Dental veneers are made from a thin piece of porcelain or ceramic material formed into custom shells. These are then bonded to the front of your natural teeth to create the improved natural look. Porcelain is the material most often used, and virtually all patients report that the porcelain feels as natural as their own teeth. There are two general types of dental veneers. These are traditional dental veneers and prepless dental veneers.
Dental veneers are used generally to improve color, shape and contours. They can also be used to address and remedy discolorations, irregularly shaped teeth, worn teeth, gaps, cracks, chips, slightly crooked teeth and other damage.
When whitening alone is not enough to enhance your smile you may want to investigate other options such as dental veneers or dental bonding. These are both used to repair cracks, chips, worn enamel, or other tooth damage.
Types of Dental Veneers
With traditional dental veneers, the dentist will prepare your teeth by shaving off a thin layer of tooth enamel roughly equal to the thickness of the porcelain veneer. This tooth preparation helps it better blend in with your other teeth.
Prepless dental veneers are made to be applied without the preparation required with traditional dental veneers. Prepless veneers may be a good alternative for some patients because the procedure can be reversed in the future. If you choose to have your prepless veneers removed, your natural teeth will look like they used to before dental veneers.
Dental Bonding gets its name because material is bonded to the tooth. The procedure uses a tooth colored composite resin which is a durable plastic material. Once applied, dental bonding can be polished and shaped to match the existing teeth.
Dental bonding is considered the easiest and least expensive of the cosmetic dental procedures. Materials used in dental bonding do not last as long, and often are not as strong as other restorative procedures.
Dental veneers are an important part of a total smile makeover and can be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures. Below is an example of prepless dental veneers used in combination with a dental implant.
You will need an evaluation to determine which type of dental veneers are best. You may not be a candidate for veneers for teeth that have active decay, where there is periodontal disease, where teeth have been weakened from past decay or fracture or if you suffer from bruxism (teeth clenching).
Interested in Getting Dental Veneers?
Dr. Kidess approaches each patient with a unique perspective, which ensures that all clients receive the personalized treatment they deserve. Dr. Kidess can advise you on the best cosmetic dental procedure for your situation to ensure that your smile is beautiful and perfect again. Contact our Scottsdale dental office at (480) 991-2290.