Veneers are the ceramic or composite micro prostheses that are set on the front surface of teeth. Usually they are used to improve the aesthetic look of the smile. Thus, they are applied on teeth that are visible in process of smiling. They make front teeth look straight, white and have correct shape. They do not cover the whole tooth surface, only front side and cutting part. Modern dentistry makes them look exactly as natural teeth. Still they have their pros and cons, so let us observe them all.
There are two types of materials from which veneers are made:
- They are subdivided into porcelain and zirconia. Also there are orthopedic veneers made by orthodontists. Porcelain veneers can be made of pressed or non-pressed ceramics. Pressed material makes them harder, non-pressed – more aesthetic. Zirconia veneers are safer and look more natural, but they are less transparent. The choice depends of your natural enamel color.
- Composite materials. Such veneers are much easier to make. They are much less aesthetic and safe.
The advantages of veneers are:
- Long term of service. Quality veneer can serve up to 10 years.
- Resistibility to dyeing. No matter what you eat, the color remains the same.
- Maximum natural look.
- An opportunity to hide cosmetic defects of the tooth.
- Speed and simplicity of the procedure. They are made fast and set up fast.
- Although teeth are required to be grinded, there is no much tissue lost.
The disadvantages are:
- Grinding of the tooth for setting veneer. It will not be the same anymore and will always require prosthesis.
- Though veneers are hard enough, still they can get cracked. So they need careful attitude.
- The price is rather high.
- There is a list of contraindication including individual peculiarities, way of life and habits etc. Also they are not recommended for people with thin enamel on the front teeth.