Written By Kassandra Foreman / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
A dental veneer is a porcelain or composite material that is formed to fit over the tooth. These can be used to cover teeth that have chips or cracks, or to cover gaps between teeth.
They can create the appearance of straight, healthy teeth, but there is some possibility of damage to the original tooth underneath and they are not recommended in some situations.
Permanent And Temporary Veneers
A dental veneer can be permanent or temporary and are available for adolescents and adults. They will require replacement at some point, and after years of wear they have been shown to shift or need repair.
For this reason a temporary one may be a better option for children and young adults because it can be easily replaced as they grow and their teeth change and shift.
They can be formed to cause the teeth to appear white, straight, well aligned, and cover any chips or discolorations. As they can last from 10 to 30 years they are a popular choice to improve the appearance of teeth.
The application of a veneer involves shaving down and shaping the tooth, which decreases the enamel and can risk sensitivity and even allow cavities to form easier than if there was no veneer in place. This damage to the tooth enamel is irreversible so should be done by an experienced dental professional and only as required.
A porcelain veneer will require less preparation and can be a good choice for older adults who have worn teeth, and will likely be a better fit for someone who already has thinning enamel.
Veneers are not recommended in situations where oral hygiene is already suffering or is difficult to maintain – such as large fillings where the enamel has already been thinned or there is gum disease present.
In these situations, veneers can increase teeth deterioration in some circumstances and any movement in the gums will keep the veneer from fitting correctly. This allows food to get between the veneer and the gum and creates increased gum concerns and cavities.
Veneer Risk Factors And Care
While a dental veneer can improve the appearance of a tooth, or several teeth, they do have consequences and risk factors, and will need replacement or repair at some point.
They can be a wonderful tool for some but a detrimental addition to others. For these reasons it is important to discuss with your dentist the best choice for your teeth.
Dental veneer care consists of regular brushing and flossing twice a day and routine dental exams and cleanings.
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Kassandra Foreman has been writing freelance for five years now and enjoys learning about new things to write about. When not writing she teaches yoga and meditation with a focus on health and fitness.
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