Veneers are customized shells that are used to cover the front surface of the teeth, where they cover up cracks, chips, stains, and other cosmetic problems. Veneering is the most common cosmetic treatment in dentistry. Dental veneers are made of porcelain or resin-composite materials which are attached to the tooth surface permanently. Veneering is usually done for cosmetic purposes and is done generally in the anterior teeth.
What Is Meant by Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored covering that covers the front surface of the anterior teeth. Technicians use good quality materials like porcelain, or tooth-colored composite to make up these coverings. These veneers are a range of cosmetic treatments that are used to correct aesthetic imperfections, chips, cracks, gaps, tooth discoloration, etc.
Types of Veneer:
Porcelain Veneer: Porcelain veneers are the most commonly used type of veneer which are used to correct the aesthetic imperfection. These veneers are customized accordingly to fit the dental anatomy. Before placing these veneers, some enamel should be removed from the natural teeth, this is done to roughen the natural teeth which helps the veneer to stay in place.
What Is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneer With Composite Veneer?
What Is the Procedure to Be Followed to Place Veneer Over the Tooth Surface?
The following steps are involved in placing a veneer over the tooth surface.
What Is the Procedure to Be Followed Before Placing a Dental Veneer?
In the initial appointments, the dentist will examine the person’s teeth and gums to see whether the person is eligible for veneering. Before placing veneers, a small amount of the enamel should be removed from the natural tooth, which makes the surface rough. This helps in the better placement of the veneers. After the removal of the enamel, a dental impression is taken which helps in customizing the veneers. In the case of composite veneers dental impressions are not required. It takes some time for the lab to customize the veneers, until then the dentist may provide temporary veneers.
What Happens During the Placement of Veneers?
During the second visit, the dentist checks for the shape, color, and fit of the veneer. Once the fit is proper it is cemented permanently to the tooth structure. After cementation, the bite is checked and the required corrections are made. If any changes regarding the color, shape, or fit are needed the dentist along with the lab person works to provide a satisfactory result.
What Are the Uses of Veneer?
A dental veneer is needed under the following conditions:
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Wearing a Veneer?
Individuals with veneer placed on their teeth cannot bite hard food using the front teeth (such as apples, meat, guava, biscuits, etc.)
How Can Veneers Be Maintained?
Some common methods to maintain veneers are:
Twice brushing should be done with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft bristle brush.
Flossing should be done once daily.
Antibacterial mouthwash should be used on a regular basis.
The tooth where veneers are placed should not be used as a tool for tearing packages, cloth tags, etc.
A regular dental checkup is required for examination and cleaning.
What Are the Alternate Options Other Than Veneers?
Dental restorative techniques other than veneers include,
What Is the Variation Between Veneer, Crown, and Implant?
Veneer is not the same as a crown or implant, as the veneer is used to cover only the anterior part of the tooth. Veneers are also very thin when compared to crowns and implants. Veneering is an invasive method where only some of the enamel is removed whereas in the case of a crown placement most of the tooth structure is removed.
Dental veneers are cosmetic treatment options that help to enhance the smile and boost the confidence of a person. There are advantages and disadvantages in the veneering procedure, so before going for the procedure the person should know about the pros and cons so they can make an informed decision. The person should discuss this with the dentist to clear out the cosmetic requirements and find out if dental veneering is a good option.