Great Smile: Let’s Talk About Veneers
Dental veneers are layers of materials placed over a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. A porcelain veneer is indirectly fabricated, while a composite veneer is directly placed or indirectly fabricated in a dental laboratory, and later on is bonded to the tooth using a resin cement. Dentist also use dental veneers that are laminated for aesthetics purposes only. Veneers are helpful in improving the shape, color and position of the teeth, to make a chipped tooth like whole again, replace a broken part, and close small gaps, when braces are not favorable.
Some dental veneers require a very little preparation and some don’t, because they are very thin and are held by a special and strong adhesive material, making the teeth look natural and healthy. In the process of placing the veneer, an outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. The amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be applied to ensure that the tooth retain the same size. To prevent any discomfort, a local anesthesia may be used, although not required. An impression mold will be given to a dental technician, along with other information to make the veneer, after the tooth has been prepared. For a natural look, the veneer color should match the color of the teeth. Veneer application may take two dental visits, first wherein the first is for tooth preparation, and the second is the actual veneer fitting. Your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth for your observation and satisfaction before bonding it in place. After the veneer is fitted, only minor adjustments are needed, and it is recommended to wait a little while before making any changes, so you can get used to it.
Your dental team will tell you how long your veneer will last, but it should last for many years, and it may chip or break just as your own teeth, which are repairable. For addressing minor damage such as chips, a natural-colored filling material can be used. Instead of dental veneers, crowns are preferred for tooth strengthening, that became broken, weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneers are important for aesthetics, restoring a fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple veneers are used to repair and replace worn away teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps or spaces. Veneers are also recommended for aging patients who wear dentures and those with yellow teeth that cannot be whitened by tooth whitening products.