A beautiful and snow-white smile helps to make a positive impression on others and gives self-confidence. But, unfortunately, not everyone can boast of an attractive smile. Luckily, the modern medicine with newest technologies helps to get perfect teeth those, who were ashamed of smile before.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin piece of porcelain used to re-create the natural look of teeth. They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during a series of in-office procedures. The minimum thickness of veneers is 0.2-0.3 mm. With their help, it is possible to mask:
- Small chips on the teeth
- The consequences of drug treatment, for example, darkening of the enamel
- Gaps between the teeth
- Malocclusion (minor abnormalities).
Generally used as a cosmetic dental treatment, veneers are perfect for patients whose teeth are naturally yellow or have a grey cast and can’t achieve a white smile with bleaching.
Types of veneers
The classification of veneers is based on the material from which they are made. The most used are:
-ceramic veneers (porcelain) veneers, which are distinguished by the type of ceramics:
- pressed ceramics;
- alumina ceramic;
- ceramic on zirconium oxide;
- composite veneers.
Ceramic veneers are the best choice for aesthetic dental restorations. They are the most similar to natural tooth enamel. They have high strength, does not change color and is semi-transparent. The combination of these qualities makes it possible to achieve almost complete naturalness. Teeth look natural even on closer inspection. Ceramic veneers are used for both the front teeth and canines. They are resistant to chemical influences, they are not stained with food natural dyes present in tea, coffee, juices, etc . The service life of such veneers depends on specific decisions, but on average they are from 10 to 20 years or more.
Care for veneers
In order to keep your veneers looking flawless for many years, the best thing you can do is to practice proper oral hygiene. This will not only prolong the life of your veneers but also keep your mouth healthy.
There are some tips you have to follow to guarantee the success of your veneers:
Tip 1: Do not use abrasive cleaners for oral hygiene.
Tip 2: Do not grind hard objects, for example, nut shell, caramel, etc.
Tip 3: It is not recommended immediately after fixing the veneers to consume food coloring products (coffee, tea, red wine, beets, blueberries, etc.) and smoke.
Tip 4: Use toothpaste, tooth brush and thread, which the dentist recommended.
Tip 5: Choose mouthwashes without alcohol.
Tip 6: Prevent gum disease.
Tip 7: Visit dentist for frequent dental check-ups.
Tip 8: Stop smoking.
Keep in mind that veneers will need to be replaced at some time, no matter how well you take care of them. But proper oral hygiene will help veneers last as long as possible.