Veneers in Ardmore, OK
An Intermediate Option Between Bonding and Crowns
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Veneers are a less intrusive option than crowns or braces. Veneers can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile, correcting issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips.
Veneers offer a nice intermediate option between bondings and crowns. Veneers may be best suited for individuals who want to change the shape of their teeth more than just a little bit — as is done with bonding — but not enough to require a crown.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Walnut Ranch Dental Spa can help you choose the veneer material that will work the best for you.
What are the advantages of dental veneers?
- They provide a natural, original tooth appearance
- Veneers fix cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant
- Veneers can cover stained teeth for a whiter smile
- They can protect teeth from becoming damaged
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape
- Veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative
What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?
- The process is not reversible
- Veneers are more costly than composite resin bonding, but less than crowns
- Veneers are usually not repairable should they chip or crack
- Some people with veneers become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages
- Veneers may not exactly match the exact color of your other teeth
- Teeth with veneers can still experience decay
- Veneers are not a good choice for individuals with unhealthy teeth
- Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers