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Great Smile: Let’s Talk About Veneers

In the field of dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of material, such as porcelain, placed over the front of a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Composite dental veneers are either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over the tooth, while porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated in a dental lab. On the other hand, laminated dental veneers are also used by dentists for aesthetics purpose. 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. In the process of placing the veneer, an outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. The amount of enamel that is removed is tiny, and it will be the same as the veneer thickness to be fitted, similar to the same size of your tooth. Local anesthesia is used to prevent discomfort, but often not needed. An impression mold will be given to a dental technician, along with other information to make the veneer, after the tooth has been prepared. Dentists make sure that the color of the teeth matches the color of the veneer for a natural look. Veneer dental service takes at least two dental visits, first is for tooth preparation and second is veneer fitting. Before bonding the veneer in place, your doctor will allow you to first check the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are satisfied and happy with it. There are only minor adjustments needed after it is fitted, and it is recommended to wait a little while before making any changes, so you can get used to it.

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 addressing minor damage such as chips, a natural-colored filling material can be used. For teeth that need to be strengthened, crowns are used, either because they are broken, have been weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneer is an important tool for cosmetic dentists, and because it is often used for aesthetic purposes, it helps restore 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. Dental veneers are also a good options for those who have yellow teeth that won’t whiten, and aging patients with dentition.

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