Dental Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front visible part of the tooth. They resemble a natural tooth. If you want a dazzling smile, dental veneers are the best solution. Veneers not only improve the aesthetics of your smile but also protect the tooth's surface from damage. They are human-made products designed merely to improve your teeth' look and not to strengthen or repair the tooth.
A veneer is a cosmetic product that is custom-made for a patient in such a way that they can decide the color, look, and material used. Veneers can be attached to a single tooth or several teeth. They last for 15-20 years, depending on the material used.
How do the Dental Veneers work?
The Veneers help to correct a wide range of dental issues like:
- Stained teeth that cannot be whitened by bleaching.
- To fill a large gap between the upper front teeth
- To cover a chipped or worn tooth.
- Veneers can also help conceal crooked or misshapen teeth.
What are the different types of Veneers?
Veneers are either made of porcelain or composite resin material. Each type of veneer has its advantages.
- Porcelain Veneers: Dental Veneers are mostly made of porcelain. Porcelain veneers have a natural-looking surface. They are strong and long-lasting and don't stain easily. At 0.5mm in thickness, porcelain veneers require a thin layer of enamel on the teeth to be removed to fit them. The tooth enamel removed during this procedure is significantly less as compared to a crown or cap.
- Composite resin veneers: A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth. Composite veneers are easy to fix and can be repaired quickly in case they get damaged. They cost less than porcelain veneers, and you need fewer dental visits.
- Minimal prep (ultra-thin) veneers-Lumineers: These types of veneers are a recent innovation that has grown in popularity. At just 0.2mm, they are less than half the thickness of traditional porcelain veneers. In this procedure, the removal of enamel from the existing natural tooth is not required.
- Instant Veneers: As the name suggests, these are instant veneers that are pre-made rather than custom-made for you. It is much cheaper than porcelain or composite veneers as the process can be completed in just one visit to your dentist.
What are the advantages of Dental Veneers?
- Dental Veneers is an easy way to whiten your smile. Drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, or eating foods can make your teeth turn an unattractive shade of yellow or brown. Since veneers are mostly stain-resistant, you don't have to worry about discoloration.
- Veneers help fix minor cosmetic problems. They help camouflage minor orthodontic issues once they are set. Your natural teeth may still be gapped or crooked, but nobody will know apart from you and your dentist.
- Veneers also help correct many cosmetic dental issues such as minor misalignment, cracks, gaps between teeth, and discoloration.
- Veneers help in replacing damaged enamel. Your enamels may get worn down from ardent tooth brushing or eaten away by highly acidic foods and drinks. The stomach acid can damage your enamel, which cannot be replaced. Hence veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel abrasion.
What is the process involved in getting Veneers?
There are three stages in getting the Veneers.
- Consultation: During this stage, your dentist and supporting team will advise you on the best treatment course based on your needs and wants and give their professional opinion. Impressions may be taken at this stage too.
- Preparation: Once you have decided on the type of veneers you want, the teeth are prepared for the actual procedure. The dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth to which the veneers have to be attached. Since only a small amount of drilling is done, no local anesthetic is required. Thinning the enamel helps create space for the new veneer and makes them look as natural as possible.
- Fitting: The veneers are attached to the teeth after your dentist has checked if the veneers affect your bite or cause other alignment issues.
Call us at Briarwood Family Dentistry or schedule an online appointment to know more about Veneers.