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Great Smile: Let’s Talk About Veneers

In dentistry, a veneer refers to a thin layer of material made to fit over the front surface of 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 help in improving the shape, color and position of the teeth, to make a chipped tooth like whole again, replace a broken part, and close small gaps, when braces are not suitable.

Veneers offer a natural and healthy look for the teeth, and only little preparation is required because dental veneers are thin and are held by a special and strong adhesive material. In the process of placing the veneer, an outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. The amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be applied to ensure that the tooth retain the same size. Local anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort, but often not needed. After tooth preparation, the dental team will give an impression or mold to the dental technician, along with any other details needed for making the veneer. The teeth color surrounding the teeth should match the natural color of the teeth for a natural look. Veneer application may take two dental visits, first wherein the first is for tooth preparation, and the second is the actual veneer fitting. Your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth for your observation and satisfaction before bonding it in place. There are only minor adjustments needed after it is fitted, and it is recommended to wait a little while before making any changes, so you can get used to it.

Veneers last for many years, however it may chip or break just as your own teeth, but small chips can be repaired. 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. Veneer is an important tool for cosmetic dentists, and since it is used mostly for aesthetic purposes, it restores fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple veneers are used to repair and replace worn away teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps or spaces. It is also effective for aged patients wearing dentition and yellow teeth that won’t whiten.

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