Dental veneers are simply ceramic shells that are placed over teeth to give it protection as well as to improve its appearance. Mainly used in cosmetic dentistry, they are typically called porcelain veneers because of the material used. Porcelain is one of the most common materials used in making veneers because they provide the necessary strength and resilience to the tooth structure, and their colour is also very similar to that of the tooth enamel.
Dental veneers are used not only in cosmetic procedures, they are used to treat other dental conditions also. It may be prescribed by dentists when teeth has been fractured – this can be for one or more teeth. Teeth which have been affected by malnutrition or those that have developed crooked or misaligned – all this can be corrected using veneers. Besides this, teeth which have spaces between them, discoloured teeth… all of these can be set right using veneers.
Dental veneers are thin, wafer like materials, so it would not feel like you are wearing something – nor will it be visible to others. Veneers give you a boost in confidence because of it can really improve your smile.
Procedure for getting dental veneers
During a dental examination, our dentists will assess your oral health. They will also suggest if you should consider opting for dental veneers or not. The procedure usually takes one or two visits to the centre.
During the diagnosis and treatment plan, the dentists will also suggest if there are other dental problems to be addressed before the veneers are placed. If your oral health is not up to par, that’s the first thing that need to be treated.
Before placing the veneer, your teeth will first have to be prepared. This involves shaping the teeth so the veneers make a good fit. Small amounts of tooth enamel may need to be removed. You will typically be under local anaesthesia during this procedure.
Then we take the impression of your teeth to prepare a mould which is used to custom-create the veneers to fit your mouth and teeth. After the veneers are ready, your dentist will attach the veneer to your teeth. Excess material is then removed and the veneer is polished.
Your dentist may also place temporary veneers to give you an idea of how it will be when the final veneers are placed. Porcelain veneers are highly durable and last for a long time. Our experienced dentists will also advice you on how to best care for your veneers.
Caring for veneers
Stability, durability, and natural appearance are key features of porcelain veneers. They usually last anywhere between 10 to 15 years. They are very easy to care for – they only require that the regular dental hygiene practices of brushing, flossing etc. are religiously followed. It is also advised that stain causing drinks such as tea, coffee etc. are avoided to maintain the colour of the veneers. But also bear in mind that as these are synthetic devices, and therefore you may have to replace them some time, as they are not permanent.
When one is using porcelain veneers, one needs to be careful not to grind teeth as they will damage veneers. If you have this habit, do discuss this during your consultation, and our dentists can suggest remedial measures such as night guards. To maintain dental veneers, it is best to use specially formulated pastes.
All these details can be discussed during your consultation at our dental centre. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile, give us a call and set up an appointment with us right away.