Did you know that dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments around the world? A dental veneer is a ceramic tooth-shaped shell that is placed over the natural tooth to improve appearance by changing the shape, size, and shade of the tooth. They are usually used on the front surface of teeth. They can also be made out of a composite resin, but porcelain has been proven to last longer. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are usually placed to mask discoloration, to brighten teeth, and to improve your smile.
Veneers provide a much more traditional approach to changing a tooth’s color, size, or shape. Veneers can also mask undesirable defects, such as teeth staining, and damage due to an injury or because of a root canal. Patients with gaps between their front teeth, or teeth that are chipped or worn may also consider veneers as a viable option. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable long-term results when done properly. However, a very popular question asked is, do dental veneers ruin your teeth?
Veneers will not damage your teeth, if a cosmetic dentist with plenty of experience and proper training carries out treatment. Your dentist will fully examine your teeth and take X-rays beforehand to make sure the teeth underneath are healthy and not decayed. After a thorough exam and review of the imaging, they will be able to tell you if you are suitable for veneers. If you are not, there are alternatives such as composite veneers, bonding, orthodontic or brace treatments, teeth whitening or just teeth contouring. The most important factor is that you are informed of all the options available, as well as the risks and benefits, so that you make the right decision.