If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, it is very likely that you have heard about dental veneers. In fact, many Hollywood celebrities have used dental veneers and have helped to raise their popularity.
Dental veneers are thin shells that are adhered to the front surface of your teeth. They are known as a cosmetic dental treatment because they work to improve the overall aesthetics of your smile. However, there are many other things that you probably don’t known about veneers.
To help you decide if dental veneers are the best cosmetic dental treatment for you, here are 10 interesting facts about dental veneers:
To place dental veneers, your dentist will first need to remove a tiny amount of enamel from the front of your tooth. This ensures that the veneer will fit smoothly over your tooth while maintaining a natural appearance. If needed, dental anesthetics can be used to keep you comfortable. For more information, please see our Veneer service page.
Dental veneers are highly versatile and can fix multiple dental concerns all at once. Veneers can fix: chipped, cracked, discolored, misaligned, worn, or oddly shaped teeth, as well as teeth that have gaps between them. Ideal candidates for veneers are those individuals looking to improve the look of their smile through correcting cosmetic concerns. However, to be a candidate for veneers, you must be free from tooth decay and gum disease.
The two types of veneers include traditional veneers and no-prep veneers. Traditional veneers are thicker and require the removal of more enamel to be placed. No-prep veneers, on the other hand, are ultra-thin and require minimal to no preparation. Because both types of veneers have their pros and cons, you will need to discuss these with your dentist to decide which type is best for you.
Veneers can be made from either dental composite or porcelain. Both materials are strong and can be colored appropriately to match or enhance your tooth color. Dental composite is easier and faster to place, requires less enamel alteration, and is more affordable. However, it does not last as long as porcelain. Porcelain has a highly aesthetic and natural appearance, is stain resistant, and is highly durable. Porcelain is also more expensive than composite.
Veneers are placed on the front side of your tooth. This causes them to act like a shield, protecting your teeth from the stimuli that causes tooth sensitivity. In fact, some people get dental veneers to alleviate their tooth sensitivity. Additionally, by repairing worn or broken enamel, veneers make your teeth stronger overall.
Dr. Anthony Mancino is Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey’s General and Cosmetic Dentist and has been practicing for over 25 years focusing on cosmetic and overall dental health. Dr. Mancino will artistically transform your smile, often in just two visits. Schedule a consultation today!