Veneers

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A dental veneer is an excellent way to restore the contours and shape of your teeth. This is a good treatment option as it less invasive to the tooth and relatively affordable.

Some veneered teeth do not require any tooth preparation. The first step would be cementation. After washing the etching gel off your tooth and drying it, your dentist will apply a layer of clear “bonding agent.”. (This creates the actual bond with the tooth’s etched enamel surface.) Cement (having the color previously chosen) is then placed inside the veneer, which is then squished into place.

A veneer is a form of the dental cosmetic product that protects the surface of discolored or damaged teeth. Think of it as a “jacket” for your teeth. Porcelain veneers can be very similar to real teeth. A porcelain veneer is a semi-translucent, wafer-thin shell or coating made of tooth-colored porcelain. They are indirectly manufactured and fabricated in a dental lab by a technician and will be bonded later to the damaged tooth. The translucent nature allows the veneers to mimic enamel characteristics, which is not entirely possible with other materials.

Dentists have used veneers to cover a variety of cosmetic dental problems: Stained or discolored teeth are made functional and beautiful. They are ideal for dealing with complaints of gaps between teeth, broken and chipped teeth, worn down teeth, etc. Also, misshapen, uneven or crooked teeth or teeth that are too small or out of proportion can be restored using veneers. With the gain of popularity, it is also becoming commonplace to treat sensitive teeth with this procedure. Porcelain veneers do not require extended visits; dentist can apply this technique in two or three appointments.

The common types of veneers are either made of composite or porcelain. Composite veneers cover the facial surface of the tooth to correct the position, color or shape of the tooth. This type can be directly made on your teeth by your dentist during your dental appointment. This is cost-effective to correct cracks, small gaps, chips, and to treat discoloration of teeth. It is a fast alternative if you are in a hurry. On the same note, porcelain veneers also provide the solution for some dental problems, e.g.,; fractures, discoloration, cracks, and worn down enamel.

No doubt there are many advantages that the veneer presents. Still, there are some precautions to take in mind. Patients ought to note that this is an irreversible process because it involves cutting of the tooth structure. It is essential to get rid of a small amount of enamel to make room for the fixing of veneer. Hence, dental experts recommend avoiding food and beverages that might stain, damage, or discolor the veneers after they are placed in your mouth.

In a nutshell, patients can consider a veneer, especially for the anterior teeth to restore functionality and for cosmetic reasons. It is another excellent option that technology brings into the industry. Next time when you see celebrities with excellent front teeth, those are probably veneers.