5 Common Types of Dental Veneers

Mar 01, 2021

A dental veneer isbotha general and cosmetic dentistry procedure that restores the appearance of one’s smile. Missing a tooth can cause difficulty in mastication, pronunciation and also lowers your self-esteem.

Teeth whitening, dental implants, dental bonding, and Invisalign are examples of other cosmetic dental procedures carried out by dentists.

Who Qualifies to Get Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers can be the best option for people with the following:

  • Damaged, cracked, chipped, or worn-down teeth
  • Discolored teeth thathave not been responsive to traditional whitening methods
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Uneven dental or teeth with minor gaps

Types of Dental Veneers

A lot of people do not realize that there are various types of dental veneers to choose from. With advancements in technology, different types and techniques of veneers have been developed that perfectly and uniquely offer you that smile. Our dentist in Mesa, AZ, will guide you on the types. They include:

1. Composite Veneers

Composite veneers are made up of plastic or resin material. They are the cheapest type of veneers and can be installed in one visit to the dentist. These veneers can easily getrepaired if broken and last upto seven years.

A dentist installs it by applying layers of composite on your teeth then molds them into the right sizes, shapes, and lengths to fit your dental. Each layer is then hardened using a curing light, after which the composite veneers are polished.

They are mainly meant for fixing minor dentalflaws such as a discolored or chipped tooth. These veneers are for those who want affordable and quick dental appliances as opposed to crowns or porcelain.

2. Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are made up of hardened ceramic that is of high quality. They serve as a teeth whitening alternative to people whose teeth do not respond to actual bleaching or teeth whitening procedures.

This process involves the application of tiny pieces of porcelain to restore the white color of your teeth. It also strengthens the enamel. Porcelain veneers are sculpted, shaped, and color-treated to look like real teeth; thus, no one can distinguish them from your real ones.

3. Palatal Veneers

Palatal veneers defer from other types of veneers as they are placed on the back of your teeth instead of the front surface. They are mainly made from gold but can also be made from composite or porcelain.

4. Lumineer™ Veneers

They are created from a patented material called Cerinate®, Lumineers™. These types of veneers are very strong and thin, unlike other veneers. The procedure involves two visits to your dentist, where the first is for them to design and manufacture it. The second visit is the actual procedure which is painless, with no anesthesia, no needles, and no grinding. They are mainly meant for discolored teeth or fixing spaces in your teeth.Lumineer™ Veneers last for up to 20 years, just like porcelain veneers but are less expensive and can be reversed if the patient has a change of heart.

5. Temporary Veneers

Temporary veneers are used to protect your teeth before the real permanent ones are manufactured, designed, and set for placement. For patients who would want to remove their veneers, this type would be ideal.

How to Install Dental Veneers

All dental veneers installation will involve two visits at Mesa Sedation Dentistry, except for composite veneers. During the first appointment,you’ll decide on the type of veneer you want, and the dentist will create a mold of your tooth and send it to the lab to be customized. It takes two weeks for them to be manufactured. In the meantime, you can wear a temporary veneer.

On your next appointment, our specialists will first evaluate the veneers to ensure that they fit. This includes checking the shape, coloration, and fit. If you havea temporary veneer, it will be removed and your teeth thoroughly cleaned using water and pumice to remove any bacteria that may cause tooth decay. Your dentist will then place an adhesive,followed by the dental cement, and then your veneer and ensure that they perfectly fit. Light curing is done after to ensure that the veneer is perfectly attached to the tooth structure. Excess materialsare removed last, and the process is completed by polishing the veneer.

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