Dental veneers are porcelain or resin shells that are very thin and custom-designed to fit snugly over the front of your teeth. They change the appearance of the color, shape, size of the length of your teeth. There are advantages of getting porcelain veneers over resin veneers as the former are more stain resistant and do a better job of reflecting light similarly to natural teeth.
WHO SHOULD GET DENTAL VENEERS?
Anyone who experiences any of the following problems is eligible for dental veneers
- Teeth that are discolored
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Teeth with gaps between them
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR GETTING A DENTAL VENEER?
First, you will have to go for a consultation with a dentist. In a second session the veneer will be made and in the third session, the veneer will be applied.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLANNING
You first have to explain to the dentist exactly what you would want to achieve. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth to determine whether a dental veneer is the right course of action for you. He or she will discuss the procedure and might take X-rays or make impressions of your mouth and teeth.
PREPARATION OF THE DENTAL VENEER
To make a dental veneer, your doctor will need to remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface. This amount is about the same size as the veneer, so you’ll end up with the same size tooth after the procedure. Don’t worry; you will receive local anesthetic so you will only feel mild discomfort during the procedure. The dentist will make a model of your tooth which will be sent to a dental laboratory. Your veneer will be sculpted at the lab. It can take two to four weeks before your veneers are ready.
BONDING OF THE VENEER
First, your dentist will temporarily fit the veneer on your tooth to make sure that it’s the right fit or color. If needed, your dentist will trim the veneer or adjust the color. Your tooth will be cleaned, polished and etched which roughens the tooth so that the veneer will stick better to your tooth. The veneer is applied with special cement. The dentist will use a special light to which activates the chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden quickly. Finally, the dentist will remove any excess cement and make final adjustments. You may have to come in for a final session to see how your gums reacted to the presence of the veneer.
HOW LONG DO DENTAL VENEERS LAST?
Dental veneers usually last between seven and fifteen years. They will need to be replaced after this time. It’s therefore necessary to visit the dentist regularly to check the quality of your veneers.
DO VENEERS REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE?
There’s no special dental hygiene regime for veneers. Good oral hygiene practice like brushing your teeth regularly, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash will be more than efficient. Be cautious when drinking or eating food that might stain your teeth such as coffee, tea or red wine.