Dental veneers have been used to create perfect-looking smiles for over a century. What was once only for Hollywood's elites, is now available to the general public. A veneer is a thin, tooth-shaped prosthetic that serves as a cover for the front of a person's tooth. It hides all the flaws behind it, and it appears to be a perfect-looking real tooth.
Issues dental veneers are used to deal with include:
There are two main kinds of veneers that are popular with dentists. These are composite and porcelain veneers. Time to take a closer look at each type in more detail.
Dentists typically make this veneer in office, so it only takes a single visit to get them. It is an excellent option for people that are looking to instantly restore their smile when they walk into the dentist's clinic.
A dentist does not usually make a porcelain veneer in office, and they typically order them from a lab. They are customized for the patient and require two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will take a digital image or an impression of the patient's mouth. They send the information to the lab, which typically takes about two weeks, to make the prosthetic and ship it back to the clinic.
Patients are typically fitted with temporary veneers while they wait for their customized prosthetics. It paints a clearer picture of what the person's smile will look like once the dentist places the permanent veneers, and the temporary substitute protects teeth that have had their enamel removed.
Composite and porcelain veneers both provide the following benefits:
The benefits of composite veneers include:
While the benefits of porcelain veneers are:
Thanks to veneers, you are only one or two dental clinic visits away from getting a set of teeth that look exactly how you want them to. Once you receive your veneers, you are free to go back to your routine, and the prosthetics do not require any additional care.
Thinking about getting veneers? Stop by our Vista office for a consultation.