Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment that can dramatically improve one’s appearance and smile. In few cases, they also act as an alternative to expensive orthodontics treatments such as braces, Invisalign, etc. However, veneers especially provide an effective solution to chipped or cracked teeth, teeth gaps, stained teeth, and more.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are wafer-thin layers made of either composite synthetic resin or translucent porcelain material. Apart from porcelain, resin materials such as polymethyl methacrylate or acrylic polymer are most commonly used as dental veneers.
These materials are able to mimic the natural tooth color to create a strong bond with the natural tooth which will underlie the veneer. Sometimes, dental facilities make their own dental veneers, but they are more commonly custom-made in labs. This allows the veneers to fit seamlessly with the natural teeth of the patient. They enhance the overall cosmetic appearance of your mouth and correct relatively minor problems such as cracks, chips, stains, etc.
What Are the Uses for Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers can remedy a wide variety of dental problems. The most prominent of these are:
Fillings that have become stained or have an unsightly appearance.
Because of their ability to cure a variety of problems in virtually no time, some refer to veneers as “instant orthodontics.” Since they do an amazing job to improve smiles, many people who otherwise don’t have any dental problem, still consider using veneers on teeth which lie in the “smile zone.”
However, keep this in mind that veneers are an exclusively cosmetic treatment and as such, cannot cure more serious dental conditions such as underbites/overbites or jaw realignment.
Traditional Veneers and Prepless Veneers
It may also help you to know that there are mainly two types of dental veneers — the traditional and the prepless veneers. By far, most veneers applied at dental clinics and facilities are of the traditional type. While applying traditional veneers, your dentist reshapes the natural tooth, so the mounted veneer will look natural.
Prepless veneers, on the other hand, are applied immediately and you may not need additional treatments. However, these cases are rare. You will not need multiple treatments when the tooth that needs the veneer is smaller than the adjacent tooth, or when there is an existing gap between the two front teeth.
At our office, all patients will receive the highest quality aesthetic dental care. Our team of qualified staff members has been treating patients from Akron, Richfield, Sharon Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Bath and the surrounding areas for a number of years. You will enjoy the quality dental care and the friendly, personalized attention the facility provides to all its patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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