Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that attach to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They boost your smile by changing the color, shape, size, and length of your teeth. Veneers can correct worn down, chipped, or broken teeth, unwanted gaps, and discoloration that doesn’t respond to whitening treatments. You can also use veneers to correct mild misalignment and uneven or misshapen teeth.
While they are available in various forms, there are two main types of veneers; traditional and no-prep veneers. Read on to find out the difference between the two, so you can make an informed decision.
Traditional veneers are permanent and available in porcelain or composite materials. When installing traditional veneers, your dentist will first prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to ensure that they fit comfortably and look natural. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth for the fabrication of your veneers. Once ready, the veneers are bonded to your teeth using dental cement and UV light. Traditional veneers are a permanent option, and they can last for many years with proper care.
When getting traditional veneers, you can choose between two types: porcelain veneers or composite veneers. While porcelain and composite veneers have their differences, they are both aesthetically appealing.
No-prep veneers refer to veneers that need less tooth preparation for placement. Your dentist only takes an impression of your teeth to make custom veneers before bonding them to the front of your teeth. If an alteration is necessary, it is minimal as the dentist only removes a small amount of enamel. The process is painless and does not require an anesthetic unless you suffer from excess sensitivity.
No-prep veneers may be made of porcelain or composite. Below are your typical types of no-prep veneers.
No-prep veneers are convenient and less costly compared to traditional veneers.
Taking proper care of your veneers lengthens their lifespan. Practice proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. Get regular dental checkups to maintain your oral health and ensure that your veneers are in good shape.
Other ways to take care of your veneers include getting a splint or retainer if you grind your teeth at night and wearing a mouthguard when engaging in vigorous physical activity. Lastly, avoid chewing or biting hard foods and using your teeth as tools to open packages.
Conserving your natural enamel is essential in any dental restoration procedure, which calls for expertise and precision during veneer placement. Always seek the services of a dentist with experience in veneers. A professional dentist will discuss your options with you and recommend appropriate solutions depending on your oral situation.
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