The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) defines a veneer as a thin piece of porcelain that is used to re-create the natural look of teeth. Veneers not only cosmetically improve a smile but also add strength and resilience to the tooth enamel.
Who Should Get Veneers?
Veneers are the ideal choice for people who have stained, decayed or chipped teeth.
These porcelain fittings also help to close misalignments and gaps in the teeth. In a word, they are a quick and simple solution for a natural-looking, beautiful smile.
However, since veneers are permanent, choosing to get them is a big decision. It’s important to learn all about veneers before you decide to get them.
What Kind of Veneers Should You Get?
Although there are many types of veneers available now, the most popular choice is a porcelain veneer. Porcelain adds strength to the teeth and lasts for a reasonably long time (10-20 years).
Porcelain veneers also are cosmetically favourable as they correctly match the natural look, shape and colour of teeth. The placement of these types of veneers can require multiple appointments.
The other major type of veneer is the composite resin veneers. These veneers require a single-stage procedure and are less expensive than porcelain veneers. The major drawback of composite veneers is that they don’t last very long.
How Are Veneers Placed?
The placement of porcelain veneers will typically need two appointments, whereas the composite veneers can take only a single.
The first phase of the veneer placement includes cleaning the tooth and selecting the right shade for the veneer. Then, a prototype or impression of the tooth is made in the laboratory to construct the ideal shape of the veneer. During this phase, a temporary veneer may be placed in your tooth.
Once the veneer is ready, it is placed in the second appointment. Adhesives and cement are applied to secure the veneer on your tooth.
Any excess material is removed, and the teeth are then polished.
The procedure is comfortable and relatively short. It is performed under local anaesthesia.
Our dentists advise a follow-up schedule to assess the status of your veneer.
How to Care For Your Veneer?
Make the most out of your veneers by taking good care of them through regular brushing and flossing. You should also try to avoid beverages like coffee or teas that can stain the veneer.