What are veneers?

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You may have heard of the term veneers but often people are not clear about what it means exactly. Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry and are made up of a thin shell-like material that gets attached to the surface of the teeth to give them that natural, flawless look. Often people get veneers where they feel that their teeth are misaligned or discoloured and they want their teeth to be pleasing to the eye and to enhance their smile. Also people get veneers when their teeth do not require treatments such as orthodontistry. You will see that a lot of celebrities and bloggers will have veneers and the reason for this is because it is such a quick and easy cosmetic procedure.

Are there different types of veneers?

There are two types of veneers – porcelain and composite. Porcelain is the most popular and common choice for people who opt to get veneers. Patients are given the opportunity to carefully select the exact shade of white that they are looking for. The veneers are then moulded to the exact shape and size of the natural teeth and then placed directly onto the surface of the teeth.

Composite veneers are an alternative to porcelain veneers. They are also a fast form of cosmetic dentistry and similar to the porcelain veneer, a resin is attached to the surface of the tooth to restore the tooth’s natural shape and colour.

More recently people are opting for composite veneers as it is a quick and easy procedure which can be completed in a single appointment and also it is more natural looking than porcelain veneers.

What are the benefits of having veneers?

There are a number of benefits to getting veneers. The first and most important benefit is that it gives the patient a confidence boost. A lot of people are self conscious and do not like the shape and colour of their teeth and this may hinder them socially and make them feel uncomfortable. Veneers are a quick and easy way of fixing that and giving patients the confidence boost and satisfaction that they deserve. People have often said that having veneers has let them smile confidently again and feel more comfortable in social settings.

Another benefit of getting veneers is that they are very natural looking and therefore it is unlikely that people will notice that you have had any cosmetic dentistry performed on your teeth. Patients are able to carefully choose the shade of white that they want so that it is not too obvious and has more of a natural effect.

In addition porcelain veneers are made of a hard, durable material which means that they are unlikely to get chipped or damaged and therefore have longevity. Also they are stain resistant and more durable than other types of veneers and patients therefore are more likely to have a longer lasting effect and get more for their money. If patients take proper care of their veneers as directed by their dentist then they can ensure that their veneers last for years without any chips or cracks.

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