Dental Veneers are really thin porcelain custom-made shells to cover the front surface of a tooth to improve its appearance. These veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth using special dental cement. They change the shape, color, size, and length of the teeth.
Dental veneers are usually made from porcelain or a resin composite. Orthodontists and dentists normally prefer using a porcelain veneer over a resin composite veneer. This is because porcelain veneers are better at reflecting light, giving them the ability to best mimic real teeth. They are also more resistant to stains. On the other hand, resin composite veneers require lesser removal of the surface of the tooth as they are really thin.
Your dentist can better guide you if you wish to go for veneers and if you are an eligible candidate.
Signs That You Should Consider Getting Veneers
Sign#1- Teeth That Are Discolored
If your teeth are slightly discolored, a normal scaling or bleaching process could do the trick for you but if your teeth are intensely discolored due to root canal treatment, have stains caused due to the usage of drugs (antibiotics or others), or have excessive staining due to fluoride use, you should consider going for dental veneers. People who have large composite fillings in their teeth often end up going for veneers because the fillings discolor over a span of time.
Sign#2- Teeth Are Chipped, Cracked Worn
Most people subconsciously use their teeth for a number of tasks, like opening up bottle caps and cracking nuts open, frequently using teeth for such activities causes mini fractures in teeth which chip, crack or wear them down over time. Also people who have chipped or worn down teeth due to habits like eating excessive sugary foods, drinking or excessive smoking can go for dental veneers.
Sign#3- Teeth That Are Misaligned
If your teeth were slightly misaligned earlier and you did not really get any dental attention, it is really probable that your teeth are either uneven or irregularly shaped now. Not caring for such a problem at early stages applies irregular pressure on teeth whenever you bite or eat something, misaligning them even further. Dental veneers can be used to fix such problems.
Sign#4- Teeth That Have Gaps
If you have gaps due to cavities or misalignment of teeth, you can consider going for veneers. Especially porcelain veneers are highly effective at losing gaps between teeth and giving you a natural, healthy looking set of teeth.
Advantages Of Veneers
If you go for porcelain veneers you get a number of advantages:
- A natural tooth appearance
- They are highly stain resistant
- Your gum tissue can handle porcelain veneers well
- The color, size, shape and length of veneers can be easily adjusted to best match the rest of the teeth
However, consulting a dentist or an orthodontist is a must. They can better advise you on what procedure you should go for depending on the current condition of your teeth. They will let you know if you should get veneers or if there is a better alternative!