Dental Veneers Richmond VA Dentist

Dental veneers are also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates. They are custom-made, very thin shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance of a smile. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length and can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. But they have to be fabricated from a dental laboratory, which requires work and time. Resin veneers can be made chair side and are less cost intensive but less durable.

Reasons to Choose Porcelain Veneers:

  • Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes such as the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth.
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
  • Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
  • Less cost and not as much loss of tooth structure as with a crown preparation = conservative tooth reduction

dental veneers before and afterVeneers provide a natural esthetic appearance and boost the confidence of a patient previously unsatisfied with the teeth. In preparation for veneers about half a millimeter of the natural tooth enamel has to be removed to allow space for the thickness of the veneer. An impression of the prepared teeth is taken and a cast is prepared. These models are sent to a dental laboratory, where a skilled technician will fabricate custom veneers. Once the veneers are finished they will be permanently bonded to the natural teeth.

Little or no-prep veneers are sometimes advertised in the media as an alternative to the above described veneers. These -so called Lumineers- are veneers that are even thinner than the above described veneers. However, they don’t work in all cases, provide less stability and change the surface in extension, which can lead to gingival inflammation.

Advantages of Dental Veneers

  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

Disadvantages of Dental Veneers

  • Since a thin layer of tooth material is removed for the placement of veneers the process is not reversible. Veneers are more costly than composite resin bonding.
  • Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack.
  • Because enamel has been removed, the tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • The veneer’s color cannot be altered once in place. If a patient plans to whiten the teeth, it needs to get done before getting veneers.
  • Though unlikely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, one should not bite finger nails; chew on pencils, ice, or other hard objects; or otherwise put excessive pressure on the teeth.
  • Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, possibly necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.
  • Veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth (for example, those with decay or active gum disease), weakened teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), or for those who have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface.
  • Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack or chip.

According to the ADA veneers generally last between 5 and 10 years. After this time, the veneers would need to be replaced.

Dental veneers do not require any special care. Good oral hygiene practices as usually recommended which include brushing and flossing.

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