In dentistry, a Veneer is a wafer-thin layer of custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance; the colour of the Veneers can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. These Veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth changing their colour, shape, size, length or correcting uneven spaces, crooked or misshapen teeth. They can be use to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or multiple teeth or to protect the tooth’s surface from damage.
There are two main types of material used to fabricate a Veneer: Resin Composite and Dental Porcelain. A Composite Veneer is thinner and requires removal of less of the tooth surface before placement may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a Dental Technician in a Dental Laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth. In contrast, a Porcelain Veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.
Veneers can typically last 10–30 years. They may have to be replaced in this time due to cracking, leaking, chipping, discolouration, decay, shrinkage of the gum line and damage from injury or tooth grinding. The cost of Veneers can vary depending on the experience and location of the dentist. Porcelain Veneers are more durable and less likely to stain than Veneers made of composite.
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Porcelain Veneers are thin sheets of glazed tooth-coloured materials which are attached to the front surface of your teeth. These are made to match the normal colour, reflection and contour of your natural teeth and they are more stain resistant than Composite Veneers.
Porcelain Veneers can be used to treat a wide range of cosmetic problems involving your precious smile. Because it is multifunctional, it is a very useful and proficient option.
Composite Veneers are used to improve the colour, shape, size and texture of teeth to make them more attractive. Composite Veneers require little tooth preparation and the treatment can be completed in a single visit. However unlike Porcelain Veneers, Composite Veneers can be prone to staining and may not last as long. To create Composite Veneers, Composite material is applied to the front surfaces of the teeth and sculpted to the desired shape and finish under the hands of an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Getting a Dental Veneer usually requires 2 trips to the Dentist– the first for a consultation and preparation of the teeth and the second apply the Veneers.
To prepare teeth for Veneers, the Dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of the teeth, which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the Veneers to be added to the surface of the teeth.
The Dentist will make a model or impression of your teeth. This model is sent to a Dental Laboratory, which will construct your Veneers. It usually takes 3-4 days for the Dentist to receive the Veneers back from the laboratory. The Dentist may apply Temporary Veneers (which may incur an additional charge).
Before the Dental Veneers are permanently cemented to your teeth, the Dentist will temporarily place it on your teeth to examine its fit and colour. The Dentist will repeatedly remove and trim the Veneers as needed, to achieve the proper fit; the colour of the Veneers can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used.
To prepare your teeth to receive the Veneers, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched – which will roughen the teeth, to allow for a strong bonding process. A special cement is applied to the Veneers which are then placed onto your teeth. Once properly position on the teeth, the Dentist will apply a special light beam to the Dental Veneers, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly.
The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the Veneers wherever necessary. The Dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your Veneers and to once again examine the Veneer’s placement.