What are Dental Veneers?
A veneer is a “cover” for a tooth. It can be used when the tooth needs reconstruction or for cosmetic dentistry purposes. Today’s modern porcelain veneers are replacing the traditional composite veneers.
The porcelain in dental veneers is specially produced for dental use to mimic natural look and feel of real teeth. It’s almost impossible to tell whether a person has a perfect natural smile or porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are made in dental laboratories, ensuring that the results are beautiful and durable.
Getting porcelain veneers is one of the most popular dental treatments for improving the beauty of your teeth. It is a relatively simple procedure that results in an amazing, beautiful smile. Veneers allow dentists to modify the shape and appearance of the front teeth and allow patients to whiten their teeth permanently.
Veneers are like fake nails for teeth because they are a thin, whitish layer of enamel that changes the appearance. However, veneers are carefully customized for you and they are generally made out of highly durable porcelain or ceramic.
The Veneers Procedure:
1 Your prosthodontist will evaluate if you are a good candidate for dental veneers.
2 Once your case is approved, shape and color must be chosen.
3 The next step is to grind down the superficial layer of enamel on your existing teeth in order to make space for the veneer. The color choice is also reconfirmed at this stage. In some cases, veneers can be placed without the need to grind down the surface.
4 A mold of your teeth must be taken so that the veneer can be customized to fit perfectly.
5 A provisional veneer will be placed while the porcelain veneer is being built in the laboratory.
6 When the permanent veneers are ready to be placed, your prosthodontist will remove the temporary veneer and place the porcelain veneers to judge if the veneers are correct and ready for fitting. If the result is satisfactory, the veneers will be permanently glued.
7 There will be one or two final appointments called controls. During these appointments your prosthodontist will double check veneers to ensure that the look and final fit is accurate.
Porcelain veneers offer the following benefits:
- They look just like natural teeth. They are resistant to wear and tear.
- They last for a long time, often for life.
- They are strong, and can be relied upon for normal chewing.
- They don’t get loose with time.
- They feel so natural that you’ll forget about them.