Are you facing dental and oral and dental diseases like stains tooth decay, gingivitis, etc? Your dentist will recommend you get dental veneers to cover your teeth in these cases. 

Let us discuss dental veneers. 

Veneers are a dental treatment that can be used to treat a number of concerns like cosmetic concerns, chipped or broken teeth, discolored teeth, etc. 

Many people get veneers in order to get an even and symmetrical smile. 

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What Are Dental Veneers?

Water-thin, custom-made shells to cover the tooth surface to improve its appearance are known as Dental Veneers. For some people, having damaged or discolored teeth can affect their confidence or self-esteem.

Dental veneers can help improve the appearance of the teeth of your front teeth. These are also known as Porcelain Veneers or Dental Porcelain Laminates. 

During the placement process, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel, which is the thin protective outer covering of the teeth. In most of the cases, veneers cover your front teeth for aesthetic purposes.

Because of this, once the dentist places the veneers, a person cannot remove them or choose not to use them. The teeth bond with the veneers to change their color, shape, size, and length.  

Purpose of Dental Veneers

Your dentist will recommend you getting dental treatments because of the following reason:

1.Discoloration of teeth because of:

  • Root canal treatment
  • Stains from using drugs 
  • Excessive fluoride
  • Resin fillings

2. Worn-down teeth

3. Chipped and broken tooth

4. Misaligned, uneven or irregular shaped teeth 

5. Teeth with gaps between them

 

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Types of Dental Veneers

Veneer shells are typically made of porcelain but can also be formed using composite resin. Your cosmetic dentist will recommend them after describing the advantages and maintenance of these types.

There are different types of veneers to choose from.

These are:

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are the most esthetic and least harmful material for dental restoration. 

They are strong and long-lasting. Porcelain veneers are biocompatible which means that they do not damage the gum and soft tissues surrounding it in the mouth. 

Porcelain is a natural-looking material; therefore, it significantly improves the appearance of your smile. 

Some advantages of using porcelain veneers are:

They easily blend with your natural teeth color. Moreover, they are stain-resistant, strong, and durable. 

By applying them, you lower the chances of breaking, chipping, or fracturing your teeth. 

Furthermore, porcelain veneers protect your gums and their surrounding tissues. 

Lastly, these veneers last for 8 to 15 years. 

Composite Veneers

These veneers are made of composite resin or composite material, which is a mixture of organic and inorganic materials. 

The mixture is a combination of the initiator, the resin, and the coupling agent.

The inorganic material is composite resin is the filler. 

The bonding material used to make composite resin veneers is the same as a tooth filling. While strong composite veneers are not as durable as porcelain veneers. 

These veneers are less expensive; however, they fairly blend with your natural tooth color. 

Advantages of Using Composite Veneers are:

Composite veneers are less invasive in procedures. 

Moreover, the chances of harming your gum are significantly low

Though they are natural-looking they stain over time. 

Also, you do not need to visit your dentist frequently to get them.

Lastly, if your break or chip them, your dentist can easily repair them

Lumineers

Ultra tin porcelain material is used to make this type of veneer. 

To place these veneers on your tooth your dentist will remove less amount of your natural tooth. 

Your dentist will recommend you use this type of veneer if you have discolored and irregularly shaped teeth.  

You may need to get teeth whitening before placing the veneers as you cannot get them on them.

They will make your teeth look smooth and natural. 

The advantages include that they are easily reversible. Moreover, less tooth preparation is required before placing them. 

Removable Veneers

Two types of removable or temporary veneers are available in the market.

These are instant veneers and custom-made clip-on veneers. 

Let us discuss them one by one. 

  1. Instant Veneers: These are cheap cosmetic teeth. You can easily fit them in your mouth by placing hot water and pressing your teeth softly fitting in the material. 
  2. Custom-made Veneers: These are high-quality removable veneers. 

First, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, gums, and bone and is sent to the lab.

The technician will create a custom-fit set of veneers, which are can be easily put on your teeth. 

Preparation For Appointment

You will have a preliminary appointment with your dentist or cosmetic dentist to discuss the right options for you and how many veneers you want, before the treatment. 

Your dentist will recommend you getting braces for a while if your teeth are chipped or broken. 

To evaluate your teeth’ health, your dentist will take an X-ray.

In this X-ray, they look for signs and symptoms of gum diseases, tooth decay, or the need for root canal treatment

You will not be a candidate for veneers if you have any of the above-mentioned conditions. 

Your dentist will trim down about half a millimeter of your tooth to take the accurate size in the next appointment. 

They will take a mold of your teeth after re-sizing your teeth.

This mold is sent to the technician to create veneers for your teeth. 

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How Are Dental Veneers Put On Your Teeth?

It takes about one to two weeks for the technician to make the veneers for your teeth. 

Your dentist will make an appointment for you after the dental veneers arrive at their office to place your veneers.

They will evaluate the fit, shape, and color of the veneer to make sure it is a perfect fit for you.  Your dentist will trim and remove some part of the veneer if it does not fit perfectly to your teeth during the veneering process. 

In the next step, your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth before starting the veneering process.

This is important as it prevents bacteria from attacking your teeth and causing decay after placing the veneers. 

Your dentist will use a grinding tool to create a rough texture on each tooth so that he or she can apply the veneer. This makes it easy for the veneer to attach to your tooth. 

To bond the veneer to your tooth, your dentist will use dental cement.  An ultra-violet light hardens the cement quickly. 

The final steps involve removing any excess cement, checking your bite, and making any required adjustments. 

To check your gums and the placement of your veneers, your dentist will ask you for a follow-up appointment after a week or so. 

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Post Care of Dental Veneers

You do not require many days to recover from the procedure.

You can chew and eat food normally, after your dentist will cement the dental veneers on your teeth. It helps you take measures for dental care as it helpsremove stains that can lead to plaque formation.

Though, you may feel a little rough after your dentist will apply the veneer.

The rough spots will eventually wear down after a few days of eating and brushing your teeth.

Dental Veneers usually last for 8 to 15 years. By taking certain precautions you can make sure that they long last. 

Some of the precautions are:

  • Do not chew on hard objects like ice and hard candy. 
  • Eat harder food with your back teeth. 
  • If you grind and clench your teeth, ask your dentist for a retainer.
  • Do not use your teeth to open a package. 
  • Use a mouthguard while playing sports. 

Life Span of Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers usually last for 8 to 15 years.

Therefore, you need to replace them after this time.

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Benefits of Dental Veneers

There are certain advantages of dental veneers. Some of these are:

Dental veneers provide a natural tooth appearance. 

Moreover, your gums will tolerate porcelain veneers well as compared to other types. 

Also, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. 

If your teeth are of a darker shade, you can make them appear whiter by choosing a different shade of veneer. 

Furthermore, you do not reshape your teeth excessively as in the crown. 

Also, Dental Veneers are strong, durable, and look better as compared to Dental Crowns

Associated Risks

There are a few downsides to dental veneers. 

Such as:

You cannot remove veneers after your dentist applies them to your teeth. 

Moreover, Dental Veneers are more costly as compared to composite resin bonding. 

However, a person can feel sensitivity because your dentist will remove the tooth enamel. 

Sometimes, they are not exactly the same color as your original teeth. 

Furthermore, you cannot opt for a different color after your dentist applies it to your teeth. 

Though, veneers rarely dislodge or fall off. However, do not bite your nails, chew on pencil and eat hard objects like ice and hard candy to prevent it from happening. 

Tooth decay can still take place in your teeth and gums and people who have unhealthy teeth should not get dental veneers. 

Moreover, if you clench and grind your teeth, you are not a good candidate for teeth veneers as they can chip and crack. 

In case your tooth enamel does not exist on the surface of your teeth, you cannot have teeth veneers. 

alternatives

 

Alternatives

Dental Veneers are trans-formative cosmetic dental procedures, which have a number of pros and cons. 

They may look amazing but once you have them, there is no going back. These are a few alternatives to dental veneers to improve the color of your teeth and their shape. 

Teeth Whitening

If you want to get Dental Veneers for changing the color of your teeth, then treatment of teeth whitening is a better option. 

Moreover, you can ask your dentist to do the treatment and do it at home as well if you want. 

Microabrasion

This process involves removing the stains and blemishes on the enamel of your teeth. You will see better and permanent results and regular maintaining is not required. 

Orthodontic Treatments

If you want to re-align your teeth, then you can have braces or clear aligners attached to your teeth. This treatment will give you well-shaped teeth with good color.

Moreover, it helps you retain natural beauty, healthy teeth, and the results are permanent. 

Tooth Re-contouring

If you want to give your teeth an aesthetically pleasing shape, you can ask your dentist for teeth re-contouring. 

This treatment involves reshaping the corners of your teeth, trimming away prominent areas, and improving the shape and texture of your teeth. 

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Conclusion

Dental Veneers are a great option for healthy teeth. They are shells that help you protect and shape your teeth. 

You can apply veneers to your teeth for different reasons like cosmetic concerns, broken or chipped teeth, or reshaping them. You can either get permanent veneers or temporary veneers and it depends on your preference.

A few side risks are associated with getting Dental Veneers, but if you take care of your oral and dental health and follow the dentist’s instructions properly, you can make them last from 8 to 15 years.