In case you do not wish to have your teeth filed down so drastically, veneers are god solution. They can also be used to give your teeth a whole new look, and get rid of those worn-out teeth.
Because tooth veneers are virtually painless to apply and are also very thin so they are instantly comfortable in use, they are a popular choice to correct the look of uneven or discoloured teeth. If you are suffering from tooth erosion they can help as well, because they prevent it progressing any further. They also strengthen teeth which are prone to cracks and chips, so they are actually far more than a quick cosmetic fix. If you are suffering from very sensitive teeth, it is possible to have temporary tooth veneers fitted, to give the dentine time to recover from damage. What veneers can’t do is change a badly aligned bite or change the appearance of extremely crooked teeth.
There are three main kinds of tooth veneers available, with more being developed all the time. Your dentist will advise which one is best for you on the grounds of cost or thickness.
- Composite veneers are made of composite resins and they can be made ready to fit or they can be built up in the mouth straight on to the tooth.
- Porcelain veneers – the most commonly used generally – are made in a laboratory and then bonded onto the tooth.
- Zircon veneers are still using relatively new technology but are becoming very popular. They are very thin and are layered with a porcelain surface so they look very natural and are also very strong.
Because veneers are relatively new, it is not possible to say with any certainty how long they will last, but most manufacturers and dentists who fit veneers will say that they will last around thirty years. Of course, this relies on the continued health of the tooth beneath the veneer, so careful oral hygiene is all important.
Prices vary very much between the different types of tooth veneer and because they have unproven effect on the health of the tooth they are not generally covered by any health insurance. As with all strictly cosmetic procedures it is rarely possible to claim them on the grounds of mental anguish being caused, but this is rarely successful. You should be prepared to spend quite a lot on your veneers, but there is no need to go for the most expensive expecting them to be better than the cheaper ones, because there is no proven difference. Unlike some work such as implants and bridges, veneers can be added one at a time, so if the front teeth are most pressing for improvement, they can be done first, with teeth further back in the mouth being done later
Teeth veneers are unbelievably thin shells that are placed over your teeth and used to cover them, as well as to protect them from further damages. They can cover dark-spots, cracks or improve the strenght of your teeth and your overall appearance. Read more about dental veneers.