For many issues with the appearance of the mouth, dental veneers can prove to be an acceptable solution. They are more attractive than a hodgepodge of filling material, and rather than grinding a tooth down to a nubby post, as is done when a crown is required, a veneer is just as it sounds, a cosmetic surfacing.
Advantages to using veneers
Veneers provide a variety of benefits that make them a good treatment option. The following are some of the main reasons to consider choosing them.
1. Strongly bonded
It may seem that a veneer would not be very strong or that it might easily come loose. In reality, when a tooth is properly prepared and then etched so that the bonding medium will adhere, the bond is strong, and unless further damage is sustained veneers can last up to 15 years. The cement used to seat the covering is treated with a polymerization curing light to harden and cure it. The edges are then smoothed so there are no rough corners that could catch and cause it to pry loose.
2. Effective cosmetic fixes
Veneers are a good solution for repairing teeth with jagged bottoms due to breakage, chipping or wear. They can also be used to cosmetically even out uneven tooth length for a more pleasing smile or to create a more uniform appearance when natural teeth are irregularly shaped or misaligned. Veneers can be used to close gaps when spaces between teeth are too large and braces are not an option.
They can also be used to restore teeth that have deep stains or that are discolored due fluoridation or the use of certain antibiotics or other drugs, since the porcelain material they are made of does not stain. They can be matched to surrounding teeth or if a whiter smile is desired, the natural teeth will be whitened first, and then the porcelain will be mixed to match. In this case whitening will need to be maintained on the other teeth.
3. Minimally invasive
Rather than requiring a tooth to be drilled down to a stump and have wire posts screwed into the jaw, as is the case when preparing for a crown, a tooth just needs to have any signs of decay removed along with the surface of the tooth. That is followed by a cleaning and then roughing up the surface in preparation for the bonding process.
4. Easy maintenance
Taking care of veneers is as simple as caring for natural teeth. Good brushing with a gentle toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush removes tartar and plaque build-up and helps prevent cavities in the tooth surface where it was bonded to the veneer. Brushing should be followed with flossing. Whitening treatments should not be needed as porcelain veneers do not stain.
Whether for repair or cosmetics, dental veneers are an attractive option. There is little irritation to the gums and the strong bond makes them secure, long-lasting and easy for a patient to care for and maintain.
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