Also called dental veneers, these custom made tooth shells cover the frontal areas of your teeth through a process of bonding whereupon they change your teeth’s color, shape, length and/or size. You can opt for either resin or porcelain veneers but the latter are better at preventing stains and replicating the properties of natural light reflection off teeth. Resin veneers are thinner, though, and require lesser removal of your teeth surfaces.
What does porcelain veneers fix?
Here are the problem factors veneers help fix:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth that have gaps between them
- Worn down teeth
- Misaligned, mishapen or uneven teeth
The system of porcelain veneers
These popular and trusted cosmetic enhancements are highly ranked. They go back to the 1920’s when Hollywood inspired an age of perfection and beauty in actors and actresses. Porcelain veneers have gotten better ever since and, over the past 30 years, have attained excellence and life-like quality. Digital imaging systems now make the process that much faster, in keeping with the natural color and shape of patients’ teeth. They’re now capable of combos with teeth whitening and dental crown treatments to result in the best dental cosmetic alteration ever invented.
Why you may not be right for porcelain veneers:
- You must have healthy gums and teeth to even qualify for the treatment
- If you’ve been treated and cured of issues like tooth decay, root canal infection, gum disease etc. you can take up veneers. Those who have made a habit of grinding teeth or clenching jaws are not a good fit for this treatment (bruxism is an intense strain that veneers can’t handle even though they’re tough)
- It’s a permanent cosmetic enhancement so be sure you know what you want
- A layer of enamel is taken out and replaced with porcelain, so it’s not far fetched that you’ll be asked to replace veneers or choose an alternative restoration in future.
There are, however, new materials discovered to help with bruxism patients. Either way, schedule yourself for an appointment to know for certain if you’re eligible for porcelain veneers. The cost varies based on doctor and clinic, geography and newness of the materials. On average, you’re facing several hundred dollars per tooth.