Dental Veneers

Even people with seemingly perfect teeth often have some type of minor complaint that they would like to have addressed. If you are self-conscious about teeth that are chipped, discolored, or crooked, then you should look into dental veneers to enhance your smile. Veneers are thin coverings that fit over the front of existing teeth. To receive dental veneers Brighton residents just need to schedule a consultation and appointment to get started.

Two basic types of veneers – composite and porcelain – are available, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. No matter what type of dental veneers you select, the placement process is fast and normally painless.

Porcelain veneers are the most durable and natural-looking, but composite is less expensive. You can have veneers placed on one tooth, or many teeth. Veneers are constructed to match the color of your existing teeth, so they blend in very well with your smile.

Some situations in which dental veneers can help include:

  • Changing tooth color
  • Changing the shape of teeth
  • Repairing chipped teeth
  • Improving alignment

Enhancing Tooth Color

Patients often choose to get dental veneers when they have yellowish or dull-colored teeth caused by lifestyle choices like drinking coffee and smoking. Certain medications can also stain teeth.

A patient may be unhappy with the results of previous teeth whitening treatments, particularly those that can be bought over-the-counter. Some patients have teeth that are too sensitive to undergo whitening treatment.

Altering Teeth Shape

Patient may perceive their teeth as being overly small or short, leading to feelings of self-consciousness. Veneers can help remodel your smile and even out differences between teeth.

Repairing Chipped Teeth

If you have small chips in a tooth, or multiple teeth, dental veneers can help.

Improving Alignment

Some people who prefer to have their teeth straightened without braces can be helped with dental veneers. Veneers can also help remove gaps between teeth, as well as correct irregular or misaligned teeth.

Dental veneers are not advised for younger people since placement usually involves the removal of healthy tooth enamel, which cannot be reversed.

Composite Veneers: Pros and Cons

One of the main advantages of composite is that it is less expensive than porcelain, but its aesthetics are less convincing. Composite is also not as durable as porcelain, lasting an average of five years. After that, stains or chips can develop.

In some cases, composite veneers can be placed without the removal of any tooth enamel. They can also make a good temporary solution for anyone who is saving up for porcelain veneers.

Porcelain Veneers: Pros and Cons

Porcelain is the most durable material used in dental veneers. Although porcelain veneers are quite thin, they can last up to 20 years. Porcelain is also highly stain-resistant and translucent, helping it to closely match the color and appearance of natural teeth.

The only real drawback to porcelain is that it costs more than composite. But the results are well worth it for the Brighton patients who can afford it.

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