What Are The Alternatives To Veneering?
Many individuals may however consider other cheaper alternatives, that provide similar, albeit not perfect results.
Tooth bleaching is a common option which can help whiten discolored teeth. It is a relatively cheaper and less time taking process. However this approach is not permanent, needs periodic renewals and does not help to correct the alignment of crooked teeth.
Microbrasion which involves erosion of the thin blemished outer layer of the tooth enamel using coarse polishing compounds, is also a permanent solution to improve the appearance of the teeth. However, it is unpredictable and may not always be successful.
Orthodontic treatments can also prove to be an effective alternative to veneers, but it is a more invasive and long drawn procedure. Esthetic tooth recontouring can also be chosen, which involves making minimal changes to the shape and structure of teeth by trimming the blunt edges and rounding off corners.
The most widely used alternative to veneering is dental bonding. Here, dental composite (white filling material) is used to mask individual cosmetic imperfections like chips, divots and stains. While this approach is less expensive and minimally intrusive, it may not provide a natural look and may not hold as long as porcelain veneers.
Does Veneering Lead To Scarring?
Scars are not of a main concern after veneer placement. Once veneers are placed, they last anywhere from 10-15 years, with proper care.
Choosing A Surgeon For A Veneering Procedure?
The straightness and whiteness of your veneers depend on the ability of the surgeon who casts your veneers. The veneers can be best made by a dental ceramist and not a regular oral surgeon.
It is important to ask your dentist his experience in performing the veneering procedure. Generally, a cosmetic dentist who has performed near a thousand surgeries will be qualified to perform your procedure.
Ask your dentist a number of questions like the required post-operative care and life of the veneers to assess whether he has adequate knowledge on the procedure.
Ensure whether your doctor is able to use the latest technological tools required for your procedure like lasers, intraoral imaging, etc.
Your surgeon should also present to you a number of options in the tooth shape, color and size.