Everyone wants a beautiful smile. However, when teeth are chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller than average, some people may consider getting dental veneers. When considering a veneer placement, there are several questions on every dental patient’s mind. What are dental veneers? What is the longevity or lifespan of the veneer? Can their lifespan be improved? This article will discuss the answers to these questions.
What are Dental Veneers?
One of the essential resources in dental cosmetics is dental veneers. These are shells placed in front of a person’s teeth to cover stains and other dental mishaps. Dental veneers improve the aesthetic appeal of a person’s teeth and give the individual the confidence to smile. In addition, they are used to realign, cover unsightly features and protect the teeth from mechanical damage.
Types of Veneers
Generally, veneers are wafer-thin. Hence, they are subject to wear and tear and other dental incidents, but some types hold up better than others. Let’s look at the different types and what you can expect.
There are three common types of veneers: porcelain dental veneer, composite dental veneer, and instant veneer.
Porcelain. The porcelain veneer is the most sought-after type. These veneers are thin shells of porcelain (a ceramic) adhered to the tooth surface. These veneers are prized for their natural appearance and durability. Initially, they are more costly than other options but rarely have to be repaired or replaced. These can last up to 15 years.
Composite. Following closely behind porcelain veneers are composite veneers which will give you great value for your money. These veneers are engineered resin affixed to the tooth surface. They are customized for each person. Although less expensive than porcelain, the resin is more likely to chip and stain over time, requiring additional attention. These veneers have a lifespan of about seven years.
Instant. Also known as removable veneers, these are the least expensive option. These veneers can be pre-fabricated or custom-made. The custom option, of course, will fit better and be more comfortable than the ready-made type but will cost more. These veneers work like a mouthguard, covering the teeth – nothing is attached to the teeth, so these veneers can be removed whenever you desire. Unfortunately, instant veneers last about 2-5 years and are the least popular with clients.
Maintaining veneers is similar to good dental hygiene with a few adjustments. First, brush twice daily and floss. Next, use a gel instead of a paste because gels are less abrasive and won’t scratch the veneer. Also, avoid tooth gels containing hydrogen peroxide or baking soda because these ingredients can damage veneer surfaces. These simple steps will preserve the structure of the veneers and keep your smile bright for a long time.
Crown Point Family Dentistry
Are you unhappy with your smile? Crown Point Family Dentistry can help. Our professional staff can recommend the best solution to meet your needs and budget, including dental veneers. Contact us today at 704-771-1355 and schedule an appointment.