Veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the fronts of teeth. They are made of ceramic or resin materials. Veneers are similar to artificial fingernails.
Veneers are used to correct cosmetic defects on teeth or to correct the way that teeth come together. Cosmetic problems that can be corrected with veneers include:
• Teeth that are slightly crooked or stained
• Chipped teeth
• Gaps between teeth
• Teeth that are different lengths
In the past, the only way to correct these or other imperfections was to cover the tooth with a crown. The teeth will need to be reshaped before veneers are put on. Sometimes, very little reshaping is needed. Other times, more of the tooth needs to be removed.
Veneers look like natural teeth. Porcelain veneers resist stains from coffee, tea or smoking better than resin veneers do. But resin veneers can be made thinner. This means less reshaping of the tooth is needed. You and your dentist can talk about whether to use porcelain or resin veneers.
Veneers usually require three dental visits. At the first visit, you and your dentist talk about what will happen. At the second and third visits, the veneers are put on.
1. The first part of any dental procedure is the initial consultation and examination so that the dentist can get a feel for what you want and understand your needs and concerns. The dentist should explain the treatment procedure to you including an accurate guide to the likely costs of your treatment.
2. Before your veneers are designed your dentist will need to reshape and prepare the front surfaces of your teeth so that they can accommodate the veneers. The first stage is to numb the teeth and gums with a local anesthesia so that you do not feel anything during the procedure.
3. Using a special tool called a burr (a dental drill or file) a tiny amount of the front surface of your teeth will be shaved off. The amount removed should be equivalent to the thickness of the veneer that will sit over the top of the tooth.
4. Next an impression or mould (copy) of your teeth is taken. A special dental "putty" is placed into your mouth on a tray and pushed into your teeth so that it takes an imprint of your teeth, similar to how you would leave a footprint in sand.
5. This "impression" or mould of your teeth is then sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory use the impression to cast an accurate model of your teeth which is used as a guide to fabricate your new veneers, this process can tae between one to three weeks.
6. whilst you are waiting for your veneers to be fabricated your dentist you may be fitted with some temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth. Not all dentists will offer temporary veneers.
7. On your second appointment your dentist will fit your new veneers to your teeth. First the dentist may just sit the teeth over your teeth to see how they look with your smile and he or she may need to trim or adjust the veneer.
8. Next your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and the front surfaces etched (roughened) with a special acid gel so that they provide a good surface for the dental cement to stick to.
9. The veneers are then cemented into place and a special curing light is used to activate the dental cement so that it permanently bonds the veneer to the front surface of your prepared tooth. If there is any excess cement it is usually trimmed away and polished to leave a beautiful and natural looking restoration.
Porcelain veneers will typically last between 5-10 years and composite veneers maybe a year or two at the most. The bottom line is that eventually your veneers will need to be replaced.
Although veneers are strongly cemented into place they have been cases where they come loose and fall off, in such situations it is important that you keep hold of your veneer and contact your dentist immediately. To make your veneers last longer it is important to follow a good oral hygiene program and also visit your dentist for check ups on a regular basis.
Bonding often serves as an inexpensive and effective restoration for small chips and cracks in the teeth. Such minor problems may be functionally and cosmetically repaired with a composite "white filling."
A composite resin material is bonded to the tooth in order to fill in the chip or crack and better protect the surrounding tooth structure. But for more severe cases of dullness, wear, discoloration, mild chipping, cracking, spacing, or uneven teeth, dental veneers may be recommended as a more appropriate solution.
Tooth whitening may provide a white smile for mildly discolored teeth. Some people who are interested in veneers will find that their cosmetic dentist will steer them to the simpler alternative of whitening, perhaps combined with some simple orthodontic alignment. The placement of dental veneers requires the “shaping” or “prepping” of all teeth being fitted with the custom-designed shells. This process permanently alters the teeth that are treated and is therefore not recommended if your natural teeth are functionally and esthetically adequate.
If you have a severe case of dull or discolored teeth, you may have to opt for dental veneers. Veneers do have the added benefits of longevity and a proven ability to enhance the appearance of the mouth, smile, and possibly other areas of an aged face that would be better supported by properly shaped teeth. Although veneers require a much larger commitment than teeth whitening, the results are typically well worth it.
At Caoha Dental Clinic, we offer all high quality dental services including: Implant Dentistry, Orthodontics, Esthetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, etc. In addition, there are some other types of treatment such as: Treatment of dental pulp, wisdom teeth, treatment of temporomandibular disorders, treatment of bad breath, etc. With a wide range of services and highly qualified dentists, we are always ready to "Make sure of healthy smile".
• Quality: Treatment quality first
• Service: Your satisfactory is our pleasure
• Fee: a reasonable cost ensure treatment qualit
We always listen, understand your dental needs and work closely with you to achieve the perfect smile of your dreams.