Interested in getting dental veneers?
We all know the importance of a bright smile for a first impression. It radiates a sense of confidence and friendliness which is what many people strive for. Bright smiles however, are difficult to achieve for people with consumption habits of coffee or tea since these drinks may result in stained teeth.
Well, here is where dental veneers come in! If you’re wondering about whether to get dental veneers or what to do when they crack or simply just wondering the differences between normal-priced veneers and cheap veneers, look no further for we are here to help.
What are dental veneers?
To start off, dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve the appearance and aesthetics, for brighter smiles.
It can also be used to support weaker teeth. However, veneers are different from braces in a sense that they are bonded to the front of the teeth and can be useful in changing not just the placement of teeth, but also they’re size, shape and colour. There are mainly three kinds of dental veneers, namely: Porcelain, Direct Resin and Indirect veneers.
- Porcelain dental veneers : Even within porcelain veneers, there are many different types of porcelain that results in the strength of the veneers differing. To name a few, Feldspathic porcelain is the most aesthetic type of porcelain but it is comparably weaker and may not stand up to normal biting. Secondly, Pressed porcelain is very strong and has good aesthetics. Next, Milled porcelain is trimmed by computers from hardened blanks of porcelain. While it has brilliant strength, it is not as aesthetically-pleasing and is usually on the pricier side. Lastly, Ultra-thin, no-prep veneers are only used for improving the colour of the teeth, but due to them being so finely thin, the final colour is very opaque which may look unnatural to some.
- Direct Resin dental veneers : This is the cheapest option out of the three, usually comparably weaker and may wear off after a while, which may lead to discolouration and breaking easily.
- Indirect dental veneers : They are made with the same filling material used to make direct resin veneers but are instead made in a laboratory. They are slightly stronger but with a minimal cost difference from the porcelain veneers. They may also lead to discolouration alike direct resin veneers.
What can cause my dental veneers to crack?
As we mentioned above, dental veneers may be pretty brittle depending on the type you have opted for. Well, before going on to the steps you should follow to deal with cracks in your dental veneers, here are some reasons why your dental veneers will break and how you can avoid them.
- Dental veneers bonded incorrectly : If the veneers and the tooth structure are not perfectly attached together, it may lead to bacteria being trapped between the gaps under the dental veneers and this may result in the veneer turning to a dark-colour. The imperfect fit may also lead to plague which can result in inflammation. Bleeding gums will then follow which may result in great amounts of pain.
- Using veneers to bite on items that are too hard : Biting on hard items can result in the cracking of dental veneers, especially the case for weaker ones like porcelain veneers.
- No maintaining of oral hygiene : Without regular cleaning of areas near the dental veneers, it is very easy to have inflammation due to the trapping of bacteria since veneers are subjected to periodontal diseases just like your teeth are.
What do you do when your dental veneers crack?
If the dental veneer chips off, it is important take a look at it before doing anything to it! If your veneer is still in a complete piece, your dentist may be able to reattach it to your tooth structure. Just be sure to store it in a protective container and not break it any further.
However, if only a portion of the veneer is broken off, ensure that the remaining pieces are not sharp enough to cut any part of your inner mouth. You can put some dental wax or ask for your dentist to help make the pieces less sharp to reduce the risk of the cracked veneer cutting your mouth.
Do not worry about the condition of your tooth, since your tooth will not be broken together with your veneer. However, you might experience extra sensitivity when consuming hot or cold items, which is perfectly normal since some of your tooth’s surface is typically shaved away when the veneer is being attached.
Prices of Dental veneers
You’re probably thinking about the prices of dental veneers since there are so many variations, how do we know what are cheaper veneers and what are not?
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Is it worth it to get Dental Veneers?
Like how we mentioned above, bright smiles are important to radiate confidence and strike a good first impression. Dental veneers are a good option in enhancing your aesthetics and allowing you to be more comfortable smiling and talking around people.
While it has its cons, dental veneers have proven to be one of the most reliable treatments around. Since it is not a small investment, with the right amount of research and knowledge after the information we have provided you above, we believe you are able to make an informed choice on your own on what is best for you.
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Dr Ryan and the Vivid Dental Team wishes everyone well and that you remain safe and virus-free!