Veneers (also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are ultra-thin, custom-made layers of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material. They are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to cover up discolorations, to brighten teeth and to better a smile. The procedure requires little or no anesthesia.
When would I require a veneer?
Veneers can mask undesirable defects; teeth stained by cigarettes, tea, coffee , damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are routinely used to fix teeth that are worn down, dis-colored or defected. Veneers are also suitable for covering up dis-colored fillings in front of teeth and chipped or broken teeth. Patients with misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth or with teeth with gaps between them may also consider veneers. They don’t normally require the thorough shaping before the procedure that crowns do, and yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative. Normally, veneers on teeth will last for many years, going up to somewhere between 5 and 10 years, provided they are properly placed.
What’s the Procedure for Getting a Dental Veneer?
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, about 1/2 millimeter of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed to make space for the veneer to be bonded permanently in place later. Before trimming off the enamel, you and your dentist may discuss the need for a local anaesthetic (injection) to numb the area, but often this is not needed. Once the tooth has been prepared, your dentist will take an impression (mould) of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The color of the veneer will be made to match the shade of your surrounding teeth in order for it to look entirely natural.
Advantages of using Dental Veneers
- The porcelain that is used to make veneers is tolerated by gum tissue
- Veneers blend in with the teeth will provide a natural tooth appearance
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant
A week or two after insertion, will be a period of adjustment as you get used to your “new” teeth which will be different in size and shape. Follow your normal oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing daily. After one or two weeks of the procedure ,try and return to your dentist for a follow-up appointment.