Hollywood dentist Charles Pincus developed the first dental veneers in 1928. Pincus made these cosmetic restorations to improve the smiles of celebrities for a certain role. Those veneers were only temporary and could be removed after the filming. Today, porcelain veneers are more durable and long lasting. They have been further developed to address a number of cosmetic dental issues.
Read on to learn more about veneers.
What are Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic or resin material bonded to the teeth. The process requires little or no anesthesia. Veneers are an ideal solution for changing the tooth’s color, size, or shape. They can also mask unsightly defects such as teeth stains or damage. Veneers are expected to last for several years and have shown significant longevity when properly done and cared for.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Anyone who has a full set of healthy teeth or those with the following conditions can benefit from dental veneers:
Sometimes referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers can be used to straighten teeth that are slightly crooked. This only means that you can have a perfect smile without wearing metal braces. Major misalignments, however, are better corrected by using traditional or invisible braces.
Veneers can fix irregularly shaped, pointed, or angled teeth. They can be crafted to the perfect shape to address dental irregularities.
Those with deepest dental stains can benefit from veneers. Veneers can be custom made to any shade of white so you can enjoy a bright white smile.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
Veneers are ideal for restoring minor chips and cracks. Those with substantial chipping, however, may need inlays or dental crowns.
Things to Remember
While veneers can improve several cosmetic dental problems, they are not suitable for everyone. As a small layer of enamel must be removed to place dental veneers, people with inadequate enamel, major fractures, or severe tooth decay may not be good candidates for the treatment.
Veneers are only replicas of natural teeth, not permanent replacements. Upon close inspection, you can see slight variations in the color of the teeth. This procedure, however, can enhance the appearance of your smile and boost your self-confidence.
Achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of with dental veneers. Contact your dentist and schedule a consultation.