Veneers are thin wafer-like dental appliances and are primarily used to cover the frontal surface of a tooth. They can be used to solve dental issues such as chipping, minor cracks, discoloration, and crooked teeth.
They are usually made from tooth-colored porcelain material, and hence, perfectly mimic the color of the natural enamel. They are highly preferred by restorative dentists as they not only help to improve the aesthetics but also restore the functionality of the teeth.
Are you a good candidate for veneers?
Patients suffering from the following dental issues would be the perfect candidates for veneers:
- Chipped or misshapen teeth: An external injury to the mouth could cause the teeth to chip. This could ruin the aesthetics of the smile, and hence, is best if restored using veneers. The same goes with misshapen teeth, i.e. teeth which are naturally out of shape. Their shape can be altered accordingly using veneers.
- Cracked teeth: When a tooth cracks, it usually progresses gradually when force is applied to it until it finally fractures. When a veneer is bonded to a cracked tooth, it covers up the crack and prevents tooth failure.
- Excessively spaced teeth: When the dental arch is too wide, the emerging teeth would be spaced too wide apart. This excessive space can be eliminated using veneers.
- Discolored teeth: Consumption of colored foods, improper brushing, chewing tobacco, etc. could cause the teeth to get badly stained. When teeth whitening procedures do not restore the teeth back to their original color, a veneer can be used for the purpose.
- Worn out teeth: Sometimes, the teeth may naturally appear short, or may be shortened in length due to excessive wear. This may be a direct result of bruxism. Veneers can be used to lengthen such teeth.
How are veneers bonded to the teeth?
The process of getting veneers would require at least two visits to the dentist’s office. During the initial visit, the dentist screens your teeth for any signs of decay, damage, and discoloration. This gives the dentist a clear idea of whether or not your condition requires veneers.
The teeth are thoroughly cleaned, and a mold of the tooth that needs the veneer is taken. The mold and the exact dimensions of the tooth are sent to a laboratory for fabricating the veneer. Dental grade porcelain is used for this purpose and is usually finished in a couple of weeks’ time.
During the next visit, the dentist gently removes a layer of enamel from the tooth by buffing. This makes space for bonding the veneer onto the tooth surface. Photosensitive dental adhesives are used for bonding the veneer, and a curing light of the right intensity is used to harden the adhesive. Finally, the bite of the patient is checked and the veneer is polished to match the exact shade of the adjoining teeth.
Advantages of getting veneers
- They are long-lasting.
- They are durable and tough.
- They are aesthetically pleasing.
- The material used to make them is biocompatible, and hence, blends in perfectly with the natural tissues of the teeth.
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