Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your tooth. They can be used to change their colour or shape, or repair small fractures in the teeth.
The tiny quantity of enamel that is taken away during the placement procedure is typically removed by a dentist, which is the thin protective outer covering of teeth. As a result, after the veneers are placed, a patient cannot remove them or choose not to utilize them.
There are typically two types of veneers – porcelain veneers and composite resin based veneers. Porcelain veneers need a little bit of the enamel to be removed. Resin based veneers tend to be more affordable and may not need much enamel removal.
Why should you get dental veneers?
Your dentist may recommend dental veneers for a number of reasons including:
- To change the colour, shape, size or length of teeth
- Repair broken teeth or teeth with large fillings
- Close gaps between teeth
- Cover badly shaped or discoloured teeth
Dental veneers also promote dental care. Porcelain veneers resemble natural teeth and are delicate thin coverings that are placed over teeth to restore them. Thus, dental veneers are also important for restorative and aesthetic aspects of dentistry.
Veneers are placed on the teeth that require support and change the shape, colour and size of the teeth to match the other teeth.
Dental veneers and dental care
Dental problems that require dental veneers to treat chipped, broken, discoloured, worn down, or even discoloured teeth. It’s also beneficial in situations where teeth are uneven and/or abnormal in form from the neighbouring teeth. Veneers can be used to repair any gaps between teeth.
Teeth that are chipped or fractured cause pain and discomfort to the patient. It’s difficult to consume food, and the soft tissues of the mouth may be injured as a result. If all of the teeth have been damaged or broken, additional support will be required for such teeth.
Teeth may be chipped or a portion of them fractured as the result of collisions, sports, and other causes. This discomfort will get worse with each time the teeth are relocated or meals are consumed, and it must be treated immediately. If circumstances are suitable for dental veneers, dentists will advocate for them since they provide the best option available.
Worn out enamel
Dental veneers are sometimes required to correct worn or discoloured teeth. Teeth wear down as a result of wear and strain, aging, and other personal habits.
Teeth are covered by enamel and serve as a protective barrier for the teeth. However, this enamel covering gradually dissolves away. The pulp region of the teeth, which houses the core/nerve section of the teeth, becomes more exposed. Teeth sensitivity develops when hot or cold food is consumed.
Eating hot or cold food causes discomfort and pain. When food is eaten and retained in the mouth for some time after each meal, it becomes difficult to continue eating in the same manner as before. After eating, there’s usually some kind of ache or discomfort that lingers for some time after each meal.
This is a clear indication that teeth have worn down and you need some sort of treatment immediately.
Dental veneers are used to restore or improve the appearance and functionality of teeth that have been worn down. They provide extra support to teeth by covering them, and they can function as before.
Gaps between teeth
Sometimes, teeth may have spaces between them. Some may be misshapen and uneven. The positions of the neighbouring teeth are affected when there are gaps between teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap will gradually move toward the vacant space as a result of this. The tooth positions in the mouth will become misaligned as a consequence.
When teeth are misaligned, their chewing and speaking abilities are harmed. When the teeth are uneven or misshaped, they may cause neighbouring teeth to overlap or push against each other. Some teeth have bulges and irregularities that might even affect a person’s confidence.
Dental veneers can be used to restore teeth with these faults. Teeth that have been discoloured due to medicines, aging, or lifestyle habits are also candidates for dental veneers. Placing dental veneers on teeth that are yellowish or darker in colour will restore the natural colour and appearance.
Dental veneer procedure
To place veneers, the dentist will need to remove some of the enamel on your teeth to create the right surface for bonding. They will take moulds of your teeth to guide them in creating an accurate replica of your natural enamel. Then they can create custom-made veneers out of porcelain. The dentist will bond these over the enamel, so that they appear like your real teeth.
Veneers are very thin slices of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth (the “smile” side). They act as excellent facades which make it possible to change one’s smile without extensive procedures such as crowns or bridges. Usually, 2-4 visits are required to complete the procedure.
The teeth are prepared just before the veneers are placed. To ensure that the veneers adhere firmly to the teeth, a specific kind of bonding agent is applied and each veneer is attached to your teeth one at a time by sculpting it over the contours of the prepared tooth surface. The dentist will sure that there are no air bubbles or spaces between them. Finally, they are polished to match surrounding teeth exactly.
Placing dental veneers does not guarantee that oral health will be maintained for life. Proper cleaning and hygiene practices need to go continue. Otherwise, the dental veneers that are placed will also be damaged. Proper cleaning and flossing of teeth, and regular dental consultations will help you ensure proper dental health.
After placing the dental veneers, if there are concerns on how to care for them or discomfort felt, then you must discuss them with the dentist.