Health – Getting Started & Next Steps

Great Smile: Let’s Talk About Veneers

Dental veneers are layers of materials placed over a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Composite dental veneers are either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over the tooth, while porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated in a dental lab. On the other hand, dentists also use laminated veneers, made of thin layer of materials, covering only the surface layer of the tooth, and are usually used for aesthetic purposes. Veneers improve the color, shape and position of the teeth, making a chipped tooth like whole again, replacing a broken part and close small gaps, when braces are not suitable.

Veneers make our teeth look healthy and natural, and because they are very thin and can be held by a special, strong adhesive, only little preparation is required. For veneer placement preparation, the shiny outer surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later on. To make sure that the tooth retain the same size, the amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be fitted. Local anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort, but often not needed. After the tooth has been prepared, an impression or mold will be handed to the technician, along with any other details needed for making the veneer. For a natural look, the veneer color should match the color of the teeth. Veneer application may take two dental visits, first wherein the first is for tooth preparation, and the second is the actual veneer fitting. Before bonding the veneer in place, your doctor will allow you to first check the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are satisfied and happy with it. Minor adjustments are made after it is fitted, and it is advisable to wait a little while so you can get used to it before making any changes.

Your dental team will tell you how long your veneer will last, but it should last for many years, and it may chip or break just as your own teeth, which are repairable. For addressing minor damages such as chips, natural-colored filling material are be used. For teeth that need to be strengthened, crowns are used, either because they are broken, have been weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneers are important for aesthetics, restoring a fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple veneers can replace worn away tooth or teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps. It is also effective for aged patients wearing dentition and yellow teeth that won’t whiten.