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An Introduction To Dental Veneers: 3 FAQs

Regina Carlson

Dental veneers are prosthetic devices that resemble thin shells, which are bonded to a patient's teeth with the aim of correcting various cosmetic defects. Porcelain and resin composite material are the most commonly used materials in the fabrication of dental veneers. These prosthetic devices are also referred to as dental porcelain laminates in some quarters.

Discussed in this article are answers to a few common questions that first-time patients often have in relation to the use of dental veneers.

Why Veneers Over Other Prosthetic Dental Devices?

Apart from the fact that the use of dental veneers may be recommended by you professional dental practitioner, there are several other reasons why veneers are a better choice over other prosthetic dental devices such as braces. Top on the list of these reasons is that the physical appearance of veneers resembles that of natural teeth. As such, these devices are often mistaken for a patient's natural teeth and often go un-noticed. In contrast, traditional braces have brace wires that run across the surface of each tooth. As such, braces will not go un-noticed in the patient's mouth and the brace wires running all over the place are often an eyesore.

Will The Dental Insurance Plan Pay For Veneers?

The answer to this question often depends on the specific circumstances of an individual patient. However, insurance companies will seldom pay for cosmetic dental procedures including the installation of veneers. This is because cosmetic procedures are often deemed to have no significant impact on the health of an individual.  Unfortunately, this information often appears in fine print in the insurance agreement, and a large number of patients only come to realize this when they're ready for veneer installation or other cosmetic dental procedures.

However, in certain scenarios, the cost of veneer installation may be covered by the insurance service provider. For example, the insurer may pay for veneers whose installation is occasioned by an accident in which an insured patient was involved. Thus, it is important for a patient to confirm whether his/her circumstances allow for the insurer to pay for veneer installation.

Are There Possible Side Effects Of Having Veneers?

Some patients may experiences an increase in tooth sensitivity after the installation of veneers. This is because the installation process often calls for the removal of tooth enamel, thereby leaving inner parts of the tooth exposed.

For answers to further questions about dental veneers, contact a local dental clinic like Collins Dental Image


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The History of Dentistry

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved stories about the past. Whether the stories were about horses, wars, exploration or even dentistry, I loved to hear them. I find that knowing the history of something helps it to make sense and feel approachable. I know that some people have dental anxiety, and I too have suffered, but I also feel like the more you know about dental work and its history, the easier it is. This blog is dedicated to exploring the history of dentistry – What did ancient people use for fillings? How did early dentists numb their patients? Who was the first dentist? Those are just some of the questions I plan to answer here. Ready? Okay, let's dive into the history of dentistry together!