What are Dental Veneers?
Dental Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their colour, shape, size, or length.
In dentistry, Veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth. Veneers can improve the aesthetics of a smile and protect the tooth's surface from damage.
There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental lab, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using resin cement. Usually used for the treatment of adolescent patients who will require a more permanent design once they are fully grown. A full veneer crown is described as "a restoration that covers all the coronal tooth surfaces. Laminate veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer that covers only the surface of the tooth and generally used for aesthetic purposes. These typically have better performance and aesthetics and are less plaque retentive.
Dental Veneers Types
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers. They also better mimic the light-reflecting properties of natural teeth. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
Dental Veneer Benefits
Veneers offer these advantages:
They provide a natural tooth appearance.
Gums tolerate porcelain well.
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant.
A colour can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter.
They generally don't require as much shaping as crowns do, yet they are stronger and look better.
Dental Veneer After Care
Dental veneers do not require any special care. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash as you normally would.
Even though porcelain veneers resist stains, your dentist may recommend that you avoid stain-causing foods and beverages (for example, coffee, tea, or red wine).
What Types of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
Teeth that are discoloured because of:
root canal treatment
stains from tetracycline or other drugs
large resin fillings
Teeth that are worn down
Teeth that are chipped or broken
Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)