What happens when your smile is not what you want it to be? For those who have a tooth that is chipped or cracked, or who have gaps between them, veneers may be the answer. But how does one measure whether a veneer is good and bad? The first thing to know is what a veneer is, then you can know if it would be right for you.
Why is a Veneer?
A veneer is a thin artificial covering that is applied to the front of your natural tooth. Most people rely on veneers to either correct the appearance of a chipped or cracked tooth, or to bridge a gap that might have occurred naturally or as a result of damage or injury. Veneers are also used to whiten heavily discolored teeth.
Types of Veneers
The type of veneer you and your dentist select depends on why you are getting the veneer, how long you expect the veneer to last and cost.
- Direct veneers are made of a thin composite material that is bonded directly to the tooth. Direct veneers are less expensive than other options, are easily applied in a single office visit and can last up to five years.
- Lumineer porcelain veneers are made of cerinate porcelain are very thin and easy to apply – expect about two office visits.
- Indirect (traditional) veneers are the most expensive of your choices and require a few office visits to apply, however, they do last for up to ten years.
Separating Good from the Bad
Any qualified cosmetic dentist should have experience applying veneers. If your dentist does not specialize in veneers, find another. The reason why is simple: veneers are permanent. Your dentist may have to buff and shave the surface of your tooth, removing small amounts of enamel to apply the veneer directly to the affected tooth. Remember: because part of your enamel is removed during the adhesion process, placement is irreversible. Your dentist should ensure your veneer is a high-quality product that also is the proper size and color to blend in with your remaining natural teeth. No matter how good or expensive the veneer is, it won’t matter if it is improperly attached or does not blend well with your remaining teeth.
Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Pompano Beach
A beautiful smile shines inside and out. If you are less than happy with the appearance of your teeth, you may want to consider veneers. At My Pompano Dentist, Dr. Andrew Browne has years of experience applying veneers, but also, can correct your smile with implants, bridges and crowns. If you are in the Pompano Beach area and are seeking a dentist for your whole family, Dr. Browne looks forward to working with you. Contact My Pompano Dentist by calling (954) 941-2412 or, request a consultation online for a lifetime of dental health.