Dental veneers are thin custom-built shells made of porcelain or resin composite materials to cover the front surface of the teeth. They are custom-designed to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth so that they resemble your natural teeth and boost your smile and confidence.
Read on to learn more about veneers and if they are a suitable option for you.
When Would You Require a Dental Veneer?
You would require them if you have:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Irregularly shaped, uneven, or misaligned teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Gapped teeth
What Are Their Benefits?
Some of the major benefits are:
- They enhance your appearance by providing the smile you desire
- They look and work like your natural teeth
- There is little to no time needed to prepare your teeth for the procedure
- They are healthy and resistant to stains
- They offer an excellent solution to those who cannot undergo teeth whitening
How Are Your Teeth Prepared for the Procedure?
Local anesthesia is used during the tooth preparation to ensure maximum comfort to the patient. Your dentist will remove a small amount of the outer enamel surface of your tooth to provide space for a veneer to bond permanently in place later. Then, they will take the impression of your removed tooth surface and send it to the lab for making your veneer. They will also ensure that the thickness of the removed outer enamel surface matches with the one soon-to-be placed so that the tooth size is retained after the placement.
How Many Visits Are Required?
You require two visits to your dentist for placing a dental veneer. During your initial visit, your tooth will be prepared and matched with the shade of your teeth. In the second visit, before bonding the veneer, your dentist will check to make sure it fits properly to your tooth. Finally, it will be cemented in place with a special adhesive.
Do You Require a Temporary Veneer Between Visits?
You will not require a temporary veneer, as your tooth will look the same after preparation, but it may feel slightly less smooth.
What to Expect After the Procedure
It takes some time to get accustomed to your veneer. Some minor adjustments may be needed after it is placed. Your dentist will review it after a week to check its placement, how your gums are responding to it, and to ensure that you are fully satisfied with it.
How Much Do They Cost?
The cost varies depending on the dentist location, individual needs, and the material used to make them.
How Long Do They Last?
They can last from 7 to 15 years. However, they can chip or break like your natural teeth. Small damages can be repaired, otherwise, the veneer may have to be replaced with a new one.
What Are the Alternatives?
Natural tooth-colored fillings are used as an alternative to veneers for teeth that need minor repairs on their front surface. This only works for a tooth that can accept and support a filling.
Crowns help to prevent a weak tooth from decaying, cracking, or breaking and are also used for teeth that have had root canal treatment.
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