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Why Zirconium Veneers Are the Best

Why Zirconium Veneers Are the Best

Dental veneers have been around since 1928, when a Hollywood movie studio asked cosmetic dentist Charles Pincus to fix and beautify the actors’ smiles. He created temporary caps that adhered to each tooth and would stay on during shooting — and that was the beginning of the veneer craze today.

Thanks to social media, celebrities aren’t the only ones clamoring for perfect teeth. Today, anyone can get a smile makeover thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry. And veneers have come a long way since those 20th-century quick-fixes, and the newest improvement — zirconium veneers — is only available from a few forward-focused dentists, like Dr. James Butler at Innovative Dental Ideas in Hilliard, Ohio. Here’s what you need to know about veneers.

Should I get veneers or some other dental treatment?

You’re unhappy with your smile and are looking for a way to improve it. Congratulations — you’ve come to the right place! At Innovative Dental Ideas, we understand that your smile reflects a lot about you and that fixing the flaws can boost your self-confidence and improve your first impressions.

Since no two smiles are alike, Dr. Butler takes time to talk with you about your chief complaints and your aesthetic goals. He also evaluates your oral health to determine whether your mouth can handle the treatments you want. Depending on what’s bothering you, you may be a good candidate for any of our cosmetic dentistry services, including:

But if your problem is misshapen teeth, gaps, cracked or chipped teeth, or discolored teeth that can’t be whitened — veneers may be your answer.

Types of veneers

Since the day veneers were invented, they’ve progressed through several iterations as dentists and researchers have worked to find the best material and application process. Today, the two most commonly used types are composite and porcelain, but zirconium veneers are the best.

Composite veneers

Rather than the thin shells most people think of when they think of veneers, composite veneers are made of a tooth-colored resin that’s applied directly to your tooth and molded or sculpted into the shape and size you want. 

Although composite veneers are quick, affordable, and reversible, they wear down quickly, stain easily, and only last about five years.

Porcelain veneers

For many years, porcelain has been the material of choice for dental veneers. Specifically, traditional veneers are made of feldspathic ceramic or lithium disilicate, which have a translucent quality. However, if your underlying tooth is darkly discolored, translucency is the last thing you want because it results in a grayish tinge to your new veneer. 

Porcelain veneers are fairly durable, but not indestructible. You can expect them to last around 8-10 years, unless you chip or break them before that. 

Zirconium veneers

Zirconium is the strongest material used in dentistry today. Originally designed for crowns on your molars where the bite force is intense, zirconium can withstand a lot of wear-and-tear. It’s also highly opaque, which means it can cover darkly colored teeth. 

Recent innovations have enabled manufacturers to create ultra-thin veneers out of zirconium without losing its durability. Dr. Butler offers zirconium veneers to our patients because they’re superior to older technologies in many ways. Here are a few of the many advantages of zirconium veneers:

If you’re ready to cover up your misshapen, cracked, or discolored teeth with ultra-durable, bright-white zirconium veneers, schedule a consultation with Dr. Butler by calling us directly or requesting your appointment online. A better — longer-lasting — smile is within your reach. 

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