What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers offer patients a fast, easy and cost-effective way to enhance their smile. Veneers are made of a shell-like material that is placed over your existing teeth in order to correct the following issues and more:
- Diastema – Space or gaps between biting and grinding teeth.
- Intrinsic discoloration and Extrinsic discoloration
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Minor misalignment
Sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers, these wafer-thin materials are custom made to match the color and size of your healthy existing teeth.
Dental veneers are placed on the front of the teeth to mask dental issues. They are held in place using dental cement and very strong adhesive.
Types of Dental Veneers
Dr. Stout, at Michael Stout Dentistry in east Charlotte, assists patients in making informed decisions about which type of dental veneer is right for their particular case. During your visit, the doctor will discuss all options with you.
The two most commonly used types of dental veneers are composite veneers and porcelain veneers.
Created on site, in most cases, and is the most economical choice. Even though, composite veneers cost less they still provide a great look. However, composite dental veneers may stain more often than porcelain veneers.
Created in a dental lab and typically cost more than composites. Porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant, last longer and provide a better natural look than composite veneers.
Are dental veneers common?
Yes. Much more common than they were in the past, due to affordability and durability. Composite veneers can last between 5 and 7 years, while porcelain veneers on average last 15 years.
People from all walks of life are opting for dental veneers since they are a fast long lasting solution for approving the look of your teeth.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are made of porcelain or metal and are used to correct dental issues like missing teeth. Used as an alternative to dentures, these permanent prosthetic devices are not removable. They are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth.
A dental bridge is essentially two or more dental crowns joined together then placed in the mouth to be aligned perfectly with existing teeth. Dental bridges are cemented in place and span the space where tooth loss has occurred. Your existing teeth, known as abutments, are used as an anchor for the bridge.
Veneer and Bridges: Which is right for you?
Questions related to dental veneers and bridges often come up in the same conversations, however, they serve two different functions. While dental veneers are placed over existing teeth, bridges are used to replace missing teeth like dental implants and dentures.
Who is a good candidate for dental bridges?
If you are looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss dental bridges are an option you should consider. These dental prosthetics can also be used as a preventative measure to reduce movement of other teeth in areas where teeth are missing.
Veneers and Bridges at our East Charlotte Dental Practice
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel abrasion or enamel erosion and are aesthetically pleasing at the same time.
Our Eastover Dental Practice
is conveniently located in Charlotte NC.
If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this article it may be time to see Dr. Stout. Schedule an appointment with Stout Dentistry. Give us a call today at 704.332.7737.