A veneer by definition is a thin sheet of material bonded to another material. In the case of dentistry, the thin material is either plastic or porcelain bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth. The tooth may be discolored, have fractures, show signs of wear, be the wrong size or shape, or be imperfect for a number of other reasons. The veneer covers the imperfection, making the tooth, or teeth look more esthetically pleasing.
Porcelain veneers are fabricated out of the mouth and then bonded to the teeth. Porcelain veneers can be thin allowing for a maximum amount of natural tooth preservation. However, if significant discoloration of the existing tooth exists, a thicker veneer might be required to hide the defect. Porcelain by nature has translucent properties which gives it a toothlike appearance and depth.
Composite Veneers (Bonding)
Composite veneers can be fabricated directly by layering composite resin material directly on the the tooth. The composite typically costs less than the porcelain option and often needs to be replaced more frequently.
Comparison of Porcelain and Composite Veneers
Multiple visits if custom shade is required
Can last 10-15 years (if well cared for)
Color is more steadfast
More esthetic (mimics enamel better)
Less time to fabricate
Can last 4-8 years (if well cared for)
More prone to discoloration
More prone to chipping and fracture
Care of Veneers and Bonding
Avoid biting into hard foods like carrots or uncut apples with the veneered teeth
Avoid opening bags or other containers with your teeth (This may sound obvious but people still do it.)
Do Brush and floss - you still have tooth exposed to the oral cavity which can still get cavities
Don't chew your fingernails
If an occlusal splint or night guard is recommended, wear it faithfully
Keep your regular recare appointments so the veneers can be checked regularly by a professional
Many people are interested in whitening or brightening their smile. It seems like we field more questions about bleaching than just about any other topic. At Trembath Dentistry we offer three different options to meet the needs of our patients:
Models made from the impressions, clear custom trays and shitening gel.
With this option, impressions are taken and whitening trays are custom made in our on-site lab. Our staff verifies the fit of the trays and demonstrates how to load the tray with whitening agent. Custom whitening trays allow the user to whiten their teeth at their own pace. It also gives the user the ability to touch up the whiteness or brightness of their smile before special occasions. Custom whitening trays are a great option for those who are willing to put in the time to wear them.
One hour whitening allows for fast, dramatic results. The system used at Trembath Dentistry has been shown to brighten smiles up to 14 shades in as little as 60 minutes. Our patients have been very pleased with the results they have achieved in such a short period of time. We give our patients the option of spending a little bit more time with the whitening agent if they want to achieve a little extra brightness to their smile.
With the permanent whitening option, minimal prep veneers are used. In other words, we use thin pieces of porcelain to cover the front side of the teeth. The process may take several appointments but the results are fantastic. With this process, not only can we brighten smiles, but we can also make cosmetic changes if desired.
In need of immediate care?
We provide emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call us at our office (303) 457-3046