A dental veneer (sometimes called porcelain veneers) is wafer-thin, semi-translucent custom porcelain or resin shell; bonded to the front side of your teeth. Veneers improve your appearance by changing the colour, shape, and size of your teeth. Veneers are a good choice because they resemble your natural teeth enamel. It’s difficult to tell the difference between a veneer and your natural teeth. Since smiling is the best way to make a first impression; make sure to learn everything about maintaining a great smile.
Dental Veneers Are A Cosmetic Procedure:
Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure that helps you maintain a beautiful smile and fixes:
- Discolored teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
There are two types of materials used for Veneers
You can choose between porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin; however, resin veneers better imitate the light reflecting properties of actual teeth. You get to decide which is best for you.
Most Common Question: Are Teeth Bones?
Teeth are an extension of the skeletal system connecting to the bones of the jaw. Yet the small, calcified structures are not considered bone, and their primary function is to chew food. You have a blend of four types of teeth.
- Incisors: use to cut food
- Canines: uses to tear food
- Premolars: used to grind food
- Molars used to grind food
Take care of your smile. “50% of people say that a smile is the first feature they notice about someone.”
Dental Veneer Procedure:
Getting dental veneers usually requires three visits.
First Visit: Diagnosis and treatment planning:
The first step is to work together with the dental team. Be clear about what you want to achieve. In the appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and make sure dental veneers are the best cosmetic dental procedure for you. The dentist will explain the process and some of the limitations and requirements to maintain dental veneers. The dentist may take x-rays. The dentist may also make impressions of your mouth and your teeth.
Second Visit: Prepare A Tooth For A Veneer
Next, the dentist will remove about 1/2 milliliter of tooth enamel. There may be a need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. A model will be made of your tooth. That model will be sent to a dental laboratory to construct the veneer. Creating a veneer takes between 2 – 4 weeks.
Third Visit: Fitting, trimming and bonding
Finally, the dentist will temporarily place the veneer on your tooth to examine the colour and fit. The dentist will remove and trim the veneer as needed to make sure there is a proper fit. Matching the colour of the veneer to the rest of your teeth is achieved by manipulating the shade of cement being used. Preparing the tooth to receive the veneer requires the dentist to clean, polish, and etch the tooth.
Etching roughens the tooth and allows for a stronger bond. A special cement is added to the veneer, then the veneer is placed on the tooth. A special light beam is applied to the dental veneer to causing the cement to harden and cure quickly.
The final steps are to remove any excess cement and check your bite and make any final adjustments. The dentist will schedule a follow-up dental visit to evaluate how your gums are responding to the new veneers and examine the placement.