What are Dental Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are durable ceramic sheaths that are custom-designed to improve the appearance of chips, gaps, stains, and even teeth misalignment’s. Made to match the appearance of your surrounding teeth, porcelain dental veneers can both look and feel very natural – plus, they can last for decades.
What are the ADVANTAGES of dental veneers?
Veneers offer the following advantages:
– They provide a natural tooth appearance
– Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well
– Porcelain veneers are stain resistant
– The colour can be selected to make dark teeth appear whiter
– Veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative
What happens during the PROCEDURE ?
Patients may need up to three appointments for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation and bonding.
It’s critical that you take an active role in the smile design. Spend time in the planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one consultation, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dentist understands your objectives.
To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are generally done in one appointment. After the tooth is prepared, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This may take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a temporary veneer can be placed, at an additional cost.
When your ceramic veneers are ready, the dentist places each veneer on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, view the results, and pay particular attention to the color. At this point, the color of the veneers can still be adjusted with the shade of the cement to be used. The color cannot be altered after veneers are cemented. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a light beam hardens the cement.