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Dental Veneers

  • March 17, 2021
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Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells or coverings made of porcelain or various types of composite materials that are placed over the visible parts of your teeth.

These teeth overlays cover the front of each tooth they are applied and look just like natural teeth (but better) and are meant to improve the appearance of your smile.

Dental veneers are customised to match the colour and general shape of your existing teeth so they look just like new and improved versions of your own teeth.

If you have noticeably chipped, broken, or worn teeth, or stains on your teeth that cannot be fixed by bleaching or whitening treatments, then veneers might be a good choice for you.

Veneers can also mask grayness or other discolourations caused by root canals and drug treatments like tetracycline or excessive fluoride, or even cover over an old tooth filling that has discoloured or are more obvious than you’d like.

How Do Veneers Work?

Teeth veneers work by covering your existing teeth with a wafer-thin layer of porcelain or similar composite material or composite resin.

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They are applied by removing 0.3 – 0.5 millimeters off the surface of the tooth in order to preserve the nerve of the tooth and keep it at maximum strength, ensuring that your veneers teeth last for a long time and that there will be little to no issues replacing them if necessary in the future.

You do not have to cover every tooth with a veneer, just the ones that are problematic and potentially the neighboring teeth.

Your dentist can make the best possible recommendation as to how many individual veneers you need and match their shape and colour to the natural teeth the veneers are surrounded by.

Moreover, you can get full veneers that completely cover the tooth, or partial veneers that only cover damaged or discoloured areas depending on the problems that you want to solve and the current state of your mouth.

Many people choose to only veneer their front teeth (top or bottom or both) since those are the most visible.

Sometimes your dentist can fit in individual tooth veneers like puzzle pieces if much of your smile is already the way you want it; each veneer can be coloured to match your existing teeth for a seamless look.

Types of Dental Veneers

There are several different types of tooth veneers or dental veneers available.

The right material for you depends on the problems you want to fix.

Porcelain veneers are considered to be the best at resisting stains and mimicking the light-reflecting shine of natural healthy teeth, while resin composite veneers are less expensive and can be a good alternative, but they do not always last as long as porcelain veneers.

In fact, porcelain veneers are considered to be the original or traditional type of veneers, but composite tooth veneers and resin tooth veneers are also a possibility depending on your goals, the issues with your teeth, and what your dentist recommends.

Another and simpler way to get teeth veneers is to ask your dentist if no-prep veneers will work for you.

Think of these types of dental veneers as contact lenses for your teeth.

There’s no drilling, sanding, or grinding or major numbing involved in getting no-prep veneers, but they can alter the colour and appearance of your teeth.

That said, if your teeth are seriously chipped or damaged texturally, or structured or pointed in a way that requires some reshaping before veneers can really make a difference, no-prep veneers may not work for you.

It is also possible to get a mixture of no-prep and traditional porcelain veneers at the same time, which can be beneficial since even a few less invasive veneers can speed up your recovery time and lessen the potential damage to your underlying tooth enamel; ask your dentist what might work best for your teeth and your dreams for your smile.

Advantages of Dental Veneers

  • they are relatively non-invasive and less painful than braces or other orthodontics.
  • they are also not totally permanent so they can be adjusted as your face changes as you age (a set lasts around ten years), and they are totally customizable so you can likely achieve your ideal natural looking smile.
  • unlike more invasive or extensive dental procedures like porcelain crowns or teeth caps, teeth veneers also do not require extensive shaping of your gums or existing teeth to install, so they are considered to be a more conservative option and relatively low risk since they can be removed or altered or replaced at a later date.
  • if you choose to remove your veneers later, your underlying teeth should still be healthy and functional afterwards, provided there were no complications with the veneers while they were in place in your mouth.
  • getting veneers on your teeth can also be a good solution if you have stains or discolourations on your teeth that resist or cannot be treated by bleaching or whitening treatments, or if you have crooked teeth or gaps in your teeth and you want to want to avoid the pain and less than desirable appearance of braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic devices.

Disadvantages of Veneers

  • once veneers are applied, they are there to stay – for several years at least, and removal can be painful.
  • since your teeth are sanded or grinded down slightly to adhere the veneer to the tooth, removing them will affect the look and feel of your teeth if you don’t get a new set installed.
  • another thing to keep in mind is that porcelain veneers are not easy to chip but if they do chip or crack, you’ll need to remove it the chipped veneer and replace it with a new one.
  • they can be damaged if you grind your teeth, and the underlying tooth or teeth beneath the veneer can still decay, necessitating the need for a crown, cap, dental implants or mini dental implants in the future.
  • you still have to look after your veneers like natural teeth with good brushing, flossing and regular dental cleans.
  • once you get veneers on your teeth, they may initially be more sensitive to hot and cold foods or liquids for a short period of time.
  • keep in mind that if you plan to get lip injections, fillers, or other cosmetic procedures around the mouth, lip, chin, and cheek area, the changes to your face can affect the appearance of your teeth veneers.
  • if you want to whiten or bleach your non-veneer covered teeth, you’ll want to do that before you get dental veneers placed, since once they are installed you cannot alter the colour or shade of the porcelain or composite material.

How to Get Veneers?

Getting dental veneers is a process that involves multiple steps.

  1. The first appointment is for diagnosis of your dental problems and treatment planning.
  2. The second appointment is for the review of your customised veneers.
  3. Finally, the third appointment is when your new teeth veneers are actually installed. Before the veneers are actually glued into place, your dentist will place them over your teeth and make any final tweaks or adjustments to the shape, fit, and even the colour (which can be adjusted via the shade of the dental cement used to adhere them).

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Properly installed porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade or even longer if you take good care of them.

Gum tissue tends to tolerate porcelain quite well, especially since it is very similar to the texture and strength of your actual teeth.

Veneers are quite strong – nearly as strong as your actual teeth, if you take care of them properly and keep certain precautions in mind.

If your dental veneers crack or get damaged somehow, contact your dentist immediately to assess the damage and get them repaired or replaced.

Broken veneers can harm the tooth enamel or even the root of the tooth underneath, so it is important to get any issues resolved right away.

Take Good Care of Your New Smile

Care must be taken not to abuse veneers because the thin porcelain shells or composite layers can be damaged or break.

Your dentist may advise you against certain uses or dietary tendencies (such as eating carrots) and may recommend you wear a protective appliance while sleeping, especially if you are a bruxer.

Smile with veneers

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