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Dental Veneers vs. Their Alternatives

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If you are unhappy with the appearance of one or more teeth, you have probably begun exploring your treatment options. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, one size does not fit all. Each type of treatment is usually designed for a very specific purpose, with some procedures overlapping with others in their ability to correct a variety of conditions.

The best way to determine what treatment makes the best fit for you is to take part in a consultation with us. If we determine that porcelain veneers are not an appropriate treatment choice for you, you still have a number of other treatment options available.

Dental Veneers To The Rescue

Are you self-conscious about teeth that are discolored, crooked or chipped? If so, you may want to get dental veneers to enhance your smile. Dental veneers are thin sheets that are attached to the front part of your teeth. Even if you don’t realize it, you have likely already seen many people with dental veneers. These days, most people are getting porcelain veneers. Not only are dental veneers increasingly popular, they are becoming more affordable in comparison to other types of restorations.

The two main materials available for veneers are composite and porcelain. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss this more in-depth later on in this article. No matter if you choose composite or porcelain, the dental veneer fitting process is fast and comfortable.

Patients get dental veneers for a variety of reasons, including:

* Change tooth color
* Change shape of teeth
* Improve alignment
* Repair chipped teeth
* Repair bruxism damage

Porcelain: Superior Veneer Material

Most patients prefer porcelain when it comes to dental veneers. However, the extra cost may rule out this option for some. If you can, you should likely have your veneers made from porcelain. Not only is this material more durable and long-lasting than composite, it closely matches the color of natural teeth, including translucency. Composite is less durable and is more easily damaged.

Receiving Your Porcelain Veneers

Dentists often take a somewhat different treatment approach, depending upon your individual desires and construction materials used in your veneers. If you only need a change in tooth color, the procedure is pretty basic and can be completed in only two or three office visits.

If you require more complicated procedures, like covering a chipped tooth or correcting tooth alignment, more planning and testing will be needed.

For porcelain veneers, we first take a mold of your teeth. We send this mold to a dental lab that actually creates the porcelain veneer. On your second visit, we will affix your new porcelain veneers to your teeth after removing some of the enamel. This is an important point, since enamel cannot be replaced once it has been removed. So there is no going back at this point.

Composite Veneers Procedure

Your dentist can apply your composite veneers in only one visit. They begin by roughening the surface of the tooth using a type of acid. Next, a bonding agent will be placed on the teeth. The composite material will be applied in thin layers and shaped. Next, the paste is cured using a special lamp. After you and your dentist are satisfied with the appearance and shape of the composite veneer, its surface will be carefully polished to look and feel like a natural tooth.

Teeth Whitening

If you only want to whiten your teeth, you may decide to go with a teeth whitening procedure instead of dental veneers. This is particularly true if you do not require additional alterations like covering a chipped or cracked tooth. And, of course, a teeth whitening procedure is less expensive than receiving porcelain veneers. Although there are numerous teeth whitening systems available for home use, a professional teeth whitening treatment will get your teeth brighter.

Our teeth whitening system will chemically break down stained molecules that have accumulated on your tooth enamel. We can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades.

The only real drawback of teeth whitening is that it only corrects certain stains, like ones due to tea or coffee consumption, sodas, red wine or tobacco use. Teeth whitening treatments have no impact on tetracycline stains or discoloration caused by silver dental fillings or trauma. This is when you would need dental bonding or veneers.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are somewhat similar to dental veneers in some respects. These are porcelain caps that are tailored to your individual smile, totally covering your teeth down to the gumline. We would probably need to remove a good amount of tooth structure for the proper fitting of your dental crown.

Dental crowns make an excellent treatment choice for those with significant trauma that has weakened a single tooth. However, if you are looking for mainly aesthetic improvements, dental veneers make for a less invasive treatment option.

Orthodontics

Although porcelain veneers are able to correct problems like minor misalignments, your best treatment option when you are dealing with malocclusion or severely crooked teeth is still orthodontic treatment.

Recent orthodontic innovations have led to a multitude of treatment options besides conventional metal braces. Systems like Invisalign utilize clear aligners rather than wires and brackets. This allows you to remove your orthodontics when eating or cleaning your teeth. Systems like Invisalign also provide a less obtrusive treatment choice, which is particularly popular among teens going through an awkward growth phase. Many adults also appreciate the virtual invisibility that Invisalign offers.

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If you would like to enhance your smile and further explore your treatment options, please contact the office of Dr. Arthur Glosman today to schedule a free consult.

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