Are Dental Veneers the Right Solution for Your Teeth?

Posted on: August 6, 2015

Dental Veneers

Why select dental veneers to fix your teeth?

If you are considering dental veneers, there are several questions you should be taking into account as you make this decision. First, you need to know that dental veneers are one of the most innovative and versatile technologies available to solve myriad dental problems. Often, it is best to speak with a dental veneers specialist to understand all the benefits of using veneers. For a long time, porcelain veneers, as dental veneers are also called, were associated with teeth whitening. While it is true that teeth whitening is one of the things we can achieve with veneers, especially in cases where traditional teeth whitening techniques have failed, that is only one small element of what veneers can achieve.

Most people come to us with cracked, broken, or chipped teeth that can be easily fixed with veneers. Others have decay that has caused discoloration, and the forward-facing enamel has to be replaced. Dental veneers can achieve all of this in a relatively short treatment span and for much less money than many other dental remedies. So when you are considering veneers, you should take into account how long you want to be in treatment and how much you are willing to spend to have great-looking teeth. It is important also to consider how long your treatment will last. In a situation where you use dental veneers, you are putting permanent corrections to your teeth, which are placed by shaving away enamel and then cementing the veneers in their stead.

Why are dental veneers made of porcelain?

Dental veneers are nearly always made of porcelain, simply because this is the best material available to make veneers with. Porcelain is one of the few substances that have made the jump between being purely for engineering and finding a use in medicine. Titanium is another material used frequently in dentistry now since it is also biocompatible. The number one criteria any substance has to me if it is going to be used for making prosthetics is biocompatibility. Biocompatibility refers to the ability of a substance, in this case, porcelain, to be accepted by the body and allowed to fulfil the function of the device. In the case of dental veneers, porcelain is used because it is not only biocompatible but also has other qualities that make it the perfect fit. Porcelain is extremely hard, which means the veneers will last longer. At the same time, porcelain looks and feels like natural enamel, giving the repaired teeth the same look as the teeth around them. This is known as aesthetics, which is a critical component to veneers. Veneers are often used to repair front-facing teeth, so it would not work to have something like gold or titanium as the material used to make them. Finally, porcelain is not soluble. Existing in an environment constantly surrounded by saliva, it was important that the substance dissolve, which is another reason why porcelain veneers are so popular.

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