Dental Veneer Varieties and Differences

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Veneer advice from research with an accredited dental practice's approval on information. Differences between Veneers and the possibilities that exist in dental health and dental beautifying treatments.

Veneers – Options and Varieties

In technical terms, a veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth’s surface, used either to improve the aesthetic of a patient’s tooth/teeth, or to prevent further damage to a tooth’s surface. Veneers are manufactured from two different materials; composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer is placed directly on the tooth, built in the mouth not off site. Dental porcelain is created by a dental technician in a dental laboratory separate from the dentist’s office and the patient. Later, the dental porcelain is bonded to the tooth/teeth at the dentist’s office. Usually a dental approved cement resin such as Panavia is applied to secure the dental porcelain. Porcelain veneers are only fabricated indirectly at a dental lab and will never be manufactured at your dentist’s office.

Who invented Veneers?
Veneers were created by a California dentist named Charles Pincu. The first attempt at veneers weren’t very long lasting as they were secured using denture adhesive. In their early stages this was a positive as they were used primarily to temporarily change the appearance of actor’s teeth; obviously permanence would have been a negative.

Cost and Life-span of Veneers
With today’s drastic changes in bonding agents and improved dental techniques, veneers, no matter what the material, can last between 10 and 30 years. They are not life-time permanent though due to a variety of damaging effects from cracking, leaking, chipping, decay, discoloration, shrinking of a patient’s gum line, and even tooth grinding. It goes without saying of course that a direct injury to the mouth would also cause damage to the veneer. Veneers range in price from $1,000 to $3,000 a tooth in the U.S. as of 2011. Prices also depend upon each dentist’s specific deal with manufacturers and the area of the U.S. where they are located.

Choices in Veneers
In recent past, a patient’s only choice when needing corrective dentistry was to have a crown inserted. And most crowns were rather artificial looking and cumbersome not to mention a costly and labored procedure. Fortunately cosmetic and restorative dentistry has come a long way. In the average patient’s case, several options exist. Crowns, composite resin bonding, cosmetic contouring and sometimes orthodontics are all possible solutions, depending on the patient’s unique situation.

For less permanent restoration, non-permanent dental veneers are available. Non-permanent dental veneers are bonded to existing teeth; these are removable and reusable and are manufactured using a flexible resin material. For those DIY types out there, do-it-yourself home kits are also available for the impression-taking process, (and only this step, please leave the actual veneer making to the professionals). The final veneer(s) are made in a licensed lab and sent to the patient through the mail or via their dentist.

Do your homework it could save you a hefty amount of money. If you are wondering about longevity, porcelain veneers are more durable and stain less frequently compared to composite veneers. Research and discussion with your dentist is the best way to achieve the look you want and be guaranteed not only a price that’s comfortable to you but also a veneer you’ll be happy with – for many years to come.


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