What are veneers?

By | October 18, 2021

Veneers are a treatment to improve the appearance of teeth . It consists of placing porcelain sheets on the front face of the teeth, improving their aesthetic appearance. Veneers give a better appearance in color and shape to the teeth. In addition, they can also occupy the spaces that are formed with the deterioration of the gums. 

People who usually opt for a veneer treatment are those who want to improve their aesthetic image, especially the color, shape and position of the teeth. However, not all people are suitable for this type of treatment. A professional should examine your case to make sure you can use them.

Veneers help aesthetically to problems derived from pyorrhea or periodontitis, but they are not a health treatment to cure these diseases.

Typically, patients who can undergo veneer treatment are those with generally good oral health. It is important to have healthy teeth and gums. It is also important to have enough tooth enamel. Without it, the veneer will not have good retention.

What types of veneers are there?

Veneers are thin sheets that are placed on the front of the teeth to improve their appearance, and can be made of two different materials: porcelain and composite.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers, when using this material, have the advantage that they resist stains very well. In addition, porcelain looks very similar to natural teeth when they are healthy and white. This also makes them reflect light in much the same way as the original teeth.

In addition, porcelain veneers can correct problems such as tooth wear, as well as cover chipped or broken pieces. They can also cover resin-rebuilt teeth that have become discolored.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers, a material made from various composite resins, have the advantage that they are reversible. The previous work with the teeth is minimal, so it does not alter them permanently. For this reason, the material can be removed and replaced.

On the other hand, they have the disadvantage that they do not mimic tooth enamel as well as porcelain teeth. In addition, since the resin is a porous material, they can stain and are susceptible to chipping or fracturing. Although its treatment is much faster and less invasive than porcelain.

Advantages of veneers

Veneers are a treatment that mainly has aesthetic purposes. However, keep in mind that they cannot solve all of them. Depending on the objective, it may be necessary to resort to treatments such as whitening or orthodontics. The advantages and problems that veneer treatment solves are:

  • Whiter smile . Veneers can hide severely stained teeth, even those where whitening treatment cannot be fully effective.
  • Recover the natural appearance of your teeth . In porcelain veneer treatments, the teeth regain their original color and the light reflection is practically the same as that of natural teeth.
  • Restore the shape of your teeth . One of the advantages of veneers is that they can hide small imperfections such as chips, cracks or small fractures in the teeth.
  • Minimally invasive treatment . Unlike most dental treatments, veneers are a treatment with which the patient will experience very little discomfort, especially with composite veneers.
  • A single treatment for various problems . Veneers allow you to solve several coexisting problems. With a single treatment, different difficulties such as slightly crooked, chipped or stained teeth can be solved.

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