A dental veneer or porcelain shell, is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth. Veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length to design a new smile for the patient.
Veneers can be made of porcelain or resin composite material, being porcelain the best option because resist stains better and looks more natural.
When a veneer is needed?
Veneers are a popular choice for people who want to improve the color, shape and position of their teeth. These thin coverings that are placed over the front part of the tooth can be used to correct a lot of dental issues such as:
- Teeth with gaps between them
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
Advantages of dental veneers?
Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, creating a beautiful smile for patients. Also very little preparation of the tooth is needed and offer the following advantages
- Provide a natural tooth appearance.
- Stain resistant.
- The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected.
- Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
- Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape;
What’s the procedure for dental veneers?
The procedure usually takes 3 visits to the dentist in which the dentist will make a diagnosis, prepare and make the veneres, and apply them as decribed below:
Diagnosis and treatment planning.
In this first step the patient will explan the dentist the results that is trying to acheive. The dentist will make an examination of the teeth to make sure that veneres are appropriate and discuss the process and its limitations. Xrays and dental impressions of mouth and teeth may be taken.
To prepare a tooth for a veneer, some of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth is removed which is an amount nearly equal to the thickness of the veneer, just to make room for it. For this procedure, you and your dentist will decide the need for a local anesthetic to numb the area. The next step is to take impression of the tooth to send it to the laboratory to make the veneres. Temporary dental veneers can be used for very unsightly teeth.
With the final veneers done, dentist will place it on your tooth to examine its fit and color and will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit. For the permanent placing of the veneer the dentist will prepare your tooth. It will be cleaned, polished, and etched. A special cement is applied to the veneer and the veneer is then placed on your tooth. Once properly position on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light beam to the dental veneer, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure very quickly.
The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer as necessary.
What happens after the veneer is fitted?
Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Also it is important to follow these recommendations:
- Veneers can chip or break under pressure. Avoid biting your fingernails and chewing on hard objects.
- It may take you a few days to get used to the feel of your veneers. But do let your dentist know if your bite does not feel right after the veneer has been placed.
- Keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing each day. You can still get cavities under or around veneers.
How long will a veneer last?
Veneers generally last between 7 and 15 years and after this time, the veneers would need to be replaced. Veneers also can chip or break, just like your own teeth can. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.
At Kemm Clinic we have the best technology and our own laboratory to make the whole process quickly and with the best materials. That why we can ensure the quality of all our work done.