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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

On Dental Veneers

Veneers are a great way to fix a variety of cosmetic dental problems, including discolored, worn down, chipped or broken teeth, as well as those that are misaligned, irregularly shaped, or uneven. Gaps between teeth can also be closed using dental veneers.

Dental veneers—in a similar manner to the veneers that are applied to wood surfaces to change their appearance—are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin material that are bonded to the front of the teeth. This then allows the cosmetic dentist to dramatically change the outward appearance of a person’s smile without resorting to more drastic procedures.

As with any other cosmetic dental procedure, there are upsides and downsides to veneers when compared to alternatives, such as tooth bonding or crowns.

Advantages

  • The dental veneer procedure is a relatively conservative one. Unlike crowns, a lot less of the tooth’s enamel surface needs to be removed.

  • Veneers provide a much more natural tooth appearance than bonding can—especially as the resins used in tooth bonding differ slightly in color to your teeth over time.

Disadvantages

  • The veneer process is not reversible. Once you’ve undergone the procedure, you’re stuck with your veneers, and the care they require, for life.

  • Veneers are usually more expensive than composite resin bonding.

  • Veneers may not be repairable if they chip or crack.

  • Veneers are not a great option for people who tend to clench or grind their teeth.

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June 30, 2014 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Bruxism, Cavities, Children's Dental Care, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, Emergency Dentistry, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Missing Teeth, Office Technology, Oral Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry, Tooth Sensitivity, Uncategorized, White Fillings | ,

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