Dental veneers are thin shells of resin that are customised to fit over teeth, providing an attractive and natural look. They are mainly used to fix stained, chipped, misaligned, worn down, abnormally or uneven spaced teeth. They are quicker way to solve a variety of physical and aesthetic problems. As they are permanent, one should carefully weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before they decide to get them.
Teeth become yellow or stained after years of drinking coffee, eating highly pigmented foods, smoking cigarettes. Stained enamel can be bleached at home or by the dentist, but there is a possibility that it can become stained again. If one is looking for a quicker way to whiten their smile for good, dental veneers might be a good option. Veneers are mostly stain-resistant, so one will not have to worry about discoloration or needing to have their veneers whitened.
While most of the people think of veneers as a single treatment, there are actually different types of veneers. These range from porcelain veneers to temporary cosmetic solutions like snap on veneers. Let us throw some light at the most common kinds of veneers and the pros and cons of each.
They are one of the most common treatment options and are applied and sculpted during the appointment with the dentist. They are mainly used to fix small cosmetic issues, such as cracked or chipped teeth, but they can also be used to fill small gaps between front teeth or to fix slightly crooked teeth. Composites are mostly cheaper than the porcelain veneers, and involve a shorter treatment period. The treatment can typically be completed in a single visit, although it might be a longer appointment than normal.
The flip side is that the finish often isn’t as good as one would get from porcelain veneers, and they aren’t as resistant to discolouration and staining. They can last longer by Regular polishing and good daily dental hygiene.
These are known as removable or snap on veneers. These are a relatively new solution and are sometimes called as a snap on smile. They are constructed from a hard-wearing dental resin to form a thin but strong cover which one can wear over their existing teeth to give the appearance of a lovely smile. One can perform their normal daily routine like drinking and eating and simply remove and clean them when they finished.
The dentist will take an imprint of the patient’s existing teeth and one can have a custom-made perfect smile that can be worn as needed, and it’s a great option for those unable to afford highly cosmetic treatment or who are not suitable candidates for veneers or implants. They are by no means a long-term solution for existing dental issues, despite of their low cost. If one has chipped or cracked teeth, have discolouration issues or missing multiple teeth, then proper dental work will be needed to fix the underlying problems.
Porcelain veneers are usually the most expensive option, but they are well worth the investment. They are customised for the patient’s unique set of teeth and tailored to the individual tooth colour and shape. They are resistant to staining and the best solution to more severe discolouration, cracks or chips, and they last much longer than other types of veneers. Porcelain veneers require much more initial work and some drilling and reshaping of the original teeth underneath. Repairing and replacing damaged porcelain veneers can be an expensive affair and time-consuming than other veneers.
Instant veneers lie between porcelain and composite veneers. In this case, the dentist applies a pre-made veneer to the teeth, rather than a custom made one. There are various multiple styles and shades available based on the best look for teeth, and the dentist will match the style and shade to the person’s own teeth. This treatment is fairly less expensive than porcelain veneers. The downside it that one is not getting a custom -made veneer, but for the most part the aesthetic results will be almost the same. While instant veneers are fairly stained resistant, one can’t expect the same long- term results as they would get from porcelain.