Dental veneers are used to correct both tooth color and shape problems. A layer of tooth-colored material, usually porcelain or acrylic resin, is bonded to the surface of the tooth. Often an alternative to crowns, veneers are wafer-thin custom-made shells. And in most cases, dentists don’t have to removed remove much of the natural tooth to apply veneers.
Veneers are suitable for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, or are misshapen or misaligned. Typically costing less than crowns, veneers are very durable and last from five to 10 years.
Veneers create the appearance of natural teeth and gum tissue tolerates the laminates well. Since veneers come in a range of tones, patients can chose a color designed to make dark teeth appear whiter. More, veneers are stain resistant. Generally veneers are a conservative approach to altering the color and shape of a tooth without the extensive shaping and expense that crowning teeth requires.
Once veneers are applied, the process is permanent and not reversible. Also, if veneers chip or crack, they are usually not repairable. In some cases since some tooth enamel is removed for veneers, sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks may result. While there is no special care required for veneers other than normal brushing and flossing, veneers are not recommended for patients with unhealthy teeth suffering from excessive decay or periodontal disease.
Last updated: 16-Jun-05