Veneers Q & A
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of enamel-like material that are placed on top of damaged teeth using dental cement. Veneers are designed to be a long-term solution, and may last as long as 20 years. Veneers are custom created for each patient according to the dimensions of their natural teeth.
What Issues Can Dental Veneers Correct?
Dental Veneers are used almost exclusively on the front teeth. Generally, these will be the most visible four teeth on the top row of the mouth and the most visible four teeth on the bottom row of the mouth. The reason for the dental veneers may vary. One popular use is for color correction. If dental teeth whitening can't resolve tooth discoloration, dental veneers may be the answer. This occurs sometimes when medications like antibiotics are the reason for the darkening of the teeth. Another common reason for the use of dental veneers is tooth cracks or chipping, as veneers can seamlessly cover and conceal these issues. Gaps between the teeth, for example a gap between the most prominent teeth on the top row, can also be eliminated through the use of well-crafted veneers.
How Are Veneers and Crowns Different?
Dental Veneers and dental crowns are often confused with each other. They are quite similar in material, as both are typically made of a porcelain or a composite resin. However, dental veneers and dental crowns are very different in construction. Veneers cover only the front of the teeth. They are extremely thin and look like slightly curved shells outside of the mouth. These shells are applied permanently to the teeth with a dental grade cement. In contrast, crowns have a slightly thicker construction and cover the entire tooth, essentially snapping into place over the top of the tooth.