A dental veneer is a procedure that reconstructs or corrects teeth that have been broken, discolored or are aesthetically unsatisfactory for the patient. The material most commonly used for a veneer is porcelain, but other materials like composite resin can be used as well. The preferred porcelain veneer is a thin, almost translucent recreation or fabrication of single to multiple teeth most commonly located in the front of the mouth. For aesthetic purposes veneers are shaded on a gradient to match or compliment a patient’s current shade spectrum of teeth. Each veneer can be shade coordinated to obtain a natural appearance.
The benefit of a porcelain veneer is that they are custom-made to specifically fit each tooth. They are strong and long-lasting, with a smooth and natural translucent appearance, providing an authentic representation of teeth. Also, the porcelain does not stain easily, providing lasting aesthetic results.
In comparison the alternative material, composite resin veneers, offer some respectable attributes as well. Though they do not have the same natural translucency as porcelain veneers, composite resin veneers require less preparation, fewer visits-sometimes just one to be placed, are easier to replace and repair, and cost less than ceramic veneers comparatively. Regardless of their differences both porcelain and composite-resin veneers offer the same benefits.
Veneers offer a patient aesthetic tooth manipulation that requires no special maintenance. Standard dental hygiene like brushing and flossing will keep the appearance of either veneer type satisfactory. Also, veneers typically require minimal preparation of the teeth than a comparative procedure such as a crown or bridge. Some physical requirements may limit your options for veneers. If you have unhealthy gums and teeth preliminary steps may need to be taken to ensure successful placement of veneers. Patients who grind or clench their teeth can chip or fracture veneers after placement, constituting repair or replacement. It is best to consult with your dentist about your oral-health and compatibility for veneers, both porcelain and composite-resin.