Patients in Greenwood, SC ask, what are veneers?
Restorations used to cover up imperfections within the smile may vary between composite resin dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Both are great ways to address problems; such as gaps between teeth, permanent staining, and breakage. However, as with many dental situations, there is no “one size fits all” solution. Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, DMD and his team in Greenwood, SC encourage patients to take the time to learn about each and determine if porcelain veneers are more appropriate for their smile.
Many of our patients will ask their dentist, ‘what are veneers’? Veneers, sometimes referred to as dental facings, are made of ceramic and are bonded over the front of a tooth to disguise imperfections. They look just like the existing teeth and are custom made to match shape, size, and color to blend seamlessly within the smile. This ensures they are aesthetic and do not stand out as dental restorations.
Porcelain veneers are extremely strong, but they can still break. This is why patients are given instructions to avoid chewing on very hard objects; such as ice. These can break the veneers and require replacement. Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, DMD finds that patients who take good care of their smile will enjoy their porcelain veneers much longer than those who don’t.
Porcelain veneers do not require any additional care or attention than the existing teeth. They should be brushed and flossed after every meal to remove plaque, tartar, and food particles. Many patients find they forget they even have porcelain veneers over time! Others are unable to notice that patients have porcelain veneers, ensuring they are discreet yet attractive. With proper care, they can last many years and can be a wonderful investment.
If you reside in or around the area of Greenwood, SC and want to learn more about veneers, contact the team at the practice of Dr. Christopher T. Griffin, DMD today. We encourage our patients to take the time to find out more about restorations that can be used to enhance their smile while also protecting it and improving its health and wellness. Book an appointment today and find out more about veneers and other dental restorations readily available in our practice.