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Great Smile: Let’s Talk About Veneers

Dental veneers are layers of materials placed over 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, dentists also use laminated veneers, made of thin layer of materials, covering only the surface layer of the tooth, and are usually used for aesthetic purposes. Veneers help 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 suitable.

Some dental veneers require a very little preparation and some don’t, because they are very thin and are held by a special and strong adhesive material, making the teeth look natural and healthy. For veneer placement preparation, the shiny outer surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later on. The amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be applied to ensure that the tooth retain the same size. 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. For a natural look, the veneer color should match the color of the teeth. Veneer treatment takes at least two dental visits, for tooth preparation and veneer fitting. Your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth for your observation and satisfaction before bonding it in place. 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.

Your dental team will tell you how long your veneer will last, but it should last for many years, and it may chip or break just as your own teeth, which are repairable. For minor repairs, a natural-colored filling material can be used. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that are broken, have been weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneers are important for aesthetics, restoring a fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple veneers can replace worn away tooth or teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps. Veneers are also recommended for aging patients who wear dentures and those with yellow teeth that cannot be whitened by tooth whitening products.