them durable. iii.They are easily accepted by the gum tissue thus present lower chances of incompatibility as well as intolerance. Though porcelain veneers present all these advantages, resin composite veneers remain a preference for some people because they’re thinner. Being thinner means the dentist will remove a thinner layer of your tooth surface to place the resin composite veneers as compared to porcelain veneers. The difference between the two types of veneers should not give you much stress though. The final decision on the better type of veneers to have on your teeth is made through further consultation with your dentist. Now you know all the basic information that you need to have about dental veneers. What you need to know next are the various ways veneers can fix your smile. Veneers can fix the following teeth issues: a)Broken or chipped teeth. b)Discoloured teeth. c)Teeth with space (gaps) between them. d)Teeth that are irregularly shaped, with uneven surfaces or misaligned. Pros and Cons of Veneers Obviously, there are other options for fixing teeth issues such as having crowns. So what is the upper hand of veneers? •Veneers require very minimal alteration to the real teeth for placement as compared to crowns thus a better option if you are conservative •Compared to crowns, veneers have a longer lifespan. When well-maintained they can last from 5 to 10 years without needing replacement. •Maintaining veneers is much easier compared to crowns as they are less susceptible to staining. Before choosing veneers, there are a few important details you should consider: •Placement of veneers on teeth is an irreversible procedure. •Veneers cannot be repaired, any damage caused to them can only be fixed by replacing them •Having veneers can cause you to have a mild sensitivity to hot and cold beverages. This is due to the layer removal on the tooth surface for the placement of veneers. Veneers or Not? You don’t have to continue being uncomfortable with smiling. Everybody deserves a perfect smile. So, book your appointment at a dentist today, have your teeth fixed and get your perfect smile.
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