What Are Dental Veneers?

There are many cosmetic dentistry situations which arise that lend themselves to treatment with dental veneers by your dentist. One indication is for restoring teeth with discoloration that have been unaffected by the more conventional teeth bleaching approaches. Some examples of this are teeth that have severe tetracycline (an antibiotic) staining or discoloration from a previous injury to the tooth.

Another major indication is for teeth that require significant changes in their shape or contour. By placing dental veneers, small or misshapen teeth can be built up to regain a more natural appearance, spaces between teeth can be closed by making the teeth wider and teeth that are too short can be lengthened.

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

Porcelain dental veneers or composite veneers are a very popular dental care treatment option for a variety of reasons. They are one of the most conservative restorations that can be done by your dentist.

What Are The Benefits Of Veneers?
Veneers are esthetically pleasing, protect the surface of damaged teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatments, such as crowns. Other benefits of veneers include durability, an improved appearance to your smile and the need for little-to-no removal of tooth structure, compared to crowns.

How Are Veneers Placed On The Teeth?
To place the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. A mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.

Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Since veneers are so thin and there is no metal in them, the esthetic potential is very high. Veneers can be made of two different materials, either composite or porcelain.

In order to place veneers, your dentist then will shape and prepare your teeth, which involves permanently changing them by removing a small amount of natural tooth structure (usually only enamel) in order to fit the custom-made porcelain or composite restoration. You then will need to wear temporary veneers until your permanent restorations are ready to be placed. Composite veneers (direct bonding) created in your mouth by your dentist do not require you to wear temporaries. Veneers created by a dental laboratory are bonded to your teeth using different types of resin cements. You’ll leave your dentists’ office with a brand new smile.

Does Dental Insurance Pay For Dental Veneer Procedures?
As with most cosmetic dentistry treatments, dental insurance typically does not cover cosmetic dental veneers because the procedure is considered elective, similar to teeth whitening. However, other alternate treatment options, such as orthodontics to correct misaligned teeth, may be covered by some dental plans or additional cost orthodontic dental insurance plans. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements.

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