Veneers are thin wafer-like shells that are used to cover the surface of a tooth. Veneers can be used to improve the aesthetics as well as to restore the functionality of the teeth. They are mostly made from porcelain, and hence, perfectly mimic the color and texture of the enamel.
Are you the right candidate for veneers?
Veneers can be used to treat several dental issues. If you’re suffering from any of the following, you would be the right candidate for veneers.
- Broken or chipped teeth:When one suffers an external trauma or a hard blow to the mouth, it could cause the teeth to chip, crack or even fracture. A veneer could be bonded to the frontal surface of a damaged tooth in order to ‘mend’ the crack or chipping, which restores both the aesthetics as well as the functionality.
- Misshapen teeth:Misshapen teeth are those which are naturally out of shape. Such teeth ruin the appearance of the smile, which is why it is best to get them shaped perfectly using veneers.
- Discolored teeth:Teeth tend to lose their lustre as a person ages, which makes them look dull and discolored. Also, regular consumption of colored food and beverages stain the teeth. A veneer covers the entire frontal surface of a tooth, which is why it helps restoring badly discolored teeth.
- Worn out teeth:For patients with bruxism, teeth tend to wear out over the course of time, which leads to their hypersensitivity. The biting surface of the teeth can be restored using veneers.
- Spacing:Patients with a wider dental arch tend to have teeth which are placed wide apart from each other. The excessive spacing between adjacent teeth can be gotten rid of using veneers.
Prior to starting the treatment procedure, the dentists checks the oral setup for any underlying issues or infections that might affect the process. Next, the tooth that requires the veneer will have to be prepared for the veneer. X-rays will be taken to determine the severity of the chipping, cracks or wear (in case the tooth is damaged) and also to map out the position of the veneer.
The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and buffed. This is done to accommodate the veneer on it. The thickness of the enamel removed is usually equal to the thickness of the veneer. An impression of the tooth is taken on a mold and sent to a dental laboratory, where the veneer will be fabricated. It would take a few weeks time for the veneer to be ready to bond.
During the process of bonding, the veneer would be placed on the tooth and checked for perfect fit and comfort multiple times before it is permanently bonded on to the tooth. When the shape of the veneer is finalized, the dentist prepares the tooth for bonding. The tooth surface would be roughened, so that the veneer can adhere to it, and photosensitive dental adhesives would be used for the bonding process. A laser would be used to activate and harden the adhesive, after which the final bite test will be taken.
Why should you choose veneers?
- Veneers are stain resistant, meaning, they do not get discolored easily.
- They are tough and long-lasting.
- Since they are made from ceramic, they closely resemble the color and texture of the teeth, making them hard to distinguish from natural teeth.
- They help to alter the contour of ill shaped teeth, cover the excessive gaps between teeth, and to treat the cracks and chipping.
Get rid of your cosmetic dental issues with Veneers. Schedule an appointment with EDental and our highly trained team of dentists will be happy to help.