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Great Smile: Let’s Talk About Veneers

In the field of dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material, such as porcelain, placed over the front of a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Veneers are either made from porcelain or composite material, wherein porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated, while composite veneers are more of a natural color, either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over the tooth using a resin cement. On the other hand, laminated dental veneers are also used by dentists for aesthetics purpose. Veneers are helpful 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 favorable.

Veneers make our teeth look healthy and natural, and because they are very thin and can be held by a special, strong adhesive, only little preparation is required. For the process of placing the veneer, the shiny outer surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. To make sure that the tooth retain the same size, the amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be fitted. To prevent any discomfort, a local anesthesia may be used, although not required. 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. Dentists make sure that the color of the teeth matches the color of the veneer for a natural look. Veneer dental service takes at least two dental visits, first is for tooth preparation and second is veneer fitting. Your doctor will first allow you to check the veneer on your tooth before bonding it in place, to make sure you are satisfied and happy with it. Minor adjustments are made after it is fitted, and it is advisable to wait a little while so you can get used to it before making any changes.

A veneer lasts for many years, however it may chip or break just as your own teeth, but small chips are repairable. For addressing minor damage such as chips, a natural-colored filling material can be used. Instead of dental veneers, crowns are preferred for tooth strengthening, that became broken, 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 dental veneers can close gaps or spaces, worn away edges resulting in premature aged appearance, malpositioned teeth that appear crooked. It is also effective for aged patients wearing dentition and yellow teeth that won’t whiten.