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Dental Health: All About Dental Veneers

In dentistry, a veneer refers to a thin layer of material made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, to improve aesthetics or protect it from damage. Composite dental veneers are either indirectly fabricated or directly placed over the tooth, while porcelain veneers are indirectly fabricated in a dental lab. On the other hand, laminated dental veneers are also used by dentists for aesthetics purpose. Veneers improve the color, shape and position of the teeth, making a chipped tooth like whole again, replacing a broken part and close small gaps, when braces are not suitable.

Veneers make our teeth look healthy and natural, and because they are very thin and can be held by a special, strong adhesive, only little preparation is required. For the process of placing the veneer, the shiny outer surface of the tooth may be removed, making sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently applied later. To make sure that the tooth retain the same size, the amount of enamel removed is the same amount of veneer that will be fitted. Although anesthesia is not often needed, it is sometimes used to prevent any discomfort. An impression mold will be given to a dental technician, along with other information to make the veneer, after the tooth has been prepared. Dentists make sure that the color of the teeth matches the color of the veneer for a natural look. Veneer application may take two dental visits, first wherein the first is for tooth preparation, and the second is the actual veneer fitting. Your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth for your observation and satisfaction before bonding it in place. Minor adjustments are made after it is fitted, and it is advisable to wait a little while so you can get used to it before making any changes.

A veneer lasts for many years, however it may chip or break just as your own teeth, but small chips are repairable. For minor repairs, a natural-colored filling material can be used. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that are broken, have been weakened by a large filling, or undergone a root canal treatment. Veneer is an important tool for cosmetic dentists, and since it is used mostly for aesthetic purposes, it restores fractured or discolored tooth, creating a “Hollywood” type makeover. Multiple veneers can replace worn away tooth or teeth edges resulting in prematurely aged appearance, crooked and malpositioned teeth and teeth with small gaps. Veneers are also recommended for aging patients who wear dentures and those with yellow teeth that cannot be whitened by tooth whitening products.