What Exactly are Veneers Used For?

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Veneers are a thin overlay on a person’s actual, or real tooth. A thin shell of porcelain (there are some other ones) that cover your actual teeth, veneers were originally invented as far back as 1928, by California dentist, Charles Pincus. He created them for actors in a film shoot to change the appearance of teeth for the storyline of the film. Over the next few decades, more permanent concepts were created through the use of bonding, and strong adhesives to give people the appearance of better teeth than what happenstance and genetics might have provided them. 

There are some important things to know about veneers if you’re considering getting them.

Veneers are Permanent

In other words, there is no going back. You’ll always need them, once you’ve taken them. The bonding that happens after filing down a bit of each tooth will always require a thin protective “shell”, thereafter. That said, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years with good care and hygiene. 

There are Different Types of Veneers

  1. Porcelain Veneers. are the most common type of veneers, more than likely due to the consensus that they are the most natural-looking. Porcelain veneers improve common issues like gaps in teeth, crooked teeth, stained teeth, even chips. Did you know you can use veneers to replace one tooth, or even many teeth?

  2. Zirconia Veneers. They’re made of a strong ceramic material that can replace teeth with extensive decay, cracks, and chips. In addition, zirconia will last longer than other types of porcelain veneers because they’re less susceptible to damage from acidic foods and drinks. They also look extremely natural, making them ideal for anyone who wants to correct the appearance of their smile without major changes required in the dental work already present.

  3. Composite Veneers. This type of veneer is a great option for those with more significant dental work. Even more, these don’t require any modifications to your existing teeth.

  4. Resin Veneers. Resin veneers have the reputation of being the most durable veneers. They are less demanding on preparation needs when compared to porcelain veneers and also provide a similar appearance to the natural look you get with porcelain. 

Here at Wilmette Dental, it all starts with a great consultation to decide the best path forward for your needs. Maybe you need one specific tooth treated to resolve a specific issue. Other times, you may want an entire smile makeover and we can help with that. 

Veneers, as we say, have been around for almost 100 years. That’s a long time! So what are you waiting for? If you’re considering veneers for your needs, let’s get you booked for a complimentary consultation. 

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