Do you have tooth trouble? Is your dentist on your case? Are you tired of looking at an imperfect smile in the mirror? Dental veneers can be the solution to your smile problems.

Veneers are thin shells that can be attached to the front of your teeth. They are made of two materials: composite resin or porcelain.

Regardless of what caused your problem smile, veneers can help correct a variety of tooth issues. They can replace worn enamel, so your teeth aren’t see through. They can hide wear and tear, spacing caused by genetics, and unevenness. However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental veneers. If the tooth has decay or is in an area of your mouth that has gum disease, that issue needs to be resolved first. If you grind or clench your teeth or have little enamel left, veneers may not be the best option for you.

Captivating Composite Resin Veneers 

There are two kinds of composite resin veneers—indirect and direct. Indirect veneers involve having impressions taken of your teeth. A lab then fabricates them, and they’re bonded in place at another appointment. Direct composite veneers are created at the time of placement and are usually done in one dentist visit. However, the end result of these veneers depends solely on the artistry skills of your dentist. In terms of wear and tear, indirect veneers will last you longer.

Composite veneers can be easily attached to your teeth. Before they’re attached, though, the front surface of the tooth must be a bit rough for the veneer to properly bond to the enamel. Once the tooth has been roughed up, your dentist will apply a mild chemical to its surface. Before applying it, your dentist will colour match it to the rest of your teeth, so it looks natural. Composite resin veneers are applied in layers. Once a layer has been applied, a bright light is used to harden it. This process is repeated after each coat. After the last layer is hardened, your dentist will then shape and polish the veneer to fit your tooth.

The best advantage of composite resin veneers is that they’re reversible and can be replaced as needed. These veneers can also withstand a lot of pressure. However, they aren’t as stain-resistant as porcelain.

The Beauty of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers require you to spend a little bit more time in the dentist’s chair. These veneers need two dentist trips to apply. On your first visit, your dentist will need to remove some of the enamel from your teeth to make room for your new veneers. They may give you some freezing when this happens. Next, they’ll make a mold of your tooth, which is used to make the veneers. In the meantime, your dentist will fit you with temporary veneers until your porcelain ones are ready. On the second visit, the temporary ones are taken off, and your new ones are put on. Like composite resin ones, your tooth has to be somewhat rough so the veneer can stick to the enamel. Because porcelain veneers require dentists to remove some tooth enamel, this process can’t be reversed.

Porcelain veneers done by Dr. Jason Harvey are placed using a CEREC machine. Using a CEREC machine means that your appointment will be very quick, about an hour. You can be in and out and back to your daily routine in no time.

Porcelain veneers are generally the most common type. They can last anywhere between 10 and 20 years, depending on how you take care of them. Maintenance of them is minimal. You’d brush them as if they’re regular teeth. However, you do need to periodically go back to your dentist for a polish and inspection. An advantage of porcelain veneers is that they’re also stain-resistant and will look brand new even when you’ve had them for a number of years.

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Veneers are an easy solution for individuals who have gaps in their teeth, stains, or unevenness. Composite resin and porcelain veneers are both good choices, although porcelain ones do last longer and tend to keep their colour better.