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A Veneer is a tooth-shaped dental prosthetic that is applied to the surfaces of the front teeth to mask minor cosmetic imperfections, including cracks, chips, discoloration and unsightly gaps or minor malocclusion. Typically Veneers are made from porcelain, as it is strong and durable while maintaining the aesthetic qualities of natural tooth enamel. Dental veneers can enhance or correct your smile by concealing stains, chips, injuries, or worn and misaligned teeth. Veneers look incredibly natural, are long lasting and resistant to staining, making them one of the best cosmetic options available for patients seeking a brighter, straighter, undamaged smile.
What are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic options for people who have discolored or otherwise damaged teeth that affect the appearance of their smile. The application of veneers is minimally invasive compared to other options such as crowns. Made of ultra-thin, customized material, dental veneers are designed to slide over your teeth and are relatively easy to apply for a cosmetic dentist.
Modern dental veneers are made from one of two materials. Porcelain veneers are favored by many people because they have a very natural appearance, with a natural translucency and opalescence that closely matches natural teeth. A more modern material is a composite resin. Composite veneers can be applied directly to the teeth in very little time, are extremely durable, and can be tinted to accurately match surrounding teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
Unlike full mouth reconstruction or extensive bridgework and crowns, dental veneers can be applied quickly. New technologies are allowing dentists to scan the shape of existing teeth and to construct veneers directly in the office. This process can take as little as a single hour during one visit. Even the traditional process that involves two trips to the office takes far less time than other smile enhancement procedures like implants. This speed means the patient can return to normal life quickly without having to deal with an incomplete dental procedure for days or weeks.
In addition to the ease of application, dental veneers are very strong. Modern cements that are used to bond the veneers to the teeth cure quickly and last for a long time, and the veneer is supported by the underlying original tooth. Both porcelain and composite resin are also more resistant to staining than natural teeth, meaning the veneers could remain bright with just standard oral care and regular cleanings from our experienced staff. A new set of veneers could last for decades when cared for properly.
Dental veneers are very strong. Additionally, the veneer relies on the natural strength of the underlying tooth so that it is just as strong. Modern cements that are used to bond the veneers to the teeth cure quickly and last for a long time.
One more benefit of dental veneers is the flexibility they allow for specific dental cases. Veneers can cover a single tooth or an entire line of teeth. They can be tinted so that they blend in with the rest of the teeth in the mouth, and can then be treated just like natural teeth. In fact, many patients say they don't even notice the presence of new veneers after a few weeks. Dentists can even use veneers to correct minor misalignments of natural teeth by simply attaching the material so that the teeth appear to be straight.
To find out how our Riverside Dental team can use Dental Veneers to improve your smile, please contact our Office today.