The biggest purpose and task dentistry serves, is, of course, healthcare, but its role in aesthetics and cosmetics is just as – if not more – important. Some say your smile is your most important accessory, making it only natural that most people would like to maintain the widest and the brightest smile possible – but first and foremost, you need perfectly looking teeth to achieve that feature. Dental veneers are an ideal corrective measure to attain that perfect look.
Dental veneers have been around as long as the late 1920s, making them an invention almost a hundred years old (coined by a professional named Charles Pincus, who was assigned to find a method to make film actors’ teeth look brighter). The technique of etching, which is still in practice today, have been devised in 1959, by dr. Michael Buonocore, respectively. The procedure has been continuously evolving since then, incorporating new materials and reactions.
Having veneers installed can be beneficiary for those who would not like to undergo a more drastic procedure, nor have suffered significant damage done to their teeth: with the help of this new artificial coating, their dentures will be free of any visible imperfections.
Cases when dental veneers are used
It is especially useful and even recommended for those who have conditions such as fluorosis, amelogenesis, discolouration caused by the early use of tetracycline, or have had their teeth discoloured in any way or form. Installing veneers is a very lenient procedure, which involves the polishing of the surface of the teeth and the instalment of the previously prepared and designed veneers. The method is also capable of correcting other imperfections, such as filling spaces between teeth, correcting crookedness, or several small faults that can be mended with additional layers and even elongated with the help of the materials.
Different types of dental veneers
There’s various groups and kinds of veneers according to the amount of surface covered, the method of preparation (if there’s an incision involved), the amount of coverage (if the entire surface is covered, or only partially), the method of production (indirect or direct), and the type of materials used (porcelain or composite – porcelain has also several “sub-types”). Many prefer this cosmetic method compared to other ones (such as installing crowns or even implants), as it is relatively painless and is a simple procedure.