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Choosing the right veneers is a quick way to get a beautiful smile, and is the perfect treatment to help those with teeth that are chipped, stained, or have gaps.
However, veneers are a permanent treatment, so you should take many things into consideration before having them placed.
Before you and your dentist decide that this procedure is right for you, let us give you important information about veneers, including how much they cost, how you can choose the right option for you, the problems they can fix, and more.
Dental veneers are sometimes called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers.
These are wafer-thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of our teeth to improve its appearance.
These shells are then bonded to the teeth to change their shape, color, length, and size.
Furthermore, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) describes a veneer as a thin piece of porcelain that’s used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while it also provides resilience and strength comparable to natural tooth enamel.
These custom-made “artificial teeth” not only look like the real thing, but they also serve the same purpose.
So why should we use veneers instead of braces? Well, veneers are a much less intrusive option compared to braces or crowns.
Veneers can be used to correct small misalignment or close gaps in between teeth.
People can also use veneers as a cosmetic solution to straighten their smile, improve the brightness of their teeth, and to correct issues like chips, fractures, and discoloration.
Veneers are usually used to fix teeth that have become discolored because of the following:
● Stains from drugs such as tetracycline
● Root canal treatments
● Large resin fillings
● Excessive fluoride
● Other causes
● Teeth that are broken or chipped
● Teeth that are worn down
● Teeth with gaps, to close the space between them
● Teeth that are misaligned, irregularly shaped, (for instance, ones that have bulges or craters in them) or uneven
Composite resin veneers and conventional porcelain veneers are the most commonly used materials for making these shells.
Porcelain veneers, however, are preferable for correcting issues in color or shape and can last anywhere between 10 and 20 years.
These can cost between $800 to $2,000 per tooth depending on which state you live in.
This can be a major expense for many patients, so it’s important to know that veneers will need to be replaced in the future.
It’s important to consider the shape of your face when choosing veneers.
There are four general shapes to the face, which are round, oval, heart, and square.
Each category has a corresponding tooth shape and size that help to balance out the face’s features and enhance your overall appearance.
While our faces have different features and looks, there are a few basic rules to help you choose the right veneer for you:
● Round-shaped faces work better with veneers that are more pronounced and longer
● Oval-shaped faces tend to look better with square teeth because they help widen the face and add fullness to it
● Those with heart-shaped faces will benefit from shorter and rounded veneers
● Square-shaped faces look better with rounded teeth since these will soften the defined jawlines, along with other features of the face.
In addition, porcelain veneers can be classified into 12 different styles which describe the characteristics of the smile they want to portray.
Here are the styles you can choose from:
1. Aggressive: These square-shaped shells have round lateral and central incisors with semi-straight or gently curved canines. They are most suitable for men and women who want to display a strong personality.
2. Dominant: these shells have a square shape with round central incisors, rounded the far corner of lateral incisors, and sharply pointed canines. However, the latest incisors are chipped a bit higher than the central incisors.
3. Enhanced: these have a slightly rounded edge on both lateral and central incisors, with the lateral incisors slightly lower or higher than the central incisors to give it a gull-wing appearance.
The canines are also bluntly pointed. This style is particularly popular with women who participate in beauty pageants and those who engage in photo-op sessions where perfect pearly whites are a must.
4. Focused: This is similar to the Enhanced Style, but the central incisors are square without the rounded edges.
5. Functional: This is similar to the Enhanced Style, but the canines are more pointed.
6. Hollywood: this is similar to the Aggressive Style but the lateral incisors are slightly offset or shorter than the central incisors. This is another popular porcelain veneer style among males because it provides a gorgeous set of teeth without being overly aggressive.
7. Mature: this is similar to the Aggressive Style but the canines are slightly more pointed.
8. Natural: this style is similar to the Enhanced Style but the canines are more aggressively pointed.
9. Oval: This is also similar to the Aggressive Style but all the canines and incisors have a more oval or rounded shape.
10. Softened: this is similar to the Oval Style but with a less pronounced curvature of the edges of the teeth.
11. Vigorous: this is also similar to the Aggressive Style, except the canines are more pronounced, and protrudes well into the oral cavity like a fang.
12. Youthful: this is also similar to the Oval Style except it has more pronounced and protruding canines like in the Vigorous Style.
Dental veneers can be made from resin composite materials or porcelain.
However, there is a preference for porcelain veneers since they resist stains better, and they also mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth.
Even so, you’ll need to discuss with your dentist the best choice of veneer material for you.
Porcelain veneers are a thin, custom-made shell that fits your teeth to exact measurements.
Here are the benefits of porcelain veneers:
● Gives you a natural-looking surface
● Long-lasting and strong
● Less tooth enamel to be removed compared to a cap or crown
● Don’t stain easily
Here are more reasons to get porcelain veneers.
Composite resin veneers are made from tooth-colored filling that’s bonded to the tooth. Here are the benefits to composite resin veneers:
● Cost less than porcelain veneers
● Can be easily fixed if damaged
● Less tooth enamel to be removed compared to porcelain veneers or crowns
● You might take fewer visits to the dentist because these veneers may last a lifetime
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We understand that you need someone who’s reliable, trustworthy, and understands your fears when it comes to your health.
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