Veneers are dental restorations that allow the dentist to give the teeth an aesthetic makeover and improve their functionality. They are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that fit perfectly on the face of the tooth. This way, they completely cover the tooth face and get rid of any surface imperfections such as cracks, chipping, discoloration, wear, etc.
What are the applications of veneers?
Veneers help to restore teeth that are affected due to the following:
Cracks: Teeth may sustain damages when the patient takes a hard blow to the mouth or has a nasty fall. Leaving the crack untreated can allow the microbes in the mouth to enter the root canal, and sometimes, it could propagate and even lead to tooth failure. Veneers are used to get rid of such minor cracks, thereby saving the tooth from failure.
Chipping: A part of a tooth may break off during external trauma to the mouth. It ruins the appearance of the smile and also puts the tooth at risk of infection. Bonding a veneer to the face of such teeth can restore their aesthetics as well as prevent infection.
Wear: Excessively worn out teeth due to bruxism can look too short. It also affects the functionality of the mouth that includes biting and chewing. Lengthening of the crown can be done using veneers to restore the aesthetics.
Discoloration: Teeth undergo staining due to improper brushing and regular consumption of colored foods. In most cases, teeth whitening will be used to make the teeth look whiter, but when the condition is worse, a veneer can be bonded to the surface to make them look whiter.
Why should you choose veneers?
- Though veneers are thin, flat pieces of porcelain, they offer excellent toughness and durability.
- They are relatively inexpensive, and the procedure for getting a veneer is very simple.
- Just a thin layer of the enamel needs to be removed before starting the procedure. It allows us to preserve most of the natural tooth tissues.
- Since they are made from tooth-colored material, they wouldn’t be easily noticeable. They perfectly mimic the appearance of the remaining teeth.
We would screen your teeth during the first appointment to check for infections, damage, wear, damaged restorations, etc. The teeth are cleaned thoroughly, and a thin layer of enamel will be removed by buffing the tooth. A highly-accurate mold of the tooth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication. It usually takes a few days to be finished, during which a temporary veneer will be placed on the tooth.
During the following consultation, the temporary veneer will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned and etched using an etching solution. The veneer will be placed on the tooth and checked for fit, and any changes, if required, will be made. It will then be bonded to the tooth using dental adhesives and polished to make it look as natural as possible.
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