Dental veneers are a simple solution for improving your smile. Veneers are thin covers that are placed at the front surface of the tooth. They appear to look like real teeth. Veneers are used to treat a variety of dental problems, including:
- teeth that are discoloured and cannot be bleached
- teeth that are chipped
- teeth that are crooked or deformed
- irregular spacing or a significant gap between the top front teeth
Veneers are often composed of porcelain or a composite resin substance. Your dentist will assist you in selecting the finest material for you. Each type of veneer has its own set of advantages.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is tailored to fit the tooth. Porcelain veneers provide the following advantages:
- sturdy and long-lasting
- have a natural-looking surface
- need less tooth enamel removal than a crown or cap
- does not discolour readily
If you are unfamiliar with how to attach porcelain veneers, here’s how you can do so:
- To prepare the teeth for porcelain veneers, the dentist normally removes a tiny piece of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. This allows a place for the veneers, which makes your teeth appear more natural.
- The prepared teeth are imprinted, or moulded, by the dentist. The dentist will also choose the appropriate veneer hue for your smile.
- The imprint is delivered to a dental facility, where the porcelain veneers will be custom-made to fit your teeth. This might take a few days. In the meantime, the dentist may provide you a temporary veneers to wear.
- The veneers are placed on the teeth during the subsequent visit to ensure proper fit and contour. The teeth will be cleaned after any changes, and the veneers are attached to the tooth.
- Any additional adjustments can be made at a later date.
Composite Resin Veneers
A composite resin veneer is created by bonding a tooth-coloured filling substance to the tooth.
Some benefits of composite resin veneers:
- Less tooth enamel is removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers.
- Fewer visits to the dentist—sometimes, these veneers require only one visit.
- Cost less than porcelain veneers.
- They are easy to repair if they become damaged. Although composite veneers are not as strong or sturdy as porcelain veneers, they can be repaired easily and quickly.
The application of composite resin veneers is slightly different to porcelain veneers. You can expect the below process when you get them:
- Following the preparation or reshaping of the teeth, the dentist meticulously binds and sculpts the composite material in the colour that is ideal for you.
- A special light is employed to harden the composite and adhere it to your teeth.
- The veneers are sanded and polished to seem natural.
Before Getting Veneers
Before you have veneers, you should know these few things to ensure a smooth process:
- Your teeth and gums must be in good condition. Before your veneers are installed, your dentist can remedy any ailment or decay.
- Veneers are not usually a viable option for individuals who clench or grind their teeth since the thin veneers are prone to chipping or breaking. However, if you clench or grind your teeth while sleeping, your dentist may recommend that you wear a plastic dental night guard.
- Although your dentist will be removing as little tooth enamel as possible to make room for veneers, the procedure cannot be reversed once the enamel is removed.
- Veneers have the potential to break free over time. In that scenario, new ones may be required.
- Discuss your expectations, process, and treatment alternatives with your dentist, as with any other aspect of your dental care. Regular dental appointments are essential for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.
After Getting Veneers
- Under strain, veneers can chip or shatter. Avoid biting your nails or chewing on harsh items like pencils or ice.
- It may take a few days for you to adjust to the feel of your veneers. However, please notify your dentist if your bite does not feel correct after the veneer has been installed. They will make the necessary changes before you leave the office.
- Brush and floss your teeth and gums every day to keep them clean. Cavities can still form beneath or around veneers.