Dental veneers are restorations that are designed to hide minor to moderate levels of surface imperfections. Veneers are mostly used at the more visible areas of the teeth, i.e, the front surface. The wafer-like shells are bonded on the front of the teeth restoring its color, shape, size, and other factors.
When should you opt for dental veneers?
Although patients have the choice to choose their restoration, the dentist would always be the best person to decide which restoration would be the best. Veneers are mostly suggested for patients who may have the following condition.
- Teeth discoloration which may be the result of a root canal treatment, stains, or due to large dental fillings.
- Worn down teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Teeth with gaps
What is the procedure of getting dental veneers?
Getting dental veneers takes place through a series of steps.
Diagnosis and Treatment Planing
During this period, the dentist would examine your teeth to ensure whether dental veneers are appropriate for you. This would involve taking X-rays and taking impressions of your teeth.
In order to prepare your teeth to receive the dental veneer, the dentist would remove about 0.5 mm of enamel from your teeth's surface, an amount that would be closely equal to the thickness of the veneer to be received. All procedures are done after numbing the area of the mouth. After making a model of your teeth, the impression would be sent to the labs to create the veneer.
The dentist would carefully place the veneer on the surface of the tooth to examine its fit and color. To prepare your teeth to receive the veneer, the dentist would clean and polish the tooth. A bonding material would be applied on the veneer and it would be placed on the tooth. Once positioned, a curing light would be hovered over the veneer allowing it to harden.
The dentist would remove any excess bonding material, evaluate the patient's bite, and make any final adjustments to the veneer.
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