Some people think of dental veneers as strictly for movie and television actors. Others associate veneers with supermodels and Reality TV stars. Actually, veneers have been used for a long time to correct common dental issues. With new veneers St George UT patients can’t help but smile.
What are Dental Veneers?
You may not notice dental veneers on the person across from you. That’s because they look exactly like natural teeth. There are two ways to make them. Porcelain veneers, also known as ceramic veneers, are the most traditional and long-lasting. Cosmetic resin veneers are a newer way to improve your smile. Either way, these materials are custom matched and custom fitted to each tooth.
Why do people get Veneers?
Veneers are used to whiten a smile that can no longer be whitened by regular care and bleaching. However, veneers can perform other roles as well. They can make crooked teeth appear straight and close gaps between teeth. Chipped or worn teeth can look whole again. Misshapen teeth can be hidden beneath these straighter, more beautiful covers.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers St George UT?
- Natural looking
- Resist stains naturally
- Reduces the amount of enamel removed (compared to cap or crown)
- Lasts a long time with proper care
How are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
The sides and front of the tooth will be gently scraped to remove a small portion of the enamel. An impression is then made to determine the size and shape of each veneer to be applied. Individual thin shells are made to fit each tooth. Once the veneers are made, Dr. Larsen fits them to each tooth individually.
Why Choose Composite Resin Veneers St George UT?
- Reduces the amount of enamel that is removed (compared to porcelain veneers)
- Possibly fewer visits to the dentist
- Easier to fix if damaged
- Cover up damaged, broken teeth
- Cover up gaps or spaces between teeth
- Repair misshapen teeth
How are Composite Resin Veneers Made?
A tooth-colored filling is prepared by Dr. Larsen. He then bonds the material to the tooth, carefully sculpting for the best fit and look. A special light hardens the composite.
Porcelain Veneers vs Composite Resin Veneers
- Porcelain veneers last longer, but cost more to repair. With more enamel gone, the tooth is no longer viable without the veneer. Furthermore, veneers can get loose over time. They are also more likely to break if pressure is applied, such as nail-biting or using your teeth to tear a package open.
- Composite resin veneers are less expensive and stand up much better to grinding or clinching. Less enamel is removed so the tooth is more natural if the veneer comes off. However, composite resin veneers do not generally last as long as porcelain veneers can.
Who can get Veneers?
Most patients are candidates for these treatments. Any tooth decay or gum disease will be addressed before going forward. Furthermore, you will need to talk to your insurance company about what reimbursement, if any, is included in your dental policy.
For more information about veneers, make an appointment with Red Door Dental. We are your full-service dentist office serving patients in St George Utah.