What is Dental Veneers ?
Veneers are cemented on the frontal portion of the teeth to give them a neat cosmetic appearance. They are wafer thin and are carefully designed to match the patient's teeth colour. This treatment is done to impart a sparkling white smile by adding veneers of porcelain or resin on chipped or stained teeth to create uniformity and provide aesthetic appearance to the smile.
Benefits of Veneers
- An immediate improvement in the appearance of your smile
- The veneer can last as long as 15 years if you don't subject it to unnecessary stress such as chewing on ice cubes
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape
- Veneers generally don't require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.
- Increased self-esteem because you no longer feel like you need to hold back your smile
Am I a good Candidate?
You are a good candidate for veneers if you have:
- Severely discolored teeth
- Teeth whitening not possible
- Worn-out or crooked teeth
- Too much gap between the teeth.
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Fillings which look unattractive
Types of Dental Veneers
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Composite Veneers: Also known as composite resin veneers, this is a cheap veneer dental restoration that can be applied in one dentist visit. They are most usually made out of resin or plastic, can be easily repaired if broken and can last up to seven years. If you opt for these veneers, the dentist applies the composite resin and a light application apparatus follows. The composite veneers are then finished and surfaces are polished.
Porcelain veneers: Made of high-quality, hardened ceramic, porcelain veneers have been around for decades, with older forms looking chunkier and acting as a form of teeth whitening. If you opt for these veneers, the dentist takes an impression of the teeth. The impression is then sent to a laboratory for fabrication of the veneer. The procedure helps give strength to your teeth that mirror natural tooth enamel.
CAD/CAM Veneers: Computer-aided designing and computer-aided manufacturing are an integration of the Impression system, 3D design software and a chair-side mill to provide the dentist with veneers instantly in one go.
How is Veneers done?
Under local anesthesia, the tooth is prepared to accommodate a veneer. This is done with a rotary cutting instrument.
An impression is taken of the tooth and sent to the dental laboratory.
The dental veneer is then made to fit the tooth and mouth. Finally, it is bonded to the tooth.
What is the Recovery after Veneers like?
The recovery is quick after the chair time. The maintenance is quite easy with regular cleaning with non-abrasive toothpaste. Undue stress on the teeth should not be applied since the risk of chipping is there with porcelain veneers.
What Results Can I Expect from Veneers?
The results are visible immediately, giving you a very pleasing smile. With proper maintenance it is highly durable.