Have you ever wished you could improve the way your smile looks? Perhaps you’ve met someone whose smile seemed to transform overnight. Most likely, this wasn’t the work of a genie, but rather because they received veneers.
If you have chipped, cracked, broken, stained, or misshapen teeth, then we have great news for you: Veneers can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Here at Lifetime Smiles, we offer both porcelain veneers and DURAthin® veneers. Both can help rejuvenate your smile, but they do have some important differences that we’ll explain in this article.
What is the purpose of veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-like material that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They work like masks for your teeth, covering up the cosmetic issues and replacing them with a perfect smile. Although each veneer is very thin, once bonded they become quite durable and look very natural.
Although veneers cannot be used to treat more severe dental issues, they are a great option for solving the following problems:
- Chipped or worn down teeth,
- Stained teeth that can’t be helped by whitening or bleaching,
- Misshapen teeth,
- Large gaps in between your teeth.
Many people ask about how many veneers they will need, but it really depends on how many cosmetic issues you need to fix.
Veneers can be applied to all your visible teeth (the teeth that show when you smile), or simply the tooth that is chipped or misshapen. It’s helpful to know, however, they typically are not required for lower teeth.
Talk to your dentist to discuss your hopes for your smile, and they can make the best recommendation.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneer available today. Each veneer is custom-made in a dental lab to match the look of your natural smile and cover up any imperfections. Here are a few of the benefits of porcelain veneers:
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant against dark-colored beverages (i.e. dark colas, dark tea, coffee, red wine, etc) and tobacco products.
- They can last 15-20 years with proper care.
- The porcelain material will make your new smile very attractive, realistic, and natural looking.
- Porcelain veneers are customizable and can match your natural teeth in regards to size, shape, and color.
The biggest drawback with porcelain veneers is that we must remove some enamel from the front of your teeth before applying them.
This provides space for the veneers to sit flush on your teeth. It’s important for patients to realize that, because of this, receiving veneers is an irreversible process. Fortunately, most people love their veneers so this isn’t a problem.
What is a DURAthin® veneer?
Just like porcelain veneers, DURAthin® veneers look natural and will greatly improve the look of your smile. They are custom made from cerinate material to match the look and feel of your natural smile.
The main difference between a DURAthin® veneer and a porcelain veneer is thickness. As you can probably guess from the name, at 0.3mm thick, DURAthin® are thinner than their 0.5mm porcelain counterparts. This might not seem like a big deal, but there are several real advantages to their thinner size:
- Minor amounts of tooth may be removed.
- The procedure is painless and no numbing is required.
- Your teeth will look great.
- DURAthin® veneers will work best for patients whose teeth already have nice shape and color. Since they are thinner (similar thickness to a contact lens), they are not ideal for patients who need to mask color or require significant changes in tooth shape.
DURAthin® veneers are a terrific option for some patients, but they certainly aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking to improve your smile, and believe veneers are an option for you, we encourage you to schedule your appointment with Dr. Forester.
Which is right for me?
Ultimately, both DURAthin® and porcelain veneers are great options for your smile. If you want a less invasive procedure, and your teeth already have good color and shape, then you may be a candidate for DURAthin® veneers. If you want a solution that is still simple, will last a bit longer, and you don’t mind having enamel removed from your teeth, then choose porcelain veneers.
Where can I get veneers?
If you’re in or near John’s Creek, Georgia, then Lifetime Smiles is a great place to give your smile a makeover. Dr. Forester is trained, certified, and experienced to transform smiles using both DURAthin® and porcelain veneers.
We take the extra time and care required to understand our patient’s needs and wants, providing excellent smiles that can last a lifetime.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We’d love to meet you!