Dental veneers are very useful tools that are used in order to restore the smile of a person who has chipped teeth or gaps between the teeth. Not only do they provide a quick solution to orthodontic methods but there are also able to dramatically improve their aesthetic condition of a person's oral structure.
Dental veneers are made of two types of material, some are manufactured by using materials such as porcelain that are very durable and others are made with composite materials that may be easier to work with. The difference between the two is that those made with porcelain tend to last longer (an average of 10 to 15 years) while those made with composite materials are cheaper and can be fabricated inside a person's mouth, so composite material veneers do not require a complex manufacturing process.
The only downside with any dental veneer, whether it is made with porcelain or composite materials is that they require for the tooth to be reshaped so that they will not appear to be bulky shells which are placed on top of that natural tooth. Since they require such measure the original tooth looses its shape and will never look the same if the dental veneer is removed.
For most patients who are considering using veneers this is obviously a huge advantage. However, there is a better alternative to traditional Veneers, such alternative is referred to as Lumineers. This new type of veneer is an improved version of the original that is much thinner and stronger than its predecessors. Lumineers are able to provide the same benefits that veneers do but, one of the key differences between them is that this new and improved version does not require for the tooth to be reshaped so if a person opts to have this shell removed from the tooth that it covers the original structure will be intact at the tooth will suffer no permanent damage which would be the unfortunate case with traditional Veneers.
The best way to determine whether lumineers are the best option to achieve your restoration and cosmetic goals is to consult with your dentist to get a professional opinion regarding your oral health and tooth structure.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental works available is veneer. Dental veneer is a layer of tooth-colored material attached to and covering surface of a tooth structure. Among the many purposes of veneer are to cover visible spaces in between teeth (diastemas), repair minor imperfections like chipped or slightly crooked tooth, straighten and lengthen teeth, and treat discolored fillings or conceal stained teeth. For some, veneers are also their last resort to whiten their teeth and improve its appearance. Veneers are permanent, custom-shaped, stain proof, natural in appearance, and highly resilient and maybe these are the reasons why even several television shows like reality programs and talk shows promote this dental solution.
There are two types of dental veneers. The first is the more common type called porcelain veneer. Coming for the name itself, porcelain veneer is made of pure porcelain and it tend to last for about 10 to 15 years although porcelain is inherently brittle because once it is bonded in tooth surface, the tooth becomes strong and durable. It is also known as dental porcelain laminates. This type of veneer resists stain and mimics the light reflecting properties of teeth better compared to other type of veneer.
The second type is resin composite veneer. It is made up of two different types of material and generally, the cost to get composite veneers is cheaper because it can be fabricated inside your mouth and does not require complex manufacturing process.
Both types of veneers require your teeth to be prepared before the procedure. The preparation part is the shaping of teeth by removing some of the natural part of it to create space before bonding the material. This will cause you to lose the natural enamel or the protective layer of teeth. If ever you have to remove the veneers, it is expected that your teeth are weak and are more prone to deceay away from the fact that your teeth will never look the same.
As mentioned, dental veneers fall under cosmetic dentistry category as they provide bright "Hollywood" smile with white and beautifully aligned teeth. What's more, latest technology in veneer promises translucent ceramic quality providing a more natural look. Also, this new alternative to traditional veneers is much thinner (as thin as contact lens) and it does not require reshaping the teeth. This kind of veneer is often known as lumineers. With lumineers, the natural enamel of tooth is not lost as it covers the original structure of tooth although it may feel bulkier compared to porcelain or composite veneers. Unlike traditional veneers, they can be removed if desired. However, lumineers are ideal only for minor cosmetic adjustments like changing of teeth color, repairing chipped or damaged tooth, or extending small tooth.
In order to learn the best way to achieve that perfect set of teeth and complete oral health, it is always advisable to get a professional opinion with your dentist. Whether traditional veneers or lumineers are suitable for your teeth, it is for your dentist to find out.[Top]
Dental consumers sometimes think that a dentist who charges more may provide the best dental implant care. This attitude stems from the often-held belief that if something is expensive it is automatically better. I do not believe this logic is applicable in choosing from what and where you will obtain dental implant care.
You, the potential dental consumer, should learn what exactly you are paying for, especially when you select pricy versus affordable dental implant care. You should also acquaint yourself with facts that truly identify successful outcomes of implant dental care.
Research on the output of using specific brands of dental implants today is largely done in university environments. Most of this research is funded by the companies, which dental implants are being tested, creating a situation with obvious potential for conflict of interest. The majorities of these studies are very short in duration, and exist primarily to promote the new implant products benefactor companies are exotic to bring to the dental marketplace as soon as possible. These types of "self-serving" studies are of little value except for marketing.
When examining the costs of placing and restoring dental implants, it becomes apparent that the final cost of dental implant care by the dentist to you is determined in a very subjective manner. By subjective, I mean that the out-of-pocket expense for a dentist to purchase a dental implant, place it, and restore it, is largely limited to:
1. What the dentist elects to pay for materials.
2. Elective costs for direct and indirect forms of advertising determined upon by the dentist.
3. The dollar amount (click to Exhibit 2) that the dentist wants to charge for his or her time to complete a dental-implant-related service. This fee is essentially based upon what the dentist wants to make as profit. It is a feeling, not necessarily based upon competitive factors.
Additionally, as much an advocate I am for marketing, I believe consumers should be aware of hidden costs and other slick sale strategies beyond "hype" when responding to any ads, bait-and-switch strategies are common in all industries, including the dental implant field. You must research who is treating you, their experience, and their outcomes.
I believe the prudent consumer seeking dental implant care needs to educate themselves to make good decisions in choosing who to take care of them, now as well as in the future. Educated shopping is consumers' responsibility to themselves.[Top]