Aside from influencing the appearance of your smile, crooked teeth can negatively affect your self-confidence and may also be detrimental to your dental health. If your teeth are misaligned, your dentist can advise you on the best treatment option to address your concerns. This will depend on whether you require an option to improve only the appearance of your smile, or the way it functions as well.
For many patients, veneers can be one of the most safe and effective dental procedures to solve the issues associated with crooked teeth. Veneers aren’t suitable for everyone with crooked teeth, though. Let’s go into more detail about whether veneers are a good option for you below!
- How do veneers work?
- Do I need to straighten my teeth before getting veneers?
- Types of veneers
- How long do veneers last?
- Bottom line
How do veneers work?
The objective of placing veneers is to help you achieve a beautiful smile by covering damaged, discoloured or misshapen teeth. They are a wafer-thin layer of composite resin or porcelain that covers your natural teeth. Dental experts install porcelain veneers by removing the surface of the uppermost tooth by around 0.3 to 0.5 millimeters to make room for the veneer. Our highly experienced dentists at Oasis Dental are committed to minimally invasive dentistry, which means aiming to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. This allows your teeth to stay in optimal condition and provide a strong foundation for your veneers.
Before opting for this procedure, it’s important to know that there’s no need to cover all of your teeth with veneers. Our dentists recommend applying veneers only on teeth which are of concern.
Do I need to straighten my teeth before getting veneers?
Generally, people opt for orthodontics such as braces or Invisalign treatment to straighten crooked teeth. Although orthodontic treatments are highly effective for mild and severe crookedness, they need at least several months to show results. In some cases, they might take years to straighten your teeth.
Fortunately, orthodontic treatment isn’t your only option if your teeth are only slightly crooked. Veneers in this case can be the best way to improve the appearance of teeth, as they can cover up crooked teeth and make them look straighter, while simultaneously increasing your confidence. It’s important to note here that veneers won’t fix your crooked teeth, but simply hide them.
However, for severe cases, your dentist will recommend Invisalign treatment or braces to resolve the problem, as your teeth may need to be straightened before you can get veneers. This way, any functional issues associated with severely crooked teeth (such as difficulty cleaning) will be resolved while creating your dream smile.
Types of Veneers
If you want to install veneers, depending on your unique case your dentist may choose between two options. There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to composite vs. porcelain veneers.
- Natural appearance
- Extremely durable due to strong and high-quality material
- Offers custom made options
- Provides you better results compared to composite veneers
- Do not stain easily
- Installation is time-consuming
- Costs more than composite veneers
- Need full replacement in the event of damage, breakage or colour change
These veneers are made from composite resin and divided into two subgroups of veneers: indirect composite veneers and direct composite veneers.
Dentists apply direct composite veneers directly to your teeth, and the process can be completed in a single visit. On the other hand, indirect composite veneers require custom preparation in a lab before a dentist installs them in your mouth. This is why they take more time for installation.
- Requires less abrasive enamel removal
- They are repairable
- Less installation time
- More affordable than porcelain veneers
- Easy to shape
- Composite material usually requires more frequent replacement and repair
- Less durable material than porcelain
- Not suitable for all cases
How long do veneers last?
Skillfully applied porcelain veneers can last from 10 to 15 years, sometimes even longer when properly maintained. Composite resin veneers usually last for around 5 years, also depending on how you take care of them.
Veneers are quite strong and function like your real teeth, however it is important to still be careful and avoid biting onto hard foods to prevent damage. If your veneers become chipped or broken, book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to resolve the problem.
If you have mildly crooked teeth, you may be suitable for veneers which will make your teeth appear straighter, cleaner, and whiter. People suffering from severely crooked teeth can work with their dentist to create a treatment plan by first getting Invisalign and then veneers to perfect their final smile.