If you want to improve your smile, dental veneers are a simple option. Veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the front (visible) part of the tooth. They look like natural teeth. Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching
chipped or worn teeth
crooked or misshapen teeth
uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
Veneers are made of either porcelain or composite resin material. Your dentist will help you choose the material that is best for you. Each type of veneer has its own benefits.
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is custom-made to fit on the tooth.
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
they are strong and long-lasting
they have a natural-looking surface
less tooth enamel needs to be removed than with a crown or cap
they don’t stain easily
placing porcelain veneers:
To prepare the teeth, the dentist usually removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the teeth. This makes room for the veneers so that your teeth look natural.
The dentist makes will scan prepared teeth. The dentist also decides on the veneer shade that will be best for your smile.
The scan is sent to a dental lab that custom-makes the porcelain veneers to fit your teeth. This may take several days. The dentist may give you temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
At the next visit, the dentist places the veneers on the teeth to check the fit and shape. After any adjustments, the teeth are cleaned and the veneers are bonded to the tooth.
Composite resin veneers
A composite resin veneer is made from a tooth-colored filling material bonded to the tooth.
Benefits of composite resin veneers:
Usually, less tooth enamel needs to be removed than for crowns or porcelain veneers
possible fewer visits to the dentist—sometimes these veneers take just one visit
are easy to fix if they get damaged; although composite veneers are generally not as strong or wear-resistant as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be repaired easily and quickly.
Steps to place composite resin veneers:
After the teeth are prepared or reshaped, the dentist carefully bonds and sculpts the composite material using a color that is best for you.
A special light is used to harden the composite and bond it to your teeth.
The veneers are smoothed and polished to look like natural teeth.
After you get veneers
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. He or she will correct it before you leave the office.
Keep your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing each day. You can still get cavities under or around veneers