What exactly are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layered chips made from porcelain or poly ceramic material that gives natural look to the teeth. They are placed and glued to the teeth surface to correct and enhance the look of the teeth. These are custom designed to match the particular tooth shape in order to fit over a particular tooth, to cover a problem or improve the appearance.
What do veneers do? What are the benefits of veneers?
Many times the enamel of the tooth gets worn out or discolored, due to habits like smoking or consumption of tea, coffee, soft drinks etc. Sometimes certain portion of the tooth may develop a crack or the corners may get chipped off. Dental veneers cover away these problems. Some people born with some space between their teeth find that it gets wider as they grow up. This uneven spacing can cause problems like food lodging resulting in further deterioration of the tooth. Dental veneers are also used to correct these types of problems. Dental veneer improves the tooth shape, corrects the irregularities and makes your smile more beautiful.
How many sittings does it take to fit the dental veneers?
It generally takes at least 2 visits to the dentist to get the veneer fitted in place. The first visit is to get the tooth prepared and second one to fit and bond the veneers on the tooth. A follow up session may be recommended just to examine that patient is comfortable and teeth are functioning normally.
The procedure for Dental veneers
Attaching a dental veneer is a two step process. In the first stage the tooth is prepared by removing a certain amount of enamel from the surface. The layer of the enamel which is removed is very slight. It is equal to the thickness of the veneer. This is done in order to make sure that the veneer is bonded to the tooth permanently. Then it is also important to match the shade of the tooth color.
In the second stage the veneer is actually fitted on the tooth. It is very thin and is held by a very strong bond. Although the entire procedure is completely painless, local anesthesia can be administered to the patient in order to eliminate any discomfort.
How long can the veneers last? And what if there are problems later?
Veneers typically last for years. The best authority to comment on the lasting time of the porcelain veneer would be the dentist only. Generally there are no problems. It is advisable to wait for a week and get used to the new fitting. However, if required some minor adjustments can be made. Porcelain dental veneers look very much like healthy shining teeth and can considerably improve your facial value.