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4 Questions You Might Have About Veneers

If you have seen the extent to which dental veneers can positively change the appearance of a person's smile, you may be considering having them applied to your teeth. Here are a few questions you may have about veneers, along with the answers. 

From what are dental veneers made?

Dental veneers are usually made from a plastic called resin for from porcelain. Each of these materials is tooth-colored, and their shade can be predetermined. Thus, the color of the veneers can be matched to that of your other teeth or selected to cause the teeth to appear as white as possible. 

Both porcelain and resin are durable materials, but because resin is a plastic, it wears away over time. As a result, resin veneers could eventually have to be replaced. Porcelain veneers could also require replacement, but it is most often due to natural changes in the periodontal structure instead of damage to the veneers. Larger porcelain veneers may have to be applied if the gums recede.

Are veneers permanent?

A conventional veneer is considered a permanent application. It is applied to the front portion of the tooth after a bit of the tooth's enamel has been removed. Although only a minuscule amount of enamel is removed, since the tooth material does not regenerate, a veneer must continue to cover the treated tooth. 

Another type of veneer, which is called a prepless veneer, can be removed upon request. This special type of veneer, due to its extremely thin construction, does not require the altering of any dental material before its application. 

What types of dental problems can be corrected using veneers?

Veneers can correct several different dental issues that affect the appearance of the teeth, such as dental staining, gaps, misalignment or chips. The veneers hide the blemishes of the underlying teeth instead of actually correcting them, so they are suitable for practically any cosmetic issue, even those that originate from congenital defects.

How are veneers made?

Veneers are made from an impression of your teeth. Usually, they are prepared in a dental laboratory. However, if a dental office possesses CAD/CAM technology, the veneers may be fashioned at the office. The technology takes digital images of the oral cavity and uses a computer to interpret the images. The computer then sends the information to a milling machine, which creates each veneer.

To learn more about porcelain dental veneers and how they can be used to correct your cosmetic dental issues, schedule an appointment with a local denturist.