What Are Dental Veneers?

A veneer is a thin porcelain cover that is attached to a tooth with the goal of recreating the tooth’s natural appearance. These covers are custom-made to fit the contour of a person’s tooth and provide a level of strength and resilience that is comparable to the tooth’s natural enamel. Some patients choose veneers over crowns and braces to correct minor cosmetic problems such as gaps, chips, and misalignments. While veneers have become a very popular option among patients, it is important to discuss the pros and cons of the procedure with your dentist before making any final decisions.

Pros

Stain Resistant 

The ability to resist stains and discoloration are two of the primary reasons why patients choose to undergo the veneer procedure. Over time, our natural teeth can become stained for many reasons such as the consumption of highly pigmented drinks like coffee or smoking cigarettes. While professional teeth whitening is a good option for removing stains, the results are not permanent and teeth can become stained in the future. With veneers, patients won’t have to worry about having their veneers losing their white color as they are largely stain resistant.

A Solution for Minor Cosmetic Problems

Patients whose teeth are are slightly crooked, gapped, or chipped will find that veneers may be a good option to correct their minor cosmetic problems. Since veneers are attached to the front surface of a patient’s existing tooth, they work great for hiding minor cosmetic issues. Many patients choose to use veneers to treat their minor cosmetic issues over other orthodontic procedures such as braces or crowns.

Replaces Damaged Enamel

While veneers are may not be as strong as natural teeth, they offer the benefit of not being susceptible to enamel damage. Since lost enamel does not grow back, veneers work well as a replacement for the damaged enamel of a natural tooth.

Durability

Veneers don’t require any special maintenance, and when cared for properly with regular brushing and flossing they can last anywhere between 10-20 years.

Cons

Repair & Replacement

While veneers are very durable, they are not exempt from sustaining damage. Just like a natural tooth, veneers can break or chip and in some cases, can become loose and fall out. When a veneer sustains damage, your dentist will mostly attempt to reattach the veneer but if the veneer breaks patients will have to the veneer replaced by undergoing the procedure all over again. If your veneer ever breaks or falls out, you should seek emergency dental care in Bressler, PA as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.

Irreversible

Since part of a tooth’s enamel is removed during the veneer process, it is important to note that this procedure is irreversible. Once you have undergone the procedure, you can not change your mind.

For more information about dental veneers in New Cumberland, PA, please contact American Dental Care of Harrisburg at 717-279-5242.