Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution for correcting dental imperfections. If you have flaws on your teeth such as cracks, chips or spaces, a dentist may recommend dental veneers to hide them. In this article, you will learn about how veneers can be a solution to many dental problems.
How dental veneers work
Dental veneers are common in cosmetic dentistry and are used primarily for aesthetic reasons. Veneers are a great alternative to dental crowns in many cases because they allow for a more conservative approach to altering a tooth’s size, shape and color without any significant alteration to the original tooth structure.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells made from ceramic or composite resin material. They are bonded to the front side of the teeth in a procedure that requires minimal or no anesthesia. Veneers are an excellent choice for enhancing the look of the front-row teeth. The materials used make them customizable and look like natural, healthy teeth and allow them to withstand pressure from regular use.
Veneers are effective for covering unwanted defects on the teeth, including discoloration, damage from trauma or the aftermath of a root canal. Patients who have gaps between their front teeth, worn or chipped teeth or discolored fillings can also get veneers to rebuild their dentition. Dental veneers are sometimes regarded as “instant orthodontics” because dentists can use them to correct minor dental misalignments quickly without putting the patient through long-term braces treatment.
The process of placing dental veneers
Patients play an active role in the application of veneers. They should be able to express the goals they have for their smile and work with the dentist to achieve those goals. The dentist will also take the time to explain the process and what patients can expect.
To place the veneer, the dental professional will prepare the teeth by lightly scraping off the enamel to make up for the extra thickness of the veneer. Usually, only a millimeter of the tooth is abraded. A local anesthetic may be administered to minimize or prevent discomfort.
Composite resin veneers can be completed in a single appointment because the dentist can bond and sculpt the composite material onto the tooth after the initial prep. For porcelain veneers, the dentist will first take impressions of the patient’s teeth. The impressions will be forwarded to the dental lab that will fabricate the veneer — a process that may take several days.
After fabricating the veneers, the dentist will place the veneer on the tooth and ensure it fits correctly and matches the shade of the remaining teeth. The tooth will be buffed, cleaned and a special cement will be used to glue the veneer to the tooth.
The bottom line
A consultation with a dentist is the first step toward getting the smile of your dreams. The dentist will recommend the best option and create a proper treatment plan. With dental veneers, every imperfection on your teeth will be hidden and you will be able to smile and interact confidently without worrying about the appearance of your smile.
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