Veneers are thin, wafer-like restorations made from dental-grade porcelain. They are made to cover the front side of your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers help you eliminate the minor surface imperfections on your teeth, such as spacing, crowding, chipping, cracks, and discoloration.
What are the benefits of getting veneers?
- Veneers do not alter the natural tooth structure. Instead, they hold your tooth intact and also enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
- They can be used to repair teeth that are cracked or fractured.
- Teeth that are chipped or disfigured due to external trauma can be brought back to their original shape and size with the help of veneers.
- Discolored teeth can be made to look whiter when veneers are bonded to their frontal surface.
- When the teeth are inappropriately spaced, such as in the case of spacing and crowding, veneers can be used to make them look evenly spaced.
- They can be used to align crooked and misaligned teeth.
- They are long-lasting as they do not stain or chip easily.
- As they're made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain, they aren't easily noticeable. So, you could smile without worrying about the restoration.
What is the procedure involved in bonding a veneer to your tooth?
Veneers are custom-made to fit on the frontal surface of the teeth. For this, an impression of the tooth would be taken to serve as a reference for fabricating the veneer. A highly-precise digital scan is taken by the dentist and sent to a dental laboratory. But before this, the tooth has to be buffed and shaped to make space for bonding the veneer. Hence, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the tooth's surface so that the veneer doesn't add thickness to it.
It would take a few days for the veneer to be fabricated. On the second visit, the tooth would be thoroughly cleaned and roughened with the help of an etching solution. This is done so that the veneer can bond well to the surface of the tooth. Dental cement or other adhesive agents are used to bond the veneer onto the tooth surface. After carefully placing the veneer on the tooth, any excess dental adhesive will be removed. A curing light is used to harden it and firmly bond the veneer. After this, the veneer is checked for fit and comfort, and the bite is evaluated. It is then polished and made to match the shade of the adjacent teeth.
How to care for your veneers?
It is best to keep in mind that the veneers aren't as durable as your natural teeth. So, biting hard objects such as nuts, ice, etc., could damage the veneer. It is advisable to cut down on the consumption of beverages such as tea, coffee, aerated drinks, or red wine as they could lead to the staining of the veneers. Chewing tobacco should also be avoided. Regular dental visits help your dentist monitor your veneers, and any damage to them can be repaired.
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