Types of Veneer in Dentistry
The types of veneers and how to keep them looking as bright as your natural beautiful teeth.
Veneers in Cosmetic Dentistry?
We live in a time where perhaps there is more of a focus and appreciation of appearance which has given rise to the popularity of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures and oral care that makes the improvement of the mouth, teeth, and smile the priority. They are not necessarily pivotal to the functioning and health of the teeth and are focused more on aesthetics, although in some cases they may also have functional benefits.
Types of Veneers in Dentistry
- Composite Veneers – One of the most common treatment choices due to their affordability and relatively short duration of the procedure, these veneers are ordinarily used in minor cases to fix small cosmetic issues. They can be applied and sculpted within a single appointment or visit. Their finish, however, is not as impressive as that of porcelain veneers. Their longevity can be enhanced through regular cleaning and diligent hygiene.
- Porcelain Veneers – Unlike their composite counterparts, these veneers are more expensive but still value for money as they offer more resistance to staining and discolouration. They are a worthwhile investment. The procedure is completed through multiple appointments.
- Instant Veneers – Far less costly than porcelain veneers but more expensive than composite veneers, these are pre-made according to a variety of styles and shades that reflect what most people consider to be desirable. They are reasonably stain-resistant with the finish lasting not quite as long as that of porcelain veneers.
- Removable Veneers – Relatively new in the field, these veneers are worn over your existing teeth. They perform the basic function of improving the aesthetics of your teeth but are not meant to be a long-term solution. The benefit is that they are inexpensive and offer the flexibility to be worn as and when they are required.
How to Look After Veneers
Though artificial, veneers still need the same level of care and attention your natural teeth receive. To make sure you get the most out of them and keep them in good standing, make sure to:
- Use a soft tooth brush
- Practice regular oral hygiene using a soft tooth brush and gentle whitening toothpaste
- Avoid food and drink that stains the teeth such as coffee and wine
- Resist grinding your teeth, as the excessive pressure can cause chipping. To prevent this from happening, an occlusal splint may be required.
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