Veneers, also called porcelain veneers or laminates, are thin shells of porcelain that are customised to fit perfectly on the existing teeth. They are typically used for cosmetic purposes; however, they can protect your teeth from decay and stain as well as correct chipped and discoloured teeth. They can help you get the perfect smile you always deserved by hiding slight gaps between the teeth. Besides, veneers can change the shape, size and colour of your existing teeth.
There are a variety of dental problems that veneers can correct. These include:
The most common option for a treatment is composite veneer. They are applied by the dentist for fixing small dental issues such as cracked or chipped teeth. However, they can also be used for repairing slightly crooked teeth and for filling the space between the teeth.
This is a good option if you want to fix most of your teeth since the method is inexpensive and easy to complete. Although these veneers are highly susceptible to discolouration and staining, regular polishing will make them look great and long lasting. The treatment can be completed in one visit though it may be a longer appointment than expected.
Porcelain veneers are amongst the most cost-effective dental treatments. The complete transformation of a person's smile makes it well worth the investment. The dentist will customise a unique set of teeth so that they match perfectly with the colour and shape of the patient’s tooth. The ultimate product is highly resistant to staining and less prone to cracking and chipping.
The treatment involves multiple appointments, with the initial work being done by the dentist and creation of the veneers taking place at the dental laboratory. The process is vmore costly and the initial preparation, sculpting and reshaping will take much longer time than anticipated.
Veneers can be applied in only two visits to your dentist’s chamber after the initial consultation. Your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and discuss your dental objectives during the consultation. The next visit involves the dentist extracting a portion of the tooth enamel and taking impressions to create your veneers. During the final visit, your dentist will fix your veneers temporarily to ensure that it fits perfectly. Once everything is perfect, your teeth will be cleaned and polished for permanent bonding. A few weeks after the process, you will have to visit your dentist for a follow-up visit to be sure that everything is perfect and you aren’t experiencing any discomfort.
You will have to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Avoid eating food that may damage your teeth such as hard candy or chocolates. By taking proper care of veneers, they should last for at least 5 to 10 years. After that, you will have to replace them.