Dental science has many options available when it comes to permanent solutions to various tooth and gum issues. There are corrective procedures, restorative specialties, cosmetic treatments and therapies, as well as a number of other categories relating to oral healthcare. This can also lead to confusion in regards to which solution may be right for your situation.
When it comes to veneers, they offer a number of benefits and provide a serviceable middle ground between bonding and crowns. Our doctors here at Southern Family Dental Care are very familiar with handling the veneer processes for our many patients, among other services.
The Purpose and Function of Veneers
Veneers can be used to treat numerous different issues involving your teeth. These include such instances as fixing the results of a root canal, worn or chipped teeth, disolorization which cannot be whitened using other methods, gaps, as well as multiple other conditions.
They are composed of porcelain or a resin compound, each having their own benefits and drawbacks. They are a thin shell of material which is shaped and bonded to the tooth to increase not only function but also appearance.
Cosmetic and Restorative Benefits
As mentioned earlier, there are a variety of dental appliances and accessories designed to address different needs of the patient. However, veneers offer benefits for improving both the look and function of individual or multiple teeth.
They immediately give the recipient an enhanced appeal to their smile. They also offer a number of practical applications as well. They increase the strength and integrity of the tooth in which they are placed over, as well as protecting it from decay or damage over time.
Differences Between Porcelain and Resin Compound
The specific type of veneer that you ultimately end up choosing is something that you will need to discuss and decide with one of our dental health care experts. Only after an initial consultation and exam, as well as possible x-rays and other imaging, can we offer the proper recommendation as to which type of appliance may be right for your personal needs.
As far as the distinctions between material and function, there are a few noteworthy comparisons. One would be the fact that porcelain veneers provide a more natural, light reflecting appearance than do those made from a resin compound. Porcelain also resists stains better. However, composite veneers usually require fewer visits to the dentist and less steps in the process.
The Placement Procedure
Although there are a few differences in the exact specifics of the procedure, depending on whether you go with porcelain or composite veneers, the overall process is very similar, as is the preparation aspect. Before having your new veneers placed, the dentist will shape and fit the tooth to get it ready to accept the placement. A small amount of enamel will need to be removed to create a suitable bonding surface. After that, all that is left is placing and cementing the veneer on the tooth or teeth.
If veneers sound like something that you would be interested in learning more about, our dental professionals here at Southern Family Dental Care would be glad to discuss it with you further. Simply give our office staff a call today. We can be contacted at 470-410-9774.