A Primer on Veneers

Are discolored teeth, chipped teeth, or large gaps getting between you and that smile you’ve always wanted? Then maybe it’s time to consider dental veneers. Dental veneers can Improve your smile and boost your confidence by filling in unwanted gaps, reshaping chipped or malformed teeth, even straightening minor bite alignment issues. Veneers are an effective and easy way of giving you a permanently bright and white smile.
At Bedford Dental Group we want you to know that when considering whether dental veneers are right for you, there are plenty of options for you. It’s also important to understand the pros and cons of each different type of dental veneer on the market. Then, you will be able to have a meaningful conversation with your dentist about which option will help you achieve a perfect smile.
There are 5 different types of veneers currently available:

1. Porcelain

Bedford Dental Group specializes in Porcelain Veneers (also known as traditional veneers), which are the most dependable and have been around the longest. Dentists began using procelain veneers in the 1930’s. When being fitted with porcelain veneers, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of the tooth before permanently affixing the veneer. With proper care, these veneers can last 20 years.

2. Lumineers

Lumineers are the thinnest option when it comes to dental veneers — about as thick as a contact lens. Applying Lumineers does not require grinding and is pain free for the patient. Common complaints include lumineers becoming detached, dark natural teeth casting a shadow through the thin Lumineer surface, and dissatisfaction with the thickness of the Lumineer.

3. Composite

Composite veneers (also known as bonded veneers) are a less-expensive option that does not require any grinding or reshaping of your natural teeth. They typically last five to ten years with proper care — but they can be prone to chipping and staining. The upside is that they are easy to fix.

4. Zirconia

Zirconia porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have teeth that are more severely damaged or decayed. The material is stronger than traditional porcelain and is appropriate for patients who need additional reinforcement of their natural tooth. Zirconia veneers are also able to withstand more wear and tear, making them appropriate for use on back teeth.

5. CEREC © Veneers

The CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) system allows your dentist to design and create custom veneers in-office, eliminating the need for a second appointment. They are a quick and convenient option for patients looking for an easy smile-transformation process.
The cost of dental veneers varies and patients being fitted with dental veneers should be ready to pay for this cosmetic procedure out-of-pocket. Most patients who have changed their smile with veneers consider the procedure more than a worthwhile investment. That is why it is important to educate yourself on the options and make a choice that fits with your goals and budget.
If you have any additional questions, contact Bedford Dental Group. We specialize in porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills.

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