What Are Veneers?
A veneer is one of the best ways to cover up any imperfections in a tooth. These are thin-tooth-colored shells that attach to the surface of your teeth, and they are permanently bonded to your teeth to shield them from damage. Our dental team at Hometown Dental knows all about veneers and how they can shield your teeth from damage and decay.
A veneer can hide several cosmetic problems that can get into your teeth. These can include chipped, broken, and discolored teeth that might be too expensive for you to fix on your own. It is often cheaper to get one veneer that is covering one chipped or cracked tooth, rather than having that same tooth get covered by a crown.
Different Types Of Veneers
There are several different types of veneers that our dentists can apply to your mouth. These include traditional veneers that are typically made of porcelain and are specifically prepared to go onto one of your teeth.
We prepare the tooth for the veneer by grinding down the structure of your tooth until the veneer can fit and even removing some of your tooth. If the tooth is decayed, this is often because we want to remove as much of the decay as possible for you. For these types of veneers, the process is irreversible and does require you to be under anesthetic or sedation.
There are also no-prep veneers that only require minimal alteration and we only deal with removing some enamel, rather than getting rid of the actual tooth itself. This procedure is faster and also does not require any anesthetic.
Veneers vs Dental Implants
What is the difference between veneers and dental implants? For one thing, a veneer covers your entire tooth and acts as a cosmetic shield that hides any imperfections. A dental implant will replace the entire tooth with something that is fake, and a crown encases your entire tooth.
If you want to just cover the front of your tooth due to cosmetic damage and keep the rest of your perfectly healthy tooth intact, a veneer is your best bet. The type of dental implant that you get will depend on the health of your tooth, mouth, and your scenario.
The Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers are all about improving the look of your teeth, and they can help to shield cosmetic teeth problems from onlookers. These problems can include broken teeth, gaps, smaller than average teeth, and uneven coloring that teeth whiteners will not fix.
Plus, a veneer made from a good material, like porcelain, is able to last for a decade or more, if you care for them properly. That is why picking your veneer material is so important, because they need to be a solid investment.
If you think you need a veneer to fix a cosmetic problem, then do not hesitate to call us at Hometown Dental by using 971-287-3477. We know the best types of veneers that will work for your specific situation. Once we get them ready for you, you can get back to having a clear smile.