Dental veneers are wafer-thin, tooth-colored shells used to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. They are also known as porcelain veneer and porcelain laminates. They are bonded to your teeth and are made of porcelain and resin composite material. (1)
Veneers are used for cosmetic concerns, such as chipped, discolored, and broken in unevenly sized teeth. They are used to change the teeth’ color, shape, size, and length.
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Types of dental veneer
Dental veneers are made from porcelain or resin, and their application requires prep work.
Porcelain veneers are far better than veneers made of composite resin material. It would be best to discuss the choice of material for your surfaces with your dentist.
Types of treatment procedures
There are two types of methods performed:
- Non-prep veneer.
- Prep veneer.
For the application of traditional veneer, there is the involvement of grinding the tooth structure. Sometimes, your dentist has to properly remove some of your teeth to place surfaces and even enamel. The application of prep veneer is an irreversible process, and it may be painful, and your dentist has to numb the area with local anesthesia. The number of teeth removed depends upon your dental concerns. (2)
A non-prep veneer only has minimum tooth alternations, requiring less preparation.
Dental veneer procedure may require three visits to the dentist :
- The first one is for the consultation with the dentist.
- The other two trips make upright veneer for you and apply the veneer.
Diagnosis and treatment
You should discuss the result with the dentist you want. During the visit, your dentist will examine your teeth, choose the right dental veneer for you and explain the limitation of the procedure. In addition, your dentist may take an x-ray and make a wax model to visualize how your teeth look-alike after applying a veneer.
Preparation of procedure
Your dentist will prepare your teeth before applying the veneer and reshape them equal to the thickness of the veneer to be applied to your teeth. Next, your dentist will numb to trim off the enamel. Then your dentist will make a wax model of your teeth and send it to the laboratory to create your veneer. 2 to 4 weeks are required to form it. (3)Your dentist will apply veneer on your teeth to check color and size after cleaning and polishing your teeth. The final step is to remove the extra cement and adjust. You may need a follow-up visit to the dentist to recheck veneer placement.
Benefits of dental veneer:
- They are stain-resistant.
- You may choose a light color for brighter white teeth.
- As you age, your teeth may start deforming; veneers will help you have healthy, youthful teeth.
- They are stronger, look better than crowns, and do not require much shaping.
They do not require any specific care process, but you should follow oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day, rinsing with mouthwash, and flossing.
Are veneers permanent?
Veneers are permanently placed as a small part of teeth is etched away.
Are porcelain veneers stain-resistant?
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant as compared to the other artificial teeth.
Will veneers affect my eating habits?
Veneers will not influence your diet as compared to braces. Chewing hard food or ice may cause cracks, but rarely seen.
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