Dental veneers are custom-made shells and wafer-thin mainly designed to cover the front surface of your teeth improving your overall appearance. They are mainly bonded to the front of the teeth alternating their colour, shape, size, and length.

Additionally, veneers are made from porcelain or from composites of resin material. Comparatively, porcelain veneers tends to resist stains while resin veneers light reflecting properties similar to natural teeth.

Resin veneers are thinner as compared to porcelain veneers. Before placement of this type of veneer, less tooth will be removed on the surface. However, you will need to discuss with your dentist on the best type of veneer material.

Various problems that Dental Veneers fix

Before any tooth removal the surrounding tissue are numbed with a local anaesthetic, which is similar to the one used to fill cavities. Some individuals might experience anxiety; it is advisable to always discuss with the dentist on what could help before the procedure, perhaps a sedative. The types of sedating medicine used include:

  • Discoloured teeth mainly from root canal treatment, drug stains from either tetracycline or excessive fluoride.
  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped; for instance, craters or bulges.
  • Gaps in between teeth mainly used to fill the space in between the teeth.

Procedure of getting a Dental veneer

The process of getting veneers can be summarised in three steps:

  • Consultations
  • Making the veneers
  • Applying the veneers

Preparation

For a veneer instalment, your dentist takes about ½ millimetre of enamel from the tooth surface. It is similar to the amount of thickness on the veneer added to the tooth surface. Before doing any trimmings the doctor will numb the place with a local anaesthetic. Also, after making an impression of your tooth the dentist takes it to a dental laboratory, which constructs your veneer.
The installation usually takes 1-2 weeks for you to finally receive your veneers. However, for unsightly teeth temporary veneer can be placed for an extra cost.

Bonding

Before permanent placement, your dentist will place a temporary veneer to check the fit and colour. Repeated removal and trimming will be done to ensure a proper fit; nonetheless, for colour adjustment a shade of cement can be used.
Your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and roughening the tooth to enable strong bonding. The dentist uses special cement that is applied to the veneer, which will be placed on your tooth. Once positioned, the dentist uses a light beam, which activates chemicals in the cement, hence, hardening it and heal quickly.

Advantages of Dental Veneers

  • Provide a natural tooth appearance
  • They are stain resistant
  • They are tolerable
  • They make dark teeth whiter after selection
  • They have the ability to change a tooth’s color and shape

How long do Dental Veneers last?

Generally, the longest a Dental veneer could last is approximately 5 to 10 year, after these years need to be replaced as soon as possible. To take care of your veneers, you need to practice good oral hygiene and that includes: brushing, flossing, rinsing, and much more.

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