What Exactly Are Dental Veneers?

Most people have heard of the term “veneers” when speaking of dental procedures but are not sure of their precise definition or use. Simply stated, dental veneers are just thin pieces of ivory colored porcelain that are cemented to the front surfaces of a patient’s teeth.  Veneers are useful because they can aid in solving many physical and aesthetic dental issues. It is very important to keep in mind these porcelain strips are permanent. Anyone considering veneers must consider the pros and cons of the problem immediately. They are practically stain-resistant so you will not have to be concerned about the color of your teeth in the years to come.

Slightly crooked or gapped teeth can also be helped by using veneers.  The strips are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, helping to camouflage minor orthodontic problems. Your natural teeth may still appear crooked, but nobody will know aside from you and your dentist. Remember that veneers cannot always replace treatment by an orthodontist.

Enamel on teeth is very strong but not completely indestructible. Enamel  can be worn down from vigorous tooth brushing or eaten away by highly acidic foods. This can become a cause for concern, because lost enamel doesn’t grow back. Fortunately, it can be replaced. Veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel erosion.

One large downside of veneers is they are usually very expensive. Prices vary according to location, but a single veneer will likely cost over $1,000. You also may have to deal with increased tooth sensitivity after getting veneers. Hot and cold foods can be very uncomfortable to consume right after the procedure.

Dental veneers are an excellent way to conceal damaged teeth, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons that come with the procedure. In Glenview, give the office of Dr. Scott Malik a call at (847) 724-1771 with any questions regarding veneers or any other dental issues.