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If your teeth have suffered minor damage, you may want to consider the option of veneers.
Veneers or porcelain veneers are designed as a thin layer of material. They will typically fit over the front surface of one of the teeth in your mouth. This is remarkably similar to the way a fake fingernail will fit over a nail to alter the appearance.
With a veneer, it is possible to improve various aesthetic features of a tooth. This includes the color, position or even the shape of the teeth. When a dentist selects a veneer, they will ensure that the shade perfectly matches the tooth. Alternatively, a shade can be chosen to improve a tooth that is discolored or potentially lighten the front teeth in your mouth. You might also have a tooth that is chipped. In this case, a veneer will ensure that the tooth looks whole and correct the issue. For this to work, the veneer will cover the entirety of the front tooth with a thicker piece. This will fix the broken part.
In some cases, veneers may also be used to close gaps in the teeth. This may be useful in cases where braces or orthodontic treatment will not be a suitable option. Alternatively, a veneer can be used to bring a tooth that is just slightly out of line back into place.
What Are Veneers Made Out Of?
Usually, a veneer will be made out of porcelain, however, this is not always the case. It is possible that a natural-color composite material may be used instead. The benefit here is that the cost is significantly reduced. Porcelain is the most expensive option due to its natural appearance as well as the sensory benefits. Porcelain is one of the best materials for dental restoration because, as well as being translucent, it feels like a natural part of the mouth.
Main benefits Of Veneers
Veneers will provide numerous benefits and the main purpose of them is to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth or mouth. Other options for restoration require an extensive preparation process however, veneers are different. In the case of veneers, it is possible to simply add the material with the right level of adhesive. As such, there is little to no preparation required.
The Process Of Fitting A Veneer
The process of fitting a veneer can differ depending on the individual treatment. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove some of the outer enamel of the tooth. This is to ensure that the veneer fits seamlessly and matches the surrounding teeth. As such, the amount removed will be small and will match the same width as the veneer itself. This is again to ensure that there is a beautiful natural appearance for the final result.
In some cases, it may be necessary to use a local anesthetic. The aim here is to ensure that there is little to no discomfort for the patient. However, the majority of the time this will not be required.
After the teeth have been prepared the right way, it will be necessary to take an impression of the tooth in question. This will ensure that a veneer can be created that perfectly matches it. The veneer will also be designed with the right color to ensure that it does match the surrounding teeth. Alternatively, multiple veneers can be used to ensure that teeth look whiter and brighter.
The entire process will usually be completed in two visits. However, in some cases, it can take a little longer. The first visit is used to ensure that the tooth is prepared the right way and that the shade can be matched. On the second visit, the tooth will be fitted.
A patient will always be shown how the veneer is going to look before it is fully bonded and fitted to the tooth. This is completed using an advanced adhesive. It will ensure that the veneer remains firm and secure, even during typical processes.
While some dental practices may fit a temporary veneer after the preparation process, this is not usually needed. The only noticeable difference during the preparation phase is that the tooth may feel a little rougher than you are accustomed too.
How Long Will Your Veneer Last
Veneers tend to be as durable as natural teeth. However, this does mean that like natural teeth they can chip and break over time. You will be told how long your dental veneer will last by the team who fixes it for you. Some veneers will last a lifetime while others will last for a few years. This also depends on where the veneer is fitted. Some teeth are used more than others and as such may suffer from more wear and tear.
If the veneer is damaged, it can usually be adjusted and repaired over time. You can also consider opting to have a new veneer fitted. A veneer can also be adjusted in minor ways once it has been fitted if it does not look or feel quite right.
There are a variety of different alternatives to the typical veneer that you may wish to consider. For instance, you can think about fillings. Filling materials can be used that will match the natural color of the tooth. This will be useful if a tooth is able to support a filling. However, it is not particularly suitable when the corner of a tooth has been chipped or damaged. For patients who have an overbite or underbite, dental braces may be a better option.
Alternatively, a crown may be necessary when there has been damage to a tooth that has been broken. A tooth may also need a crown if it has been weakened significantly by a root canal treatment or a large filling.
If you find yourself needing a cosmetic dental clinic that is of high quality, contact our team at Best Dental today.