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What You Need to Know About Dental Veneers

September 2, 2019 by Ryan Daniel  

Dental veneers is a great solution to help you get the smile that you have always wanted. This is a good choice for those with misshaped teeth, gap teeth and chipped teeth. Dental veneers are thin covers that applied to the surface of the teeth to give it a more classic look and shape. There is a wide range of dental veneers to choose from. Talk to your dentist about the kind that best fits your needs and lifestyle. 

What are Dental Veneers? 

If you want to improve the look of your smile, dental veneers is a great option. These are thin coverings that look like natural tooth that are placed over the front part of the tooth. Veneers is able to correct many dental issues, including stained teeth that cannot be whitened with bleaching, misshapen or crooked teeth, worn or chipped teeth, and uneven spaces or gaps between teeth. 

Dental veneers are made with porcelain or composite resin material. Each of these material come with their own benefits. Your dentist will help you pick the material that is best suited for you. 

Kinds of Dental Veneers 

Porcelain Veneers 

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain material that is custom made to fit your tooth. It is strong and long-lasting, and have a natural-looking surface. They also do not easily stain. One more benefit is that less tooth enamel is removed than when a dental cap or crown is installed. Here are the steps to applying porcelain veneers: 

1.      To prepare the teeth, the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the sides and front of the tooth. This gives room for the veneer to stick to the tooth and make it look more natural.

2.      After determining the best veneer shade that will match your overall smile, the dentist makes a mold or impression of the prepared tooth.

3.      The mold is sent to the lab that will create the veneer that is custom fitted to the tooth. Because the process can take a few days, the dentist will give you temporary veneers to wear until the veneer is made.

4.      On your next visit, the dentist will apply the veneers on the tooth to check for shape and fit. After some adjustments, if there are any, the tooth is again cleaned and the porcelain veneers are finally bonded onto the tooth.

5.      If there is a need for them, some changes will have to be made in later dental appointments. 

Composite Resin Veneers 

A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material that is bonded to the tooth. Its benefits include: less tooth enamel is removed compared to porcelain veneers, cost less than porcelain veneers, require fewer visits to the dentist, and are easily fixed when damaged. Here are the steps to applying composite resin veneers: 

1.      After preparing and shaping the teeth, the dentist will bond and sculpt the composite material in a color that best matches the rest of the teeth.

2.      A curing light is used to harden the composite and make it bond to the teeth.

3.      The composite resin veneer is polished and smoothed to make it look like natural teeth. 

Considerations for Dental Veneers 

Having healthy teeth and gums is important. Any decay or disease will have to be treated before the installation of veneers. Veneers is not recommended to those who clench or grind their teeth. Thin veneers can chip or break, and the dentist might require wearing a dental night guard during sleep. 

Dental veneer application requires the removal of some amount of enamel, so this a process that cannot be undone. Veneers can come loose after a while. When this happens, a new one is needed. It is important that you discuss your treatment options and expectations with your dentist. This will also help keep your teeth and gums healthy.