Have you ever admired the flashes of white teeth present in older movies? A California dentist first “invented” veneers, but they were not successful because he had not developed an adhesive that would allow them to stay on for a great length of time, and used denture adhesive.
However, they were perfect for Hollywood actors to spiff up their smile short term! Who knew?
The Evolution of Dental Veneers
Better materials for the dental veneers and better bonding techniques now allow your dentist to apply them and be satisfied that they should last 10 years or more.
Composite resins have been developed and porcelain also can be manufactured into a veneer that will look natural and feel comfortable.
Coupled with advances in bonding agents and adhesives, they are now a frequently used choice for those who wish to improve their appearance.
How to Choose Between Veneers, Crowns, or Bonding
Your dentist can present to you the pros of each of these and may recommend one over the other. You may have teeth that are discoloured, chipped, worn, or misshapen. These are perfect candidates for veneers, but the dentist might also recommend that you consider a crown or a bonding procedure.
If your teeth are generally unhealthy, weak, or don’t have enough enamel, another suggestion will be made.
If you are young and have healthy teeth, but are not quite satisfied with their look, your dentist might suggest that you wait until you have a greater need for them since they do not last a lifetime.
He or she will know which procedure will work best with your individual situation, and if you select veneers, you would have only two more trips to the dental office.
Finalizing Your Veneers
Whether you need one veneer or multiple, your dentist will first help you decide between porcelain or resin veneers.
Porcelain look more like natural teeth, and can resist stains better, but resin are thinner and require less enamel to be removed from your tooth. Remember you may need to replace one or more in the future.
The dentist will next make an impression of the teeth to create a model, which will be sent to a dental lab, and in a week or two you should be back in the dental office for application.
First it will be trimmed to perfection, your tooth prepared to accept the veneer, and it will be bonded securely. Hello new smile!