How natural do veneers look, and what are the alternatives?
Dental veneer technology has come a long way in the past few years. Nowadays, highly advanced qualities of veneers are available that look and feel completely natural. The procedure of getting them fitted is a quick, efficient, and non-invasive solution to treat dark, stained, chipped, or unevenly spaced teeth. High quality dental veneers are long-lasting and require no special maintenance. Veneers can be made from composite material or higher grades of porcelain. Porcelain veneers are ultra thin and very natural looking.

Porcelain is a translucent material and has similar properties of reflecting light, just like natural teeth. Therefore, it is very difficult for an outside observer to distinguish between a natural tooth and a tooth with a porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are produced with great care in the laboratory. Apart from the quality of the material and workmanship, another equally important aspect is the skill and experience of the dentist who is placing the dental veneers onto the patient's teeth. A careful application will ensure that the veneers look natural and stay intact for many years without trouble.

In case of a chipped tooth, bonding is an alternative to veneers.

However, the bonded portion may not be so resilient to biting forces like a porcelain veneer. It also requires extra care compared to veneers. Another alternative to veneers can be teeth whitening. If the teeth are dark or stained, teeth whitening procedures can be conducted from time to time. But again, teeth whitening may not work in every case. If the stains on the teeth are very stubborn, they may not get removed with teeth whitening. In such a situation, the porcelain veneers would be a better option.

If the teeth are unevenly spaced, overlapping or crooked in shape, orthodontic solutions such as braces may be a good alternative. It can be a prolonged and cumbersome process to wear braces, but the solution is more permanent. Veneers are generally better for smaller corrections in the bite. Larger corrections usually require braces. Sometimes a combination of orthodontics and veneers give the best result.
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