Learn more about the latest in cosmetic dentistry and how it works to make you look better than before.
Dental veneers, also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance.
Veneers are routinely used to fix the following:
- Teeth that are discoloured either because of root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discoloured the tooth.
- Teeth that are worn down
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Procedure for Getting a Dental Veneer:
Getting a dental veneer usually requires three trips to the dentist – one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process described below.
Procedure: About 1/2 millimetre of enamel from the tooth surface is removed, (which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer to be added to the tooth surface). Before trimming off the enamel, there will be the need for a local anaesthetic to numb the area. Next, the dentist will make a model or impression of your tooth. This model is sent out to a dental laboratory, which in turn constructs your veneer. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for your dentist to receive the veneers back from the laboratory. For very unsightly teeth, temporary dental veneers can be placed for an additional cost.
Bonding: Before the dental veneer is permanently cemented to tooth, dentist will temporarily place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color. He or she will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement to be used. Special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth.
Your dentist may ask you to return for a follow-up visit in a couple of weeks to check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer and to once again examine the veneer's placement.
But, once it is all done, you can enjoy the compliments and confidence that come from a beautifully flawless smile.