Dr. Matt Holley - Saturday, January 07, 2017
Your smile is the first thing people notice about you; it’s the lasting impression you don’t have to work for. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your smile
was a beautiful, perfect smile? Today, your dentist can make that possible for you with affordable cosmetic dentistry by way of veneers. What exactly are veneers?
Well, veneers are a shell that goes over your existing tooth. They are made from two different types of material; there are porcelain veneers, and
resin veneers. Either choice offers you the opportunity of a beautifully constructed smile. Covering any kind of anomalies, veneers offer you a
solution to your problematic smile that can last for several years (WebMd, LLC, 2017).
What is the Difference Between Porcelain and Resin Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are made from porcelain while resin veneers are made from resin composite materials. Veneers a permanent, and are placed over the
tooth with a bonding agent. This bonding agent sticks to your existing tooth. However, in order for the veneer to look natural and not bulky, most
cases, the process may require the removal of some of the surface of the existing tooth. Because the surface of your existing tooth is partially
removed, take the necessary time to consider all the factors in this procedure. You should have several consultations with your dentist before
beginning the process. Speak to your loved ones and family to share thoughts on the total procedure and its benefits. Once you come to feel confident
in your decision, then you can proceed with the treatment plan (WebMd, LLC, 2017).
Once you are certain veneers are for you, it usually takes just a couple more doctor visits following your consultations. The first visit is to make
the veneers specifically customized for your teeth, and the second is to apply the veneers (WebMd, LLC, 2017).
Porcelain is a thicker material than the resin composite. Because of the difference in density, resin veneers require less removal of the surface of
your existing tooth. There are many patients that report little to no discomfort during this process. However, note, that the removal of some of
the tooth surface may cause a little sensitivity. This generally goes away in a matter of days following the procedure (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Porcelain
veneers tend to have that glistening luster that natural healthy teeth have. The resin composite material for resin veneers look great, they just
don’t shine as much as porcelain veneers do (WebMd, LLC, 2017).
What Are Some of the Reasons to Get Veneers?
If your teeth are stained, veneers can help the discoloration by using a brighter color that makes your smile priceless! The same goes for yellowing
teeth, veneers can give you bright white teeth. If your teeth are malformed veneers can hide the appearance of that. A great option for veneers,
is the fact that you can have individual teeth done versus having to get veneers on all of your teeth. You may have just one or two teeth that
do not match the rest of your teeth. You can have those two teeth covered with veneers to make a consistent, cohesive smile (WebMd, LLC, 2017).
Perhaps you do not like the way your teeth look after having braces removed, you could have veneers put on your upper teeth in the front to create
a beautiful smile. The options are plentiful when it comes to choosing veneers for your treatment plan in creating a perfect smile.
Porcelain veneers have several advantages over resin composite veneers. In addition to more luster, porcelain veneers are able can make dark, stained
teeth appear much whiter (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Porcelain veneers are also more resistant to stains than resin veneers. The material is stronger,
and porcelain is a material that the gums can tolerate well (WebMd, LLC, 2017).
While this is a wonderful, natural looking solution for a perfect smile, veneers are irreversible. Because your existing teeth must have some of the
surface partially removed for the bonding process, if you are not happy with the look of the veneers, you would not have strong or sustainable
teeth if removed. Veneers can last up to ten years, and in some cases, up to twenty years. If you are having just a couple teeth covered by veneers,
know that the veneers will not be able to match the color of your existing teeth exactly. There may be some difference. Once veneers are set in
place, they cannot be altered, so make sure you have a good idea of possible outcomes before delving into this direction for your smile solution
(WebMd, LLC, 2017).
Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley can help you come to the best decision in your smile solution at Diamond Dental Solutions.
Call for a consult today.
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