Dental Problems

Dental Veneer

Dental veneers fall under the group of cosmetic dentistry. A dental veneer is a slender layer of renewing material placed on the surface of the tooth either to protect a worn out tooth surface or to improve the aesthetics of a tooth. There are two types of material used to make a veneer, a composite type and a dental porcelain. The porcelain type is better when compared to the composite type as it is long lasting but a little expensive.

Why are veneers used?

Veneers are generally used in cases like:

  • Worn out tooth.
  • Broken or chipped tooth.
  • Uneven, irregular shaped or misaligned teeth.
  • Teeth having gaps or space in between them.
  • Discolored or stained teeth.

Advantages of Dental Veneers

The advantages of dental veneers are:

  • The appearance of the tooth looks natural.
  • Veneers are stain resistant.
  • The color of the veneer can be selected in such a manner that it makes the darker shade of the tooth appear whiter.
  • The gum tissues bear porcelain well.

Disadvantages of porcelain

The disadvantages of veneers are:

  • The process is irreversible
  • Veneers are expensive.
  • Once chipped or cracked, veneers cannot be repaired.
  • In rare cases, veneers can fall off. To prevent such a situation, avoid biting your nails, chewing on pencils, ice, or any other hard object.
  • Teeth with veneers can still be subjected to decay and sometimes covering the entire tooth with the crown.

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