Dental veneers are becoming the more popular solution to fixing the teeth visually. As opposed to a dental crown, a dental veneer covers only the front part of the tooth, making the smile more visually appealing.
Dental veneers have the ability to cover discoloured, slightly crooked, and misshapen teeth. They can be used to cover yellowed or grayish coloured teeth that are not whitened successfully through bleaching. Dental veneers can also hide gaps between teeth, as well as chips and cracks.
In order to prepare the teeth for dental veneers, there are three steps that must be taken in order for the final restoration to be placed on the teeth. Placing veneers takes into account the shape of your face, lips, mouth, and gingiva. A final smile design with be created using your input to ensure your satisfaction with the finished product.
TYPES OF VENEERS
Two different types of veneers are available:
Ceramic veneers : also called laminates, are very thin shells made from dental ceramic that is highly durable. A small amount of your tooth enamel will need to be removed from the sides and front of your teeth in order to provide room for the veneers without them appearing bulky.
An impression will need to be taken of your teeth so that the veneers can be created to fit your mouth in a dental laboratory. A colour guide will be used to match the veneers with your current teeth.
Once the veneers are ready, you will return to the office to have them put into place. They will be tested for fit and shape, and any adjustments that are necessary will be made. Your teeth will then be cleaned and the veneers will be bonded to your teeth using dental cement. If any other adjustments need to be made, this will be done at another visit to the dentist.
Resin Based Composite Veneers : This type of veneer can typically be placed during one visit. The teeth will need to be reshaped and prepared, then the dentist will place the material onto the teeth, sculpting them to fit, and securing them with bonding material. The composite material will be matched to your teeth for colour, and then hardened with a special light. Once they are hardened, the dentist will polish them, so that they appear to be natural teeth.
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CHOOSING VENEERS
In order to have dental veneers put in place, your teeth must be free of tooth decay, and you must not have active periodontal disease. In addition, if you clench your teeth or grind your teeth, you are not considered a good candidate for veneers, as these activities can damage the veneers. Biting your fingernails and chewing on ice and other hard objects can cause chipping, cracking, and peeling, so it is important to avoid these habits.
Aside from routine dental hygiene, no special care is needed for veneers once they are in place. Remember to brush twice per day, floss once per day, and use mouthwash.
In order to learn more about dental veneers, make an appointment today by calling the Sydney Dentist Clinic at (02) 8279 2282 or you can book an appointment online.