Flawless Fronts: Are teeth veneers right for you?
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About This Quiz
Mother nature isn't always so good to us in the "perfect smile" department. Fortunately, there are a number of cosmetic dental options for correcting visible problems, and one of those options is getting veneers. How much do you know about veneers? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
What are veneers made from?
porcelain or resin composite materials
Porcelain or resin composite materials are used for both their durability and their similarity in appearance to natural teeth.
porcelain or synthetic enamel
Which of the two look more like natural teeth?
Veneers made of porcelain look more natural than those made of resin composite materials due to the way they reflect light.
They both look similarly realistic.
Which type of veneer is more stain resistant?
Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain than resin veneers.
They're equally resistant to staining.
Which type of veneer requires less preparatory work on your teeth?
Getting resin veneers is a less involved process than getting porcelain veneers.
They require an equal amount of prep work.
Before you get porcelain veneers, the dentist must:
remove a layer of enamel from the teeth receiving veneers
The dentist must scrape enamel from the teeth so that the porcelain veneer won't add thickness to the tooth -- and to provide an optimal surface for the cement bond.
take a biopsy sample of your gum tissue
How many visits to the dentist are required to receive porcelain veneers?
It usually takes three visits: a consultation visit, a visit for preparatory work and the making of a dental mold, and finally a third visit to bond the veneers to your teeth.
Which are thinner: resin veneers or porcelain veneers?
Resin veneers are thinner and thus require less shaving of the enamel when the tooth is being prepped.
They're both equally thin.
True or false: The process of getting porcelain veneers is reversible.
The process of getting porcelain veneers isn't reversible due to the removal of enamel from the teeth prior to installation. Once you get these veneers, you'll always need them to protect your teeth and keep up their appearance.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
They will last throughout your lifetime.
Your porcelain veneers will probably need replacing within 10 years or so.
While bonding veneers to your teeth, your dentist can make color adjustments by:
changing the color of the cement
By using different types of cement, dentists can carefully match the color of the veneer to your other teeth.
dipping the veneers into a stain
changing the color of all of your teeth to match the veneer
Which teeth are most likely to receive veneers?
the front six on your lower jaw
the front eight on your upper jaw
The eight front teeth on your upper jaw are the most likely to be seen when you smile or talk, so these are the ones that are usually top candidates for veneers.
True or false: Dentists recommend veneers for molars later in life.
There's no need for veneers on your molars, since the outer surfaces of your molars usually aren't visible when you're speaking or eating.
Which of the following is NOT a common term for veneers?
Veneers are commonly called dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers.
dental porcelain laminates
Which of the following is NOT a known cause of permanent staining to the teeth?
certain drugs such as tetracycline
People often get veneers to help correct the appearance of teeth that have been stained due to fluoride or tetracycline, a type of antibiotic.
Which of the following conditions can veneers NOT help correct?
Veneers cannot cover up missing teeth. They require a tooth surface in order to be bonded in place.
How much enamel will be scraped off your tooth before a porcelain veneer is bonded to it?
Around a half-millimeter of enamel will be scraped away to compensate for the thickness of a porcelain veneer.
True or false: Teeth with veneers will not experience further decay.
Even with veneers, teeth may experience decay. Regular cleaning and checkups will still be necessary to maintain a healthy set of teeth.
Teeth with porcelain veneers may be sensitive to:
hot and cold temperatures
After receiving porcelain veneers, teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures due to the preparatory loss of enamel.
What are Lumineers?
futuristic veneers that are still in the testing stage
a brand name for a type of extremely thin veneer
Lumineers are extremely thin veneers made of modern glass ceramic.
How thick are Lumineers?
While porcelain veneers are 0.5 millimeters thick, Lumineers are only 0.2 millimeters thick.
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