Great Smile: Let’s Talk About Veneers
In the field of dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material, such as porcelain, placed over the front of a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Veneers are either made from porcelain or composite material, wherein porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated, while composite veneers are more of a natural color, either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over 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.
Veneers offer a natural and healthy look for the teeth, and only little preparation is required because dental veneers are thin and are held by a special and strong adhesive material. For the process of placing the veneer, the shiny outer 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. Local anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort, but often not needed. After the tooth has been prepared, an impression or mold will be handed to the technician, along with any other details needed for making the veneer. For a natural look, the veneer color should match the color of the teeth. Veneer treatment takes at least two dental visits, for tooth preparation and veneer fitting. Before bonding the veneer in place, your doctor will allow you to first check the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are satisfied and happy with it. There are only minor adjustments needed after it is fitted, and it is recommended to wait a little while before making any changes, so you can get used to it.
Veneers last for many years, however it may chip or break just as your own teeth, but small chips can be repaired. For addressing minor damage such as chips, a natural-colored filling material can be used. For teeth that need to be strengthened, crowns are used, either because they are broken, have been weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneer is an important tool for cosmetic dentists, and since it is used mostly for aesthetic purposes, it restores fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple dental veneers can close gaps or spaces, worn away edges resulting in premature aged appearance, malpositioned teeth that appear crooked. Dental veneers are also a good options for those who have yellow teeth that won’t whiten, and aging patients with dentition.