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Cosmetic Dentistry Pros and Cons: Veneers Placement and Dental Enamel
One of the more popular forms of cosmetic dentistry treatment is dental veneers, which are thin porcelain layers that go over the surface of dental enamel. It is helpful to have a full understanding of veneers placement before deciding on the treatment.
An overview of veneers in cosmetic dentistry
There are many benefits to dental veneers treatment and it can resolve a wide range of imperfections in a smile. The following overview of dental veneers covers what they are, the benefits and advantages and when to consider treatment as a way to achieve a more attractive smile and better oral health.
Defining dental veneers
Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain material that go over the surface of an existing tooth to repair imperfections in a person’s smile. Each dental veneer is custom-fit to the tooth on which it is placed, and the procedure to place the dental veneer, which is performed by a cosmetic dentist or another type of dentist, is safe and easy.
The pros and cons of veneers
There are cosmetic and oral health benefits to dental veneers, and they work well to repair and cover enamel that may have issues such as staining or erosion. Most patients seek veneers to improve the look of their smile. The procedure to place them is pain-free and offers a natural appearance that works for a wide range of imperfections. Dental veneers can also last for decades before needing to be replaced.
However, there are some drawbacks to veneers to consider, primarily the need to alter dental enamel on the existing tooth. To make room for the placement of the veneer, the process typically involves removing a small amount of existing enamel, although it is often less than the amount removed for placing dental crowns.
Consider dental veneers
Dental veneers are a versatile form of treatment, and since they are customized and tailored for the specific tooth on which they are placed, they treat a wide range of tooth imperfections. Here are a few of the issues dental veneers can fix:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth with small gaps
- Short teeth
Veneers work well to repair minor to moderate tooth damage, such as a chip or a crack on a tooth, stains on teeth and the effects of teeth grinding. With that said, patients do not have to have damage to consider veneers. Many patients seek this treatment as an alternative to braces or clear aligners for mild misalignments as a way to gain a straighter, more attractive smile.
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Everyone should have the enjoyment of showing off teeth they are proud of each day, and no one should have to feel insecure due to imperfections in their smile. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about veneers for cosmetic dentistry to reach out to us today for more information on how we can help.
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